IESA WINWire July 27 - August 2  2013
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Rambus: "No More Patent Lawsuits"
Source: Image Sensors World; July 26, 2013

Korea IT Times quotes Rambus CMO Jerome Nadel visited South Korea in June: "Rambus will not go for patent infringement lawsuits from now on. Our strategy for the IP licensing business has shifted to mutual cooperation. The ongoing patent lawsuit against SK Hynix will be our last and we will remove the stigma of being labeled as a patent troll." Rambus is said to be transforming into a communications semiconductor company that covers sensor and network technologies.

Meanwhile, Ronald Black, Rambus CEO, has shown a block diagram of Binary Pixel test chip in his recent presentation at India Electronics and Semiconductor Association.

Renesas plans to close major chip plant in Japan: Sources
Source: The Times Of India; July 27, 2013

Japan's Renesas Electronics plans to close a system LSI chip plant in northern Japan that makes chips for Nintendo's Wii game consoles and other consumer electronics, after failing to find a buyer for the facility, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Samsung Vs Apple: A story of 72 million vs 31 million
Source: India Today; July 27, 2013

Samsung, which does not disclose its smartphone sales figures, is estimated by research firm IDC to have shipped 72.4 million smartphones in the April-June quarter, compared with Apple's 31.2 million iPhone sales. Samsung's second quarter smartphone sales were double what it sold in the final quarter of 2011, an indication of how fast the company expanded its business and outpaced rivals.

2012 was Challenging for Semiconductor Industry
Source:; July 27, 2013

The semiconductor industry was challenged by a difficult economic scenario and structural changes in the market last year. The sixteenth annual Sustainability report from semiconductor company STMicroelectronics shows that this industry also had problems due to end-customer competitive dynamics. In 2012, ST was successful in reaching several sustainability goals and could recycle over 45 percent of all water used at its facilities located in different parts of the world.

Government gets Rs 1,770-crore investment proposal for telecom products
Source: NDTV Profit; July 28, 2013

The government has received a Rs. 1,770-crore investment proposal from a domestic company for the manufacturing of telecom products.

"Our policies have attracted investors. The aim of the government is to reduce dependence on imports. In total investment that we have received so far there is Rs. 1,770 crore proposal from an Indian firm for manufacturing telecom products," DEITY Joint Secretary Ajay Kumar told PTI.

The PC era is fast winding up
Source: Financial Express; July 29, 2013

Technology adoption in India is now more or less similar to other markets around the world. The increased adoption of both tablets and smartphones has led to the emergence of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, where employees are increasingly opting to use their personal devices at the workplace. “It is safe to say that these devices have successfully established themselves as a strong second screen,” says Guru Ganesan, managing director, ARM India. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and employing over 2,300 people, ARM Holdings is a leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier.

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Will Grow 6.9% and Reach $320 Billion in 2013
Source: IDC; July 29, 2013

Semiconductor revenue worldwide will see improved growth this year of 6.9% and reaching $320 billion according to the mid-year 2013 update of the Semiconductor Applications Forecaster (SAF) from International Data Corporation (IDC). The SAF also forecasts that semiconductor revenues will grow 2.9% year over year in 2014 to $329 billion and log a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% from 2012-2017, reaching $366 billion in 2017.

A look on National cyber security policy 2013
Source: Data Quest; July 29, 2013

The whole world suddenly appears to be waking up to the cyber security challenge. Countries are framing policies at the national level; there are several international initiatives for global cooperation to meet this challenge. The spate of highly sophisticated and targeted cyber-attacks has caught nations unaware and unprepared, mobilizing them to take actions. Study of cyber security initiatives of different countries reveals how nations are grappling with the challenges of cyber security. This objective is in line with the Triad Policies of the government on Electronics,

 IT and Telecommunications. India should be able to mitigate security risks arising from procurement of ICT products, especially from foreign vendors, and yet take full benefits from the global supply chain that includes access to world class products, services and expertise at competitive prices.

"The award is considered to be the industry's highest honor ..."
Source: Ad Hoc News (EN); July 30, 2013

Mike Splinter to Receive 2013 SIA Robert N. Noyce Award, the Semiconductor Industry's Highest Honor. Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials, Inc., will receive the 2013 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Robert N. Noyce Award for his outstanding achievement and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

MediaTek introduces tablet SoC
Source: Solid State Technology; July 30, 2013

MediaTek Inc., a fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced its breakthrough MT8135 system-on-chip (SoC) for high-end tablets. The quad-core solution incorporates two high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 and two ultra-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 processors, and the latest GPU from Imagination Technologies, the PowerVR Series6. Complemented by a highly optimized ARM big.LITTLE processing subsystem that allows for heterogeneous multi-processing, the resulting solution is primed to deliver premium user experiences.

The government is likely to exempt private telecom companies from following PMA policy
Source:; July 31, 2013

According to the Department of Electronics and IT, the government is considering exempting private telecom companies from following a few provisions under the preferential market access (PMA) policy, says news reports.

The government is planning to amend a clause in the draft PMA policy which mandated that along with state-owned telecom companies, private mobile phone operators would also have procure ‘security sensitive’ equipment from domestic telecom-equipment manufacturer.

The proposed relaxation in PMA provisions comes through following the Prime Minister's Office putting the policy on hold and calling for a review amidst protests from over 50-odd global trade associations and domestic telecom industry bodies.

GESIA to help Gujarat govt promote ICT industry
Source: MSN News - India; July 31, 2013

Gujarat''s ICT exports, growing at estimated 25 per cent annually, need to strengthen areas such as intellectual property and employee skills, industry body GESIA said today.

Newly-elected office bearers of the Gujarat Electronics and Software Industries Association (GESIA) said the organisation will suggest ways to the state government on promoting the growth of information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

The Gujarat government is scheduled to come out with a policy on electronics, and GESIA will provide inputs on how to promote electronics manufacturing in the state, an industry member said.

Cadence: 'India offers great environment for Tempus'
Source: EE Times India; August 1, 2013

EDA firm Cadence Design Systems Inc. recently announced the launch of its new signoff tool, Tempus. The new solution, which enables customers to shrink timing signoff closure and analysis for faster tape-out, compete against the "standard" and trusted tool 'PrimeTime' from Synopsys. Tempus is said to be up to 10X faster than competing solutions, and it also gets the backing of Texas Instruments as its first customer. In an exclusive interview with EE Times India's Arti Singh, Ruben Molina, Product Marketing Director – Signoff Solutions, Cadence Design Systems Inc., talks about Tempus and why India is an important market for the new static timing analysis (STA) tool.

AMD opens global design centre in Hyderabadfit
Source:Business Standard ; August 1, 2013

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc, an NYSE-listed semiconductor design company, inaugurated a new global design centre in Hyderabad on Thursday. The 175,000-sft facility is dedicated to furthering both software and hardware innovations at the heart of AMD’s APUs (accelerated processing units).

Globally, it employs over 10,000, including 6,000 engineers. Of these, around 550 engineers work out of its Hyderabad centre and an equal number in the Bangalore facility.

Government suggests for setting up a board for telecom network security
Source: InsightVAS; July 1, 2013

To safeguard mobile infrastructure, the government has proposed to set up a eight member board that will formulate policy related to network security issues. Members will be from the Department of Electronics and IT, the National Security Coordination Secretariat, the Home Ministry, the Intelligence Bureau, the National Technical Research Organisation and DoT.

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