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Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton Awarded Semiconductor Industry's Top Honor
Source: Plant Automation Technology; December 1, 2012

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments, has been named the 2012 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.

The chip industry’s agenda for President Obama: same as it ever was
Source: VentureBeat; December 1, 2012

The U.S. chip industry is sitting pretty, with more than 50 percent of the worldwide semiconductor market, with $150 billion in annual revenues. But it has a long list of policy issues that it would like the newly re-elected President Barack Obama to address.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha Elected Chairman of Semiconductor Industry Association
Source: Design And Reuse; December 1, 2012

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that the SIA Board of Directors has elected GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha as its 2013 chairman and Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research, as its 2013 vice chairman.

Global Medical Bionic Implants Market Worth $17.82 Billion by 2017
Source: Canbiotech; December 1, 2012

Bionics involves the study of biological systems in order to develop artificial systems that can replicate their functions. Bionic implants are mechanical or electronic systems that function like living organisms or parts of living organisms. Bionics, when extended to the field of medicine, seeks to replace or enhance organs or parts of the human body using artificial prosthesis. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2012 to 2017 to reach $17.82 billion by 2017.

VIA Taiwan Looking To Enter Indian Tablet Market
Source:; December 1, 2012

VIA, the Taiwan-based company, that has been supplying products like PC main board, Thin Client board to the Indian market in recent years, now plans to join hands with tablet makers in the country. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators.

Qualcomm expected to become third-largest chipmaker
Source: Telecom Paper; December 3, 2012

This year semiconductor revenue will see a revenue decline at seven of the world's top ten semiconductor suppliers, however Qualcomm's double-digit increase in sales will make it the world's third-largest chip maker. Qualcomm is set to end the year with a 27.2 percent increase in semiconductor revenue, according to preliminary results from IHS iSuppli.

CSI – Nihilent announces e-Governance Awards for 2011-12
Source: Press Trust; December 3, 2012–-nihilent-announces-e-governance-awards-2011-12

Completing a remarkable decade this year, the prestigious CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Awards instituted by the Computer Society of India’s Special Interest Group on e-Governance and sponsored by Nihilent technologies has, today, announced the Best e-Governance initiatives for the year 2011-2012. The winners were honoured at a grand ceremony at the 47th Annual Convention of CSI held in Kolkata.

IHS: 2012 Chip Market to Decline
Source: EBN; December 4, 2012

Amid increasingly weak economic conditions that are depressing consumer and business spending on electronics, IHS is downgrading its forecast for the global semiconductor market in 2012, with revenue now expected to decline by 2.3 percent for the year.

Graphene to reach Rs.500 cr in 2018
Source: EE Times India; December 4, 2012

IDTechEx forecasts that the market for graphene will touch Rs.529.10 crore ($100 million) in 2018. Graphene has a multitude of applications (including RFID, supercapacitors, sensors, logic and memory) that are helping its market potential soar over the next decade, according to IDTechEx.

Texas Instruments Plans To Cut Workforce In India
Source:; December 4, 2012

Texas Instruments (TI) is planning to cut its workforce count at its Indian office, as part of its overall change in structure. According to a report in Economic Times , the company is planning the lay-off as they are looking to reduce focus on making chips used in mobile phones and tablets to concentrate on more profitable areas, as per the report.

Strong demand for operational semiconductor manufacturing fabs
Source: India Infoline Ltd; December 5, 2012

ATREG, Inc., a global advisory firm to the semiconductor industry headquartered in Seattle, USA, reports today that the market is still showing strong demand for operational semiconductor manufacturing fabs.

'Challenges in designing mobile devices'
Source: EE Times India; December 6, 2012

Trends Driving Complexity in Designing Mobile Applications: Over the last few years, we have seen an explosion in the demand for electronics in India. As reported in the National Policy on Electronics, "The demand in the Indian market was Rs.2.39 lakh crore ($45 billion) in 2008-09 and is expected to reach Rs.21.28 lakh crore..

2012 Semiconductor Equipment Sales Forecast $38.2 Billion
Source: Product Design & Development; December 6, 2012

SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will reach $38.2 billion in 2012, according to the year-end SEMI Semiconductor Equipment Consensus Forecast, released at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition. Following a multi-year expansion period, semiconductor equipment sales are expected to moderate before posting low double-digit growth in 2014.

Still a long way for 'Made in India' tag in electronics [Financial Express (India)]
Source: Technology News; December 6, 2012

The government's ambitious plan of making India a manufacturing hub for electronics hardware by 2020 may turn out to be a far-fetched one with the country neither having the cost competitiveness of Taiwan and China nor the required expertise in this sector……As per PVG Menon, president of India Electronics & Semiconductor Association Industry, "A significant part of what Indian hardware firms do is assembling of the electronic products. Only 7-10% is contract manufacturing." While China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea have been the traditional import destinations, Vietnam is fast catching up.

Taskforce to boost electronic industry
Source: The Hindu; December 7, 2012

Chief Secretary M. Sathiyavathi said on Thursday that a special taskforce would be set up to boost the electronic and system manufacturing industries in Puducherry.

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