IESA WINWire – March 23 – 30 2012
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Nanomaterials drive up demand for ESD products
Source: EE Times India, March 30 2012

NanoMarkets predicts that the total market for ESD protection products in electronics applications will grow at a CAGR of about 13 per cent from a value of about Rs.6,930.69 crore ($1.4 billion) in 2012 to about Rs.16,831.68 crore ($3.4 billion) in 2019.

Indian SystemC User Group (ISCUG) 2012 Slated for April 9-10 in Bangalore
Source: EDA Cafe, March 29 2012

The Indian SystemC User Group (ISCUG) conference will take place in Bangalore on April 9-10, 2012 in affiliation with Accellera Systems Initiative, OCP-IP, IEEE and the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association. The Indian SystemC User's Group organization aims to accelerate the adoption of SystemC as the open source standard for Electronics System Level (ESL) designs.

Get2Volume to incubate semiconductor start ups
Source: Cybermedia, March 29 2012

Get2Volume has been selected by the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) as a technology incubator cofounding under its Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS).

NFC: A Contactless Affair
Source: CIOL Voice & Data, March 29 2012

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch.

Indian semicon industry is at inflection point
Source: CIOL, March 29 2012

With India at the cusp of a third telecom revolution following the expected roll out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to offer broadband wireless services and ensure last mile connectivity, the semiconductor industry is poised for a huge growth in 2012, as domestic telecom equipment vendors firm up plans to enhance production to meet the growing local demand.

EM Microelectronic announces multipurpose RFID chip
Source: Tech online India, March 29 2012

EM Microelectronic, the semiconductor company of the Swatch Group and a supplier for RFID circuits, has announced the EM4325, a multipurpose, battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID chip with integrated temperature sensor. This facilitates the expansion of established UHF RFID applications by offering longer read range, increased communication robustness and more configuration options and interface capabilities for auxiliary functions.

Wipro leads India-based VLSI design business: CyberMedia Research
Source: India Tech online, March 29 2012

VLSI Design Services in India have matured into a $ 1.25 billion industry -- or 14% of the overall India Semiconductor industry in 2011. Captive design centres -- that is design houses working for one player – account for the largest chunk -- close to 70% -- of total revenues. When heads are counted, the India-based VLSI design services industry comprises approximately 70 firms designing chips for various customers within the large volume segments of Consumer Electronics, Networking and Telecoms, besides niche areas like Healthcare.

Qualcomm to set up integrated circuit design and engineering R&D center in Singapore
Source: Telecom Lead, March 29 2012

Chip designer and supplier Qualcomm is planning to set up an Integrated Circuit (IC) Design and Engineering R&D center in Singapore. The establishment of this new facility expands the company's presence in the island-state, first established in 2000.

Foxconn buys into Sharp for iDevice screens
Source: Rethink Wireless, March 28 2012

The massive importance of Apple in the Taiwanese manufacturing base was highlighted this week by news from key partner Foxconn. The company and its founder Terry Gou will invest $1.6bn in Sharp's display unit, as Apple looks to bolster the Japanese firm as a counterweight to Samsung.

'Startup Village' to incubate 1,000 telecom start-ups
Source: EE Times India, March 28 2012

Startup Village – a public-private telecom incubator, will be launched in Kerala next month. With an initial investment of Rs.100 crore, Startup Village plans to nurture over 1,000 student start-ups engaged in the telecom sector in the next 10 years. The incubator is looking at emulating the famed Silicon Valley incubators and transform Kerala into 'Silicon Coast'.

FM role in Bengal revival
Source: The Telegraph, March 26 2012

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will meet Bengal ministers, bureaucrats and corporate honchos in Calcutta on Sunday to work out ways to bring the state back on the development track..

Qualcomm, Broadcom, TI coming on strong in semiconductor market
Source: RCR Wireless, March 26 2012

Intel (INTC) and Samsung (SSNLF) continue to dominate the global semiconductor market, but Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), Broadcom (BCOM) and nVidia (NVDA) are coming on strong, thanks in large part to the success of their chips for wireless devices.

API acquires UK-based C-MAC Aerospace for £30million
Source:, March 23 2012

API Technologies, a provider of defence electronic and RF systems, has acquired the issued share capital of C-MAC Aerospace for 20.95 million pounds sterling, approximately $33 million USD.


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