IESA WINWire April 12 - April 18, 2014
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Ineda System to build chips that can improve women’s safety
Source: The Economic Times; April 12, 2014

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-04-12/news/49080060_1_qualcomm-ventures-chips-goqii

 

Ineda Systems, a chip company with offices in Hyderabad and California that recently won funding from Samsung, is building chips that can allow wearable devices to connect instantly with the police when danger threatens. "Our chips can improve women's safety in India," said Dasaradha Gude, cofounder of Ineda which raised $17 million (Rs 100 crore) from a consortium of investors including Walden-Riverwood Ventures, Samsung Catalyst Fund and Qualcomm Ventures earlier this week.

Micromax denies interest in Korean handset maker Pantech
Source: Economic Times; April 15, 2014

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-04-15/news/49155846_1_micromax-informatics-smartphones-samsung-electronics

Micromax Informatics has been approached for investment by troubled South Korean handset maker Pantech Co Ltd, but India's largest home-bred mobile phone maker isn't "enthused" by the proposal, a top executive said, refuting a media report that the company is in talks for buying a stake in the Asian company.

According to a Reuters news report, Micromax has expressed interest in buying into Pantech, South Korea's thirdlargest smartphone maker that has been struggling with huge losses due to fierce competition from tougher rivals.

Pantech, owned by Qualcomm Inc, Samsung Electronics and nine creditor banks, has been under a debt-restructuring programme after suffering six consecutive quarters of losses due to competition at home, where 70% of all Koreans use smartphones.

Lava Ties-Up with IBM Cloud to Ensure Uninterrupted Business Operations in India
Source: GIZBOT; April 14, 2014

http://www.gizbot.com/mobile/lava-ties-up-with-ibm-cloud-ensure-uninterrupted-business-operations-016666.html

Lava, One of the mobile handset companies in India, has today selected IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery services, a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, to ensure continuous business operations, manage costs and improve overall resiliency.

IBM's SmartCloud VSR services provide world-class automation and cloud tools to help businesses facilitate quicker recovery time and increase reliability of their server recovery. Lava now has a back up option to support its more than 2000 internal and external users, including top retailers and distributors in India. Lava has signed a ten-year deal to avail cloud services out of IBM's Bangalore data center. IBM will also perform 24/7 monitoring and management through automation of the hosted infrastructure.

Japanese electronics see tariff cuts thanks to free trade agreement
Source: CNET Australia; April 14, 2014

http://www.cnet.com.au/japanese-electronics-see-tariff-cuts-thanks-to-free-trade-agreement-339347060.htm

After seven years of negotiations, the Federal Government announced an historic free trade agreement between Australian and Japan this week, which is set to benefit Australian shoppers.

While Australia's agricultural industry will see tariff cuts for exports such as beef and sugar, the agreement will also benefit Australian consumers, especially those buying Japanese electronics.

A joint media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, announced the agreement would see "tariffs eliminated on imported cars from Japan, as well as on household appliances and electronics".

Industrial electronics chip market rebounds
Source: Electronic Products & Technology; April 15, 2014

http://www.ept.ca/news/industrial-electronics-chip-market-rebounds/1003012602/?&er=NA

Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

The industrial electronics chip market finished 2013 with worldwide takings of $32.8-billion—up a solid 9% following the perilous 5 percent plunge suffered by the space only a year earlier. The dive, an unexpected weakening of the market after stellar output, had raised fears and painful memories harkening back three years earlier, when the industry contracted also in the double digits at the height of the global recession.

The most important countries for the industry were those considered to have the strongest influence on the design of industrial electronics chips, based on the percentage spent by each country on industrial chip design. In 2013 the top five spenders were the United States, China, Japan, Germany and France, with Switzerland, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and India making up the rest of the top 10.

Philips to focus on consumer electronics in India
Source: The Economic Times; April 15, 2014

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-04-15/news/49155619_1_philips-india-electronic-personal-care-products-consumer-business

Philips will maintain its focus on consumer electronics in India despite the company planning an exit from the segment globally in order to specialise in B2B (business-to-business) segments such as healthcare and lighting.

The company will actually extend its reach to multiple consumer categories in India such as air purifiers, coffee makers, electronic oral care products, said Philips India vice-chairman and managing director Krishna Kumar.

Startup culture key to generating patents in electronics
Source: Business Standard; April 16, 2014

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/startup-culture-key-to-generating-patents-in-electronics-114041600906_1.html

Growth in startups and associated ecosystem is key to research and manufacturing capabilities in electronics and IT, said speakers at a CII programme on strategic Intellectual Property management.
Even as more and more frugal innovations were being explored by leveraging internet as a platform, a lot needs to be done to position India as a hub for new-age electronics, they said.

