IESA WINWire April 19 - April 25, 2014
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Videocon d2h and MStar Semiconductor tie up for MPEG-4 HD STBs
Source: Indian Television; April 19, 2014


Videocon d2h has decided to go one step further to strengthen its technology by tying up with Taiwan based MStar Semiconductor for its new HD MPEG-4 DVB-2 set top boxes (STB) that will be provided to the Indian market.

The new STB with MStar’s technology provides features such as PVR that allows users to watch content of their interest at their own time. It also allows for watching TV channels with functions such as title/time based recording, rewind and forward, auto serial recording, pause live TV and mark-skip-watch.

Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Forge Strategic Collaboration to Deliver Multi-Sourced Offering Of 14nm FinFET Semiconductor Technology
Source:; April 19, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced a new strategic collaboration to deliver global capacity for 14 nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. For the first time, the industry’s most advanced 14nm FinFET technology will be available at both Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, giving customers the assurance of supply that can only come from true design compatibility at multiple sources across the globe. The new collaboration will leverage the companies’ worldwide leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, with volume production at Samsung’s fabs in Hwaseong, Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ fab in Saratoga, New York.

Indian-American Rajendra Singh Named White House's Solar Champions of Change
Source: Silicon India; April 19, 2014

An Indian-American professor was today named by the White House as the 'Solar Champions of Change' in recognition of his immense contribution towards developing alternate source of energy and promoting solar deployment in residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Rajendra Singh, the D Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the prestigious Clemson University, is among the 10 individuals declared as Solar Champions of Change.

LG to start power management IC business
Source: Maeil Business; April 20, 2014

LG Electronics is pursuing a fabless business for ‘power management IC (PMIC) semiconductor,’ a key part needed for mobile devices, display and energy storage system (ESS). To this end, LG Electronics’ vice chairman Koo Bon-joon visited a Japanese company to achieve transfer of technology.

Vice chairman Koo and presidents of LG Group’s other affiliates visited a Japan-based PMIC company initialed S and discussed transfer of technology, said sources in the relevant industry Sunday. LG Electronics reportedly switched the supplier of PMIC, a core component of smartphones, from its previous subcontractor initialed M to the Japanese one. The Japanese company is a global leader in the PMIC market..

Smartphone apps processor revenue to reach $30 billion in 2018
Source: CIOL; April 21, 2014

The global Smartphone applications processor market will register a healthy 10.8 percent CAGR in revenues from 2013 to 2018 to reach $30.0 billion in 2018, based on Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service forecast report, "LTE, 64-bit and Semiconductor Technologies to Lift Smartphone Apps Processor Market to $30 Bn in 2018.

Test & Measurement: Fuelling Technological Advances
Source:; April 21, 2014

The use and development of technology requires test and measurement instruments. From research and development of new technologies to ensuring quality in the manufacturing of various products, these instruments are essential. For example, when a space shuttle is launched, many different instruments are used to conduct thousands of electrical, temperature, chemical and other measurements to monitor the status of the craft and its crew. These instruments are essential to our high-tech economies,” says Dr Anita Agrawal, assistant professor in department of electrical and electronics engineering, BITS, Pilani-K.K. Birla Goa Campus, opening our discussion on developments and trends in the test and measurement (T&M) space.

CSR CEO: On fabless biz and wireless tech
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; April 22, 2014

The short range low power wireless chip maker CSR is one of the successful example in fabless semiconductor business. CSR has seen tremendous growth in Bluetooth wireless ICs and is now targeting wearable and IoT market. In a video interview with me, Mr. Joep van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer, CSR shared his experience in fabless business and also about Bluetooth Smart. Below are the excerpts from the interview.

Cadence to acquire Jasper Design Automation
Source: CIOL; April 22, 2014

Cadence Design Systems Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jasper Design Automation Inc., a leading provider of formal analysis solutions, for approximately $170 million in cash. Jasper had approximately $24 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of December 31, 2013.
Jasper Design Automation is a market and technology leader in the fast-growing formal analysis sector, providing multiple verification solutions (Verification Apps) built on the JasperGold platform. Jasper's customers include many of the top systems, semiconductor and IP companies.

Karnataka gets 43.8% rise in allocation under MNREGS for FY15
Source: Business Standard; April 22, 2014

The Central government has sanctioned Rs 3,155 crore to the Karnataka government under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for 2014-15, an increase of 43.8% over the previous year.

Last year, the government spent Rs 2,095.22 crore and generated 71.9 million mandays of works and achieved 104% of the target, which is the first in the country, said H K Patil, minister for rural development and Panchayat Raj.

The state government has also achieved 100% of the target in the implementation of Electronic Fund Management System in the country, he said.

Micromax starts manufacturing tablets in India
Source:; April 23, 2014

Indian mobilephone manufacturer Micromax has started manufacturing devices in its Rudrapur plant, reports PTI. A spokesperson told the publication that all the tablets being sold in India are manufactured at this facility, but mobile phone production is only at initial stage. According to an earlier report, the company was expected to employ 400 people on a trial basis at the plant.

ARM sees high-end smartphone market picking up
Source: The Times of India; April 23, 201414

ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years.

Sales of top-end smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and Samsung, were lower than predicted during the Christmas holiday season, leading to worries that the market was becoming saturated..

Generation-next vacuum ultraviolet lamp developed
Source: The Economic Times; April 23, 2014

Scientists have developed a new safer and more resilient vacuum lamp that emits high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light in the shortest wavelengths that have ever been detected.

A team of researchers in Japan created the solid-state lamp that emits high-energy UV light at the shortest wavelengths ever recorded for such a device, from 140 to 220 nanometres.

Agilent strengthens aerospace and defense portfolio
Source: CIOL; April 24, 2014

Agilent Technologies Inc. concluded the 8th annual Aerospace and Defense Symposium in New Delhi.

The Symposium is an annual property of Agilent Technologies and is India's biggest technical gathering of Aerospace and Defense engineers and scientists working on cutting edge Strategic Electronics. This year the symposium focused on military communications, electronic warfare and radar systems, apart from detailing the challenges in test and measurement.

The symposium, organized by Agilent in partnership with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Association of Old Crows (AOW)-India Chapter, and IESA (Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association), spanned across Bangalore, Hyderabad and concluded today in New Delhi.

India test fires Akash missile in Odisha
Source: Times of India; April 24, 2014

India on Wednesday test fired its Akash surface-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.

The indigenously developed missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15km, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur in the coastal district of Balasore, 230km from here.

"It was a trial by the Indian Air Force," test range director M V K V Prasad told IANS.

Nokia won't hand India smartphone factory over to Microsoft
Source: IDG News Service; April 25, 2014

Nokia's ongoing tax dispute with Indian authorities has put an end to its plans to transfer a local smartphone factory over to Microsoft, as the software maker finalizes its takeover of the Finnish company's devices and services business.

Microsoft's roughly US$7 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business is set to close on Friday.

The factory in Chennai in south India was among Nokia assets frozen by Indian federal authorities in a dispute over taxes for mobile phone software licenses. Production at the factory was allowed to continue.

Compiled by IESA Research

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