News from the chip design Industry
MindTree Ltd. (NSE: MINDTREE), a global IT Solutions Company, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Kyocera Wireless Corp. (KWC) to acquire Kyocera Wireless (India) Pvt. Ltd., its Indian subsidiary. The acquisition is subject to legal and statutory requirements, as well as certain closing conditions.
Established in 2003, Kyocera Wireless (India) Pvt. Ltd. is engaged in wireless product development, software engineering, and product testing for KWC's global product portfolio, as well as development of custom wireless handsets for Indian service providers. Kyocera Wireless (India), with a people strength of approximately 600, has its development center in Bangalore. It will continue to provide engineering services to San Diego-based KWC and other Kyocera entities on a contract basis after the sale.
Under the agreement, MindTree will make an upfront payment of approximately $6 Million, and further payments linked to revenues in financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12.
MindTree expects this acquisition to contribute approximately $9 Million in revenues for the period October 2009 to March 2010, with Profit After Tax expected to be in the range of 13-15%.
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-- 2009-10-05 11:00:37
Wipro is considering exiting its business of creation and licensing of intellectual property (IP) in the area of connectivity, a company executive said on Thursday.
The move will be in effect a reversal of Wipro's acquisition in 2005 of NewLogic Technologies, a privately held Austrian semiconductor IP and design services company. The company was focused on offering IP and design services in the areas of Bluetooth and wireless LANs.
While Wipro's core strength was in digital chip design, NewLogic was focused on analog and mixed signal design, company executives said at the time of the acquisition. The acquisition also offered Wipro access to European customers.
Wipro now finds that the market for its portfolio of connectivity IP is not viable, because of decreasing customer interest and increasing price pressures, Pramod Idiculla, general manager for strategy in the Wipro Technologies business of Wipro, said in an e-mail on Thursday.
The company has started consultations with employee representatives regarding its proposed exit from this portfolio and the potential closure of its center in Sophia Antipolis in France, he added.
The future of the Sophia Antipolis facility, which became part of Wipro after the NewLogic acquisition, has become controversial with the French government also stepping in, according to some reports.
Wipro is in consultation with employee representatives regarding about 60 employees that may be affected, Idiculla said. The company has conveyed to the French government that it will try to reduce potential redundancies, and identify opportunities for redeployment of the employees, he added.
This will be the second time Wipro is shutting down a business focused on the creation and licensing of IP. In the 1990s, it set up EnThink, a company in the U.S. to market IP.
Wipro has not yet taken a final decision on closing the connectivity IP business, or whether it will sell off the IP assets it got from NewLogic, Idiculla said.
However if its proposals regarding the Sophia Antipolis facility are accepted, Wipro plans to exit the connectivity IP business globally, he added.
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-- 2009-10-05 11:01:25
Wipro plans to explore options to sell its development centre at Sophia Antipolis, France.
The issue had snowballed into a major controversy with the involvement of the local French government officials. Wipro had initiated talks to close down the centre that it acquired from Newlogic because of poor demand. The centre employs around 60 people.
As part of the ongoing process, we will continue to look favourably on any proposal that we may get from interested parties willing to continue part of totality of the activities in the Sophia Antipolis centre, Pramod Idiculla, general manager (strategy), Wipro Technologies, told ET. The Indian IT firm acquired privately-held Newlogic in 2005 for around $56 million.
A cross-section of consultants ET spoke to said Wipro may find it hard to sell the facility in this environment. “I am not sure, if the Newlogic unit will find any buyers. A safer bet would be to wait for the demand to improve and then take a call,” said a semiconductor design consultant based in Germany.
“These 60-odd engineers may be few in numbers, but any move to sack them will create a public unrest in this region, there’s already pressure on EU countries to ensure that jobs do not go outside the region,” he added.
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-- 2009-10-05 11:00:19
Deployment of tools and services extended to maximize efficiency and quality of results for the layout of next generation Flash Memory designs.
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Bristol, England – September 28th, 2009 - Pulsic Limited, the leader in custom design automation (CDA®), today announced that Toshiba Corporation will be extending its deployment of Pulsic tools and services in order to maximize efficiency and quality of results for the layout of their next generation Flash Memory designs. Toshiba Corporation has already been using Pulsic’s industry-leading software for several years to automate the layout of its Flash Memory designs, increase productivity and speed time-to-market. With continual development and consistently high level of results, Pulsic’s solutions have become an established part of Toshiba’s Physical Design flow. Now, Toshiba Corporation has decided to