The priorities listed out by them include seamless exchange of ideas between the industry, universities and research institutes. This can be realised through setting up of full-fledged incubation centres at the educational institutions and encouraging entrepreneurial skills at the school level among others.

Exports to cross $325 b this fiscal: Commerce Secretary
Source: Hindu Business Line; April 16, 2014

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/exports-to-cross-325-b-this-fiscal-commerce-secretary/article5917819.ece

India 's exports will cross $325 billion in the current fiscal — the targeted figure that was missed in 2013-14, Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher has said.
Endorsing former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke's optimism on the state of the global economy, Kher said it would get reflected in India's trade performance.

"US economy is certainly going up. The EU is not going down. India's performance will also improve," Kher told reporters on Wednesday at a standards conclave organised by the Government and CII.

Standardization Will Help Elevate Indian Telecom in the Global Markets
Source: Communications Today; April 16, 2014

http://www.communicationstoday.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id
=10915&Itemid=41

Standards have existed since the beginning of recorded history. Right from 1120 AD when King Henry I of England standardized measurement equivalent to the length of his arm, standards have evolved as a result of man's desire to harmonize his activities with important changes in the environment and in response to the needs of an increasingly complex society. One of the earliest examples of standardization is the creation of a calendar or railroad gauge. The industrial revolution in the 18th century resulted in a need for technical standards, which was once more reinforced when mass production generated a demand for interchangeable parts. In parallel, the invention of the electric telegraph in 1837 triggered the development of standards in the field of electrical communication technology.

Galaxy S5 BOM clocks in at over $250
Source: EE Times India; April 17, 2014

http://www.eetindia.co.in/ART_8800697345_1800007_NT_ca046466.HTM

According to the latest teardown by IHS, the Samsung Galaxy S5 reveals an immensely high bill of materials (BOM). The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 32GB of NAND flash memory has a BOM of $251.52, which rises to $256.52 when the $5 manufacturing cost is added.

This is more expensive than other high-end smartphones, such as the 32GB iPhone 5S, which carried a $207 BOM based on an IHS pricing estimate in September. The S5's BOM contrasts even more starkly with smartphones at the lowest end of the cost spectrum such as two Android devices, the ZTE U793 and K-Touch T619+, which have BOMs of less than $35, according to recent IHS teardowns.

Toxic Business: India's Informal E-waste Recyclers at Risk
Source: Bloomberg; April 17, 2014

http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2014-04-16/toxic-business-india-s-informal-e-waste-recyclers-at-risk.html

In the Indian village of Sangrampur, located 30 miles south of Kolkata, the sound of frogs croaking in a nearby pond clash with the noises of hammering and plastics cracking.

As developed countries dump their e-waste in India, an informal industry of recyclers has emerged. In places such as Sangrampur, it's common to find women, young men and children picking away at piles of electronics, breaking them down into increasingly smaller pieces that are then separated and collected.

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change the World
Source: Businessinsider India; April 17, 2014

http://www.businessinsider.in/14-Emerging-Digital-Technologies-That-Will-Change-The-World/articleshow/33792676.cms

Below are technologies related to digital and communications under three key areas of accelerating change. In electronics, advances take the form of faster computers, flexible and printable electronics, and smaller and better sensors. In networking, the trend is towards more interoperability between networks, higher bandwidth and more virtual services. In human interfaces, we see change converging on more portable devices and enormously improved telepresence between people.

TSMC targets record revenue on Smartphone demand
Source: The Times of India; April 17, 2014

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/TSMC-targets-record-revenue-on-smartphone-demand/articleshow/33867562.cms

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) targets record revenue in the second quarter as more of the company's chips are installed in high-end smartphones to power increasingly complex features.
The world's largest contract chip producer also aims to grab market share from rivals such as Samsung Electronics and Intel on demand from phone makers, whose custom pushed first-quarter earnings up by a fifth.
Smartphone sales grew 36% in the fourth quarter, showed the latest data from researcher Gartner, with low-end phones in emerging markets constituting the centre of growth while sales of high-end phones in advanced economies slow.

India proposes new electronics standards as trade wars shift from import duties
Source: Medianama; April 18, 2014

http://www.medianama.com/2014/04/223-india-electronics-standards/

Indian government has proposed the creation of new standards for electronics industry in India to target imported electronics, that might affect importing of devices such as iPad here, reports The Economic Times.
This announcement seems to be a response to mega trade treaties such as Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), that eliminates import duties and other tariffs on imported electronics.

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