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Simmtronics launches XPAD tab at Rs 5,999
Source: Indian Express; May 17, 2013

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1117077/

Simmtronics Semiconductors on Friday launched its calling tablet XPAD X-722 in India at the price of Rs 5,999.
The tablet runs on Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by Cortex A8 1.0 GHz and 400 2D/3D processor. It has a 7-inch display screen.

Panasonic to launch 9 smartphones in India, may hurt Samsung
Source: India Today; May 18, 2013

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/panasonic-to-launch-9-smartphones-in-india-may-hurt-samsung/1/271807.html

The recent announcement of Panasonic India to launch 9 smartphones in a short span of three months may hurt Samsung's smartphone market. To counter Samsung and Apple, the Japanese handset maker plans to offer attractive EMI offers to users in India.

The announcement were made at a time when Panasonic Corp. on Friday reported a near-record net loss of 754 billion yen ($7.5 billion) for the fiscal year through March due to restructuring costs and slumping sales, but predicted a profitable business opportunities ahead.

Fabless semiconductor companies outpace IDMs for long time
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; May 19, 2013

http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/onws2013051905.html

IC Insights have reported from its latest study the fabless semiconductor companies have outpaced Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDM) in revenue growth in all the years from 1999- 2012, except 2010.

Here below is the latest analysis from IC Insights on comparison of fabless vs IDM

Fabless company IC sales increased more than 3x the rate of the total IC market from 1999-2012.

Finish projects on time: Guv
Source: The Pioneer; May 20, 2013

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/finish-projects-on-t
ime-guv.html

Governor Syed Ahmed has appealed to the Government officials that they should discharge their duties with full dedication and honesty. He also said that action would be taken against those who do not discharge their duties in a proper way…..

He also asked the officials to use maximum use of their electronic gadgets for bridging the gap between the people and the government and speed up the development process in the state. People must be heard without harassing them.

Intel, TSMC, and Samsung Are Driving Semiconductor Capital Spending in 2013
Source: Morningstar; May 20, 2013

http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=597402

The semiconductor equipment industry is showing signs of recovering from the cyclical slowdown in the second half of 2012. Although the business environment remains somewhat soft, Intel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, and Samsung have announced solid capital spending plans for 2013 that should help jump-start the demand environment for chip equipment. We expect the equipment market to gradually pick up in 2013, particularly if the economy can improve.

Qualcomm helps develop SootSwap for healthier cookstoves in rural India
Source: NDTV.com; May 20, 2013

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/qualcomm-helps-develop-sootswap-for-healthier-cookstoves-in-rural-india-368207

Qualcomm Incorporated has helped develop SootSwap, a mobile application for monitoring the adoption of clean cooking technologies, a company official said here Friday.

Approximately three billion people depend on traditional cookstoves for their cooking needs. A study reveals that four million people die every year as a result of inhaling the smoke produced by cooking over these open fires.

Building India as the global hub for Engineering and Design
Source: NASSCOM; May 21, 2013

http://www.nasscom.org/building-india-global-hub-engineering-and-design

With the recent launch of the Engineering Council, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today took another stride towards achieving the industry vision outlined by the Narayana Murthy Committee earlier this year. Mr. Vijay Ratnaparkhe, President & MD Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions was announced as the Chairman of the NASSCOM Engineering Council 2013-15.

Intel CEO creates 'new devices' group
Source: The Times Of India; May 22, 2013

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-22/hardware/39444990_1_intel-ceo-brian-krzanich-top-chipmaker

Intel Corp's new chief executive, Brian Krzanich, has launched a sweeping reorganization of the world's top chipmaker and created a unit aiming to retake the top chipmaker's lead in mobile and semiconductor innovation.

The shakeup, announced internally just days after the 30-year veteran took the helm, places most of Intel's main product groups directly under his supervision and hands its sprawling global manufacturing operation to new president Renee James, said a source close to the company, who declined to be identified.

Samsung acquires 10% stake in Pantech for $47.6 million
Source: GSMArena.com; May 22, 2013

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_acquires_10_stake_in_pante
ch_for_476_million-news-6076.php

Samsung has purchased a 10% stake in South Korean rival Pantech in a deal that sets it back some 53 billion won ($47.6 million).

While the move has raised concerns over potential anti-trust issues, Samsung was quick to release a statement that it will have "no involvement in Pantech's business management in any way or form," instead using the deal to strengthen ties between the two manufacturers.

Worldwide semicon market reaches $295 bn, down 2.2 percent
Source: Voice & data Online; May 22, 2013

http://www.voicendata.com/voice-data/news/189024/worldwide-semicon-market-reaches-usd295-bn-22-percent

Worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased by 2.2 percent year over year to $295 billion in 2012, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Semiconductor Application Forecaster (SAF).

The industry witnessed a slowdown during the second half of 2012 on weak consumer spending across PCs, mobile phones, and digital televisions (DTV), as well as in the Industrial and other market segments. The European economic crises and a slowdown in China also had an impact on global demand while the lackluster launch of Windows 8 failed to stimulate PC sales and turn the tide.

IDE claims to speed, ease embedded design
Source: EE Times India; May 24, 2013

http://www.eetindia.co.in/ART_8800685427_1800000_NP_587aacbf.HTM

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has unleashed the latest version of its integrated design environment (IDE) for the PSoC 1 Programmable SoC architecture. The PSoC Designer 5.4 includes more than 40 enhanced User Modules, which are free “Virtual Chips,” represented by an icon, that are used to integrate multiple ICs and system interfaces into a single PSoC device, indicated the firm.

Europe wants to be big in chip manufacturing
Source: News Odrome; May 23, 2013

http://newsodrome.com/physics_news/europe-wants-to-be-big-in-chip-manufacturing-38064437

Europe is not particularly known as a major hub of the semiconductor world, but if the European Commission gets its way it will be. The Commission has launched a major seven-year drive to stimulate investment in the microelectronics and nanoelectronics manufacturing sector, aiming to ramp up to a fifth of global production by the end of the decade.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues to rise 3-4% in 2013
Source: Computer Business Review; May 23, 2013

http://microelectronics.cbronline.com/news/worldwide-semiconductor-revenues-to-rise-3-4-in-2013-230513

The semiconductor revenues decreased by 2.2% in 2012.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are expected to increase by 3-4% during 2013, according to the report from International Data Corporation.

According to the report, during 2012 the semiconductor revenues decreased by 2.2% year-on-year to $295bn due to a slowdown during the second half of 2012 driven by the weak consumer spending across PCs, mobile phones, and digital televisions (DTV).

‘IT dev will contribute to JK’s growth’
Source: GreaterKashmir.com; May 24, 2013

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2013/May/24/-it-dev-will-contribute-to-jk-s-growth--34.asp

Union Minister of State for Information Technology, Dr Killi Kruparani today said that central government would provide financial support for the development of IT sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kruparani who is on a 3-day tour to the State inaugurated Lecture Block and R&D Lab at National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) at SIDCO Electronics Complex, Rangreth here today.

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