IESA WINWire – May 19 – 25 2012
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‘Taiwanese City' to come up near Bangalore
Source: Hindu Business Line, May 25 2012

The next iPad could be built out of Karnataka. Taiwanese companies are planning to set up their electronics hardware manufacturing plants in the state.

Reports: Renesas, TSMC plan chip tie-up
Source: EE Times India, May 25 2012

Japan's largest chipmaker Renesas Electronics is reportedly planning a tie-up with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Under the said partnership, Renesas is expected to outsource some chip production to TSMC.

Premier Farnell announces Laurence Bain as new CEO
Source: APN News, May 24 2012

Premier Farnell plc has today announced that Laurence Bain is to take up the role as Chief Executive of the business with effect from 12 June 2012. He takes the role as Harriet Green moves to the Thomas Cook Group as their new Group Chief Executive Officer, after leading the distributor through a period of strategic transformation.

Electronics: Emerging from IT's shadow, finally
Source: Hindu Business Line, May 25 2012

On May 18, this year, the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, unveiled a home-grown technology product called the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). It is a significant achievement; the public sector undertaking has come up with a rare first in the imports-dominated electronics space. Incidentally, on the same day in 1974, India successfully conducted Pokhran-1, a peaceful nuclear test.

How emerging growth sectors impact the overall semiconductor industry: ConFab preview
Source: Electro IQ, May 24 2012

Jackie Sturm, VP of TMG and GM of Global Sourcing and Procurement at Intel, will bring to light some of the emerging, growth markets for semiconductors, and what they mean for chipmakers and the fab suppliers in the first session of The ConFab, “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry.”

Here comes Kinect rival @ just Rs.3,600
Source: EE Times India, May 24 2012

Microsoft's motion-sensing device 'Kinect' may have revolutionized the gaming world but at a high cost. But now, it seems like Microsoft's Kinect has got some serious competition in the market, in the name of "The Leap". US-based Leap Motion has introduced a new gesture-control device, dubbed 'The Leap', at a far low price of just Rs.3,664.40 ($69.99), which is substantially less than the Rs.13,089.01 ($250) Kinect for Windows.

Microsoft to incubate 10 Indian start-ups
Source: EE Times India, May 24 2012

Software giant Microsoft said it will incubate 10 early-stage start-ups in cloud computing, internet and mobile by using its Accelerator for Windows Azure (India) programme.

Plessey Semiconductors launches PS25203 EPIC sensor for automotive applications
Source: Automotive Electronic Specifier, May 22 2012

Plessey Semiconductors' award winning EPIC sensor technology has been creating considerable interest with car manufacturers as it can be used to provide low cost, reliable detection systems for several automotive applications. Plessey will be launching a version, the PS25203, which is specifically aimed at this market at the Chicago Sensor Expo 2012. This has a lower gain and higher input impedance making it ideal for certain types of contactless ECG measurement such as driver fatigue monitoring or seat occupancy.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing acquires equipment from Applied Materials South East Asia Pacific
Source: Electro IQ, May 22 2012

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, a Taiwan-based company engaged in manufacturing, selling, designing, mask making, probing, testing and assembling services of integrated circuits and other semiconductors, has acquired a set of equipment from Applied Materials South East Asia Pacific, Ltd. for TWD3,335.46 million ($113 million).

Ittiam Announces the Election of Dr. Sriram Sethuraman as the Chief Technology Officer - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Source: Manorama Online, May 18 2012

Ittiam Systems today announced that Dr. Sriram Sethuraman has been elected as the company’s first Chief Technology Officer. He joined Ittiam Systems in 2002 when he returned to India from the United States of America

Terminus Circuits: Innovative Solutions for the Semiconductor Industry
Source:, May 18 2012

When two established names of any industry join hands for a venture, it is bound to seek a lot of attention. K S Sankara Reddy, holder of 5 patents and numerous international publications and having spent over two decades in the semiconductor industry, along with C S Vijayakumara, possessing an experience of 14 years in successful IP development for names like Toshiba, Fujitsu, Kawasaki are the brains behind Terminus Circuits.

VLSI Design: Software bridges the cross-over points between analog and digital design
Source: EE Herald, May 18 2012

Analog and mixed signal VLSI design tool vendor Tanner EDA and VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog simulation software expert Aldec have collaborated to deliver an integrated co-simulation solution for analog and mixed-signal (A/MS) design. Tanner EDA's new HiPer Simulation A/MS offers their T-Spice analog design capture and simulation tool together with Aldec's Riviera-PRO mixed language digital simulator. The solution allows both analog and digital semiconductor chip designers to seamlessly resolve A/MS verification problems from one cohesive, integrated platform.

TI India Wolverine platform allows design of feature-rich programmable medical devices
Source:, May 18 2012

Texas Instruments (TI) India is working on feature-rich and programmable devices that will help customization at a fast pace. Its Wolverine platform is the latest in low power which combines FRAM (ferroelectric random access memory), a new universal memory type with a new 130 nanometer ultra-low leakage (ULL) process technology and advanced MSP430 DNA.

ABB to expand its manufacturing unit for semiconductors
Source: CIOL, May 21 2012

ABB, a power and automation technology group has announced its plans to expand the capacity of its main manufacturing unit for high-power semiconductors in Lenzburg, Switzerland.

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