New laser promises faster Internet
Source: Business Standard; February 21, 2014
Scientists have developed a new laser that holds the potential to
increase by orders of magnitude the rate of data transmission in the
optical-fibre network - the backbone of the Internet.
The laser is the result of a five-year effort by researchers at the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Light is capable of carrying vast amounts of information -
approximately 10,000 times more bandwidth than microwaves, the earlier
carrier of long-distance communications.
Intel, Marvell, MediaTek And Qualcomm Made Progress In Tablet Apps
Processors In 2013 Says Strategy Analytics
Source: EFYTimes.com; February 22, 2014
The global tablet processor market grew 32 percent year-on-year to
reach $3.6 billion in 2013, based on preliminary estimates from the
Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report,
"Tablet Apps Processor Market Share Q3 2013: Qualcomm Grabs Top Spot
in Non-iPad Tablets."
Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel and MediaTek held the top-five revenue
share spots in the tablet applications processor market in 2013 as
detailed in this Strategy Analytics report. Apple continued its lead
in the tablet applications processor market with 37 percent revenue
share in 2013, followed by Qualcomm with 11 percent revenue share and
Samsung with 10 percent revenue share.
IBM retains chip
innovator tag amid rumoured semicon exit
Source: EE Times India;
February 22, 2014
For about 50 years, the primary drivers of advanced CMOS development
are attributed to both IBM's semiconductor division and Intel.
Although Intel has usually been first to market with a new technology
node, IBM has continued to be a major source of innovation in advanced
CMOS technology. The firm achieves their impressive R&D record despite
only having about $2 billion in semiconductor revenue, as compared to
Intel's $50 billion. One secret to IBM's success is their partnerships
with other major players.
first global location chip for wearables
Source: CIOL; February 22, 2014
Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor
solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced the
industry's first Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
system-on-chip (SoC), designed for low-power, mass-market wearable
devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches.
Broadcom will showcase its mobile innovations at Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona, February 24-27.
Manufacturing Engineers To Confer On Critical Industry Standards At
IPC Apex Expo
February 22, 2014
In the global electronics manufacturing marketplace, industry
standards are critical in helping negotiate business. IPC APEX EXPO®
will advance many of the standards the PCB manufacturing and assembly
industries rely on when it hosts more than 90 standards development
committee meetings, March 23–27, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention
Center in Las Vegas. Electronics industry professionals with interest
and technical expertise in key areas are encouraged to attend.
Industry's First Customizable White-box Video Management Software-
Source: The Telegraph;
February 24, 2014
eInfochips, a leader in product design services, today unveiled
Vigil360 - Industry's first customizable white-box surveillance Video
Management Software (VMS). The solution will enable customized,
application-specific VMS IPs that are owned by our customers. In
addition to complete flexibility on product features, Vigil360
provides a customized and economical alternative to expensive
licensing for VMS applications. It also provides a platform for an
industry or application specific VMS intellectual property as a
Set-top box market in
India to grow at 29.3 percent annually by 2015
Source: Times of India;
February 24, 2014
The introduction of high definition (HD) channels and smart TVs has
led to an increase in digital TV viewing which in turn will hike the
growth of the set top box (STB) market, a study by market research
advisory Frost & Sullivan said on Monday. One of the hallmark product
categories in the consumer electronics segment, the STB market in
India is poised for unprecedented growth, Frost & Sullivan said,
adding that Cable Television Networks (CTN) Amendment Bill 2011
mandates digitization of TV broadcasts pan India by 2014.
"This bill has provided the necessary thrust for driving growth of the
STB market, both cable and satellite. The STB market recorded a total
market of 18.4 million units, of which satellite STB accounted for
10.4 million units in 2012," Frost & Sullivan said.
NXP showcases secure
connections for smarter world at MWC 2014
Source: CIOL; February 24,
NXP Semiconductors will be showcasing cutting edge technology for a
wide variety of innovative applications at this year's Mobile World
Congress - Europe's premier technology event.
Playing a major role in the evolution of connected technology, NXP
will show off a range of applications and services that are enabling
secure connections for a smarter world.
Today, more than ever before, consumers want, or need, to be
constantly connected to the internet - at home, in the car, or while
travelling. Underpinning this connected revolution is the need for
confidence in the security of our data, and to ensure it is only
accessible to authorised people or programmes.
Tower boost to IT
Source: The Telegraph;
February 26, 2014
The state government today inaugurated the Odisha Computer Application
Centre Tower to boost Odisha’s information technology infrastructure.
With a built up area of 2.3lakh sqft, the tower has been built at a
cost of Rs 46 crore.
An official in the IT department said that as many as 19 micro, small
and medium enterprises related to IT have applied to start their
operation from the new building.
