IESA WINWire Dec 08 - Dec 14  2012
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5th Edition Of Bangalore Nano Commences
Source:; December 7, 2012

The Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka and the Vision Group on Nanotechnology featured the Opening Plenary of the 5th Bangalore Nano Event at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.

Hitachi Ltd to stop production of chips by March 2014
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; December 7, 2012

Japan's Hitachi Ltd said on Friday it would cease production of chips used in information and telecoms hardware at the end of March 2014.

Semi industry market forecast downgraded to 2.3% decline
Source: Electronic Products & Technology; December 7, 2012

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

Semiconductor fabrication proposals being finalized
Source: The New Indian Express; December 8, 2012

The Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY), Ministry of Communications, is in the process of finalising investment proposals from global technology providers and investors interested in building semiconductor fabrication units (fabs) in India, said Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, DEITY.

Sankalp Semiconductor Selected As A 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Global
Source:; December 10, 2012

Sankalp Semiconductor today announced that it is the winner of Red Herring's Top 100 Global award, as this year’s most promising private technology ventures from the Asia business region.

Imagination raises offer for MIPS
Source: Financial Times; December 10, 2012

Imagination Technologies has increased its offer for US chip designer MIPS Technologies to $80m, raising the stakes in a bidding war against Nasdaq-listed semiconductor group CEVA.

IBM Chip To Use Light To Accelerate Internet Services
Source:; December 10, 2012

IBM says it has developed a chip that makes it easier to shuttle data about via pulses of light instead of using electrical signals. The technology - called "silicon nanophotonics" - allows the integration of different optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip using, for the first time, sub-100nm semiconductor technology.

India sets its own standard for electronic goods
Source: Business Standard; December 10, 2012

Come April 2013, manufacturers of laptop, desktops, printers and other electronics items will have to get their products certified from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in order to sell those in the country.

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase in October, Remain Above Seasonal Rate
Source: EyeforTransport; December 10, 2012

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.22 billion for the month of October 2012, a 1.7 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $24.79 billion. Monthly sales topped $25 billion for the first time in 2012 and remained above the seasonal growth rate in October.

2012 Semiconductor Equipment Sales Forecast $38.2 Billion
Source: Newswit; December 11, 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 here today 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.

About 1,900 Indian tech pros lost jobs in 2012
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; December 12, 2012

When news emerged early this week that Motorola Mobility, a Google subsidiary, has decided to shut down its Chennai unit and to pink slip 76 employees, the resultant feeling was déjà vu.

GlobalFoundries CEO urges Europe to get aggressive in semiconductor race
Source: The Fiji; December 12, 2012

GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha says European governments should take a page out of New Yorks playbook if it wants to be a player in the semiconductor industry.

Does your industry create jobs…SIA does
Source: Design World Online; December 13, 2012

How many industries can boast that it has increased jobs? Well, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design sure has.
SIA announced that, according to an analysis of government data, California leads all states with 47,100 semiconductor jobs, followed by Texas (28,800), Oregon (23,400), Arizona (18,800) and Massachusetts (10,100).

Price of Aakash tablet to come down to $35: Sibal
Source: The Statesman; December 12, 2012

Telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal today said the price of Aakash tablet will soon come down to USD 35 (about Rs 1,900 approximately) from USD 49 at present.

Global semiconductor sales to reach $311 billion in 2013
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; December 13, 2012

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is projected to total $311 billion in 2013, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012 revenue, according to Gartner, Inc.

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