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New technology for improved driverless cars and video games
Source: The Economic Times; May 31, 2014


Scientists have developed a new 3-D imaging system that can remotely sense objects across distances as long as 30 feet, 10 times farther than what could be done with current low-power laser systems.

The system could one day enable a self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let people answer their smartphone from across the room with a wave of hand, or play "virtual tennis" on their driveway.

Seagate to acquire LSI's flash business from AVAGO
Source: CIOL; May 31, 2014


Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Avago Technologies Limited, a leading semiconductor device supplier to the enterprise storage, wired, wireless and industrial end markets, announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division ("ASD") and Flash Components Division ("FCD") from Avago for $450 million in cash.

Dark side to Internet of Things: Ads, hacked homes
Source: Times of India; June 3, 2014

Home, connected home. The front door opens with a tap on an iPhone. The lights come up as if by magic. The oven sends a text: Dinner is ready.

You will probably be hearing a lot about these sorts of conveniences this week from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple is expected to unveil software that promises to turn our homes into Wi-Fi-connected wonderlands, where locks, lights, appliances — you name it — can all be controlled via an iPhone or iPad. You can bet that before long, refrigerators will come with "Made for iPhone" stickers.

Foxconn India workers seek better compensation
Source: Times of India; June 3, 2014

The employees of Foxconn India have alleged that the electronics manufacturer is offering a one-time lumpsum amount to workers at its Chennai manufacturing facility who opt for early retirement.

The company, which has been hurt by Nokia India's tax woes, has not given the offer in writing, senior employees at the manufacturing facility alleged.

"They have not put anything on the notice board," said one of the employees, who did not want to be identified. "It was just an oral communication. They are not willing to give anything in written."

CircuitSutra intros SystemC model of AMBA AXI4 for HLS based design flow
Source: CIOL; June 3, 2014

As the SoC complexity keeps on increasing and as RTL code size is becoming huge, designing or reusing IPs, verifying them, optimizing them for constraints like area, power, performance while meeting time to market targets is becoming difficult.That leads to serious discussions about moving up one abstraction level above RTL i.e. to High Level Synthesis (HLS)

India adds highest mobile subscribers in Q1 2014: Ericsson
Source: The Economic Times; June 3, 2014

Registering the highest growth globally in addition of mobile subscribers, India accounted for over 23 per cent of total mobile users added in January-March this year, a report by telecom equipment giant Ericsson said today.

India added over 28 million new mobile subscriptions -- -- the highest by any country -- in the first quarter of 2014, followed by China (more than 19 million), Indonesia (over 7 million), Thailand (more than 6 million) and Bangladesh (over four million), Ericsson's Mobility Report said.

Samsung reaches out to Indian tech startups for partnerships to take on Apple and Google
Source: Economic Times; June 3, 2014

Nearly a dozen Indian technology startups have been approached by electronics manufacturer Samsung as it scouts for innovations, a move widely regarded as a sign of these ventures inching closer to the big league.

At least 10 startups that ET spoke to confirmed that the Korean giant is in touch with them.

Most of these startups work in the internet-of-things space, a term used to refer to technology that enables devices to work with one another.

Integrated LED controller boosts lamp power
Source: EE Times India; June 3, 2014

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has debuted what it describes as a compact, high-efficient driver IC for LED solutions. Complementing the company's GreenChip SSL family of products, the SSL5015/18, with an integrated MOSFET, supports lighting applications up to 18W lamp power like TLED and PAR lamp shape.

Silicon Cloud International Brings Together Ecosystem Partners for Chip Design at DAC
Source: MarketWired; June 4, 2014

The next generation of semiconductor design infrastructure is here. This week at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Silicon Cloud International (SCI), providers of secure and private cloud computing infrastructure and ecosystem, will be on hand to demonstrate what the cloud can do for semiconductor design. With tools for FPGA designers and the burgeoning silicon photonics market respectively, design ecosystem partners Plunify and Optic2Connect will be demonstrating how their offerings operate with the SCI platform and highlighting the advantages that the cloud can bring.

Govt plans incubation Centre for electronics product companies
Source: Business Standard; June 4, 2014

The central government is working on a proposal to incubate product companies in the electronics sector. Titled Electropreneur Park, it is being anchored by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), which played a big role in incentivising and nurturing the information technology (IT) services sector in its initial years.

An incubation centre for electronics start-ups is planned for the National Capital Region, with a target of nurturing 10 companies every year over the next five years. The proposal, made by STPI in collaboration with Delhi University and India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, is close to being approved by the department of electronics and information technology, say officials.

Bosch, Continental top car electronics market share
Source: EE Times India; June 5, 2014

According to Semicast, two companies have dominated the market for automotive electronics. Despite it being a seemingly uncharted territory as compared to the semiconductor market, the British market researcher revealed that Robert Bosch GmbH and Continental share rank number one with 20 per cent market share each.

Together, the two German suppliers account for 40 per cent of the world's automotive electronics market. The next contender, Japan's Denso lags significantly behind with just 11.5 per cent of the market share. Denso's small market share however is, at least in part, owed to the currency effects; according to the study, the yen fell 20 per cent against the US dollar in 2013.

Synopsys extends Galaxy design flow to Samsung
Source: EE Times India; June 5, 2014

Synopsys will broaden its existing collaboration with STMicroelectronics by extending its Galaxy design platform to Samsung Electronics, which recently teamed up with ST for dual sourcing of its 28nm FD-SOI technology.

Synopsys' Galaxy was developed over a multi-year agreement with ST. The design flow enables concurrent area, power and timing optimisations to enable engineers to optimise their designs for the 28nm FD-SOI process. It is compatible with the Lynx Design System, a full-chip design environment providing automation and visualisation capabilities that enable higher designer productivity and faster design closure.

Sony India targeting pan-India revenue of Rs 750 crore
Source: Economic Times; June 5, 2014

Cashing in on the World Cup football fever in the country, Sony India is targeting a Pan India revenue of Rs 750 crore, including Rs 75 crore from Kerala, from sale of its television sets.

Sony India was aiming to sell 180,000 units in the country -- especially from soccer crazy states of Kerala and West Bengal, Sunil Nayyar, Head, Sales, Sony India, told reporters here.

Centre-STPI Set To Incubate Electronics Product Companies
Source:; June 5, 2014

After incentivising and nurturing the IT services industry during its initial years, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is looking to do the same for product companies specifically in the electronics sector. STPI with the aid of the government is planning to launch a project called the ‘Electropreneur Park’ in the national capital physical as well as technology infrastructure to electronics start-ups from across the country.

Sanjay Kapoor Becomes the Chairman of Micromax India
Source: Businessinsider India; June 6, 2014

Seems like Micromax is picking up the cream of the crop on its way to become the largest Mobile player in the country. After inducting Vineet Taneja from Samsung as its new CEO, Micromax has picked up Airtel's Sanjay Kapoor as the Chairman of the board (with immediate effect). The duo are quite a competent team and can take the Micromax's business to new levels. Sanjay has vast experience in the mobility sector and is one of the best persons around to fit the chairman's shoes.

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