Ineda System to build chips that can improve women’s safety
Source: The Economic
Times; April 12, 2014
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
Micromax denies interest in Korean handset maker Pantech
Source: Economic Times; April 15, 2014
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
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,
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
see tariff cuts thanks to free trade agreement
Source: CNET Australia; April 14, 2014
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".
chip market rebounds
Source: Electronic Products
& Technology; April 15, 2014
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
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
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
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
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.
Help Elevate Indian Telecom in the Global Markets
Today; April 16, 2014
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
Galaxy S5 BOM clocks
in at over $250
Source: EE Times India;
April 17, 2014
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.
India's Informal E-waste Recyclers at Risk
Source: Bloomberg; April
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
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
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
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
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
Source: Medianama; April 18, 2014
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
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
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