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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:; 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.

Broadcom delivers 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.

Leading Electronics Manufacturing Engineers To Confer On Critical Industry Standards At IPC Apex Expo
Source:; 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.

eInfochips Launches Industry's First Customizable White-box Video Management Software- Vigil360
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 client-branded solution.

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, 2014

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 sector
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 manufacturing."

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:; 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 said Thursday.
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 Agrawal.

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