Besides, 36 start-up units have also applied for space in the
seven-storey swanky building built behind the Odisha Computer
Application Centre building.
The wheels are off
Source: Business Today;
February 27, 2014
In his nearly hour-long interim budget speech on February 17, Finance
Minister P. Chidambaram mentioned manufacturing 15 times. On one
occasion, while talking about the state of the economy, he summed up
the scenario aptly: "Manufacturing is the Achilles heel of the Indian
economy. The deceleration in investment in manufacturing is
particularly worrying. Consequently, there is no uptick yet in
Electronics manufacturers have been hit by the Information Technology
Agreement (ITA 1) with the World Trade Organization. Foreign companies
dumped their electronic products in India and imports replaced
domestic production following the agreement signed by India in 1997
which made many electronics products such as notebook computers duty
free. These products account for a significant part of electronic
consumption in the country and India caters to the demand through
large-scale imports. "We have said that as far as ITA 1 is concerned,
lets give deemed exports status to the industry. That will bring them
on a par with imported products that are flooding the market right
now," says P.V.G. Menon, who was President of the India Electronics
and Semiconductor Association until recently. "Let's also start
implementing the Preferential Market Access policy norms. If we get
these two to begin with, Indian industry will get a fighting chance."
The policy gives preference to locally made electronics goods in
government and private sector procurement.
Tata Elxsi showcases innovations for the connected world at MWC 2014
Source: India Education Diary; February 27, 2014
Tata Elxsi, a leading global design and technology services company,
is showcasing an array of innovative solutions for the connected world
at MWC 2014, at booth 6M10, from February 24-27, in Barcelona, Spain.
Tata Elxsi offers complete engineering life cycle services across the
networking and telecom value chain to semiconductor vendors, equipment
manufacturers, test and measurement vendors, service providers, and
independent software vendors. Services offered include product and UX
design, turnkey development, feature / performance enhancement, value
engineering, maintenance sustenance, testing and automation..
Indian angel network to invest in British startup
Source: Webindia123.com; February 27, 2014
The Indian angel network (IAN) will make its first investment in a
Britain-based start-up, Swiftshift, the British High Commission here
According to the high commission, the London-based company has devised
a software solution that allows companies to quickly fill short notice
shifts using their own staff through short messaging service (SMS),
email, and mobile technology.
The investment was facilitated by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as part
of its strategy to target investment from high-growth markets such as
India and China, the high commission said in a statement.
India Wants to Build Its Own Chips to Satisfy Electronics Demand
Source: Businessweek; February 27, 2014
India’s IT services companies are tops in outsourcing, with Tata
Consultancy Services (TCS:IN) and Infosys (INFY) competing globally
with IBM (IBM) and Accenture (ACN). The cities of Bangalore and
Hyderabad are well established as research centers for such
multinationals as Microsoft (MSFT), General Electric (GE), and Intel (INTC).
But when it comes to hardware, India is behind. In 2013 it imported
$33.5 billion worth of electronics, from semiconductors to smartphones.
That’s more than it spent on any imports except oil and gold. With
India’s large and growing middle class buying more digital devices,
the reliance on imported semiconductors and other hardware is likely
to increase. By next year, according to market analysts Frost &
Sullivan, such imports will top $42 billion. “Our manufacturing has
not kept pace with our consumption,” says PVG Menon, president of the
Indian Electronic & Semiconductor Association. India does some
assembly of TVs, mobile phones, computers, and set-top boxes.
Electronics make up about 40 percent of the automotive systems
Source: CIOL; February 27, 2014
Avinash Gupta, country manager, Automotive at Renesas Electronics
Singapore, talks about the factors driving the increase in electronics
in India's automotive market.
CIOL: What are you witnessing in India's automotives these days?
Avinash Gupta: We are witnessing a shift from purely mechanical
systems to more electronics systems in a car or a bike. This shift
started a decade ago and today, electronics make up about 40 percent
of the automotive systems.
In two-wheelers, body control module, lighting, chassis, safety and
security systems are now electronic. Similarly, in four-wheelers,
electronic power steering, central locking, infotainment, ABS, ECUs
are becoming the norm these days.
The CDMA market is fairly strong in India right now: Qualcomm
Source: The Economic Times; February 28, 2014
Global chipmaker Qualcomm is bullish on India as a market because of
the expected growth in smartphone sales and increasing adoption of 3G
and 4G going forward, Peggy Johnson president, global market
development, told ET's Romit Guha in Barcelona. The company however is
concerned about the telecom sector regulator's stand against
auctioning CDMA (800 Mhz) spectrum as there still exists a strong
ecosystem for the technology, said Qualcomm's India president Avneesh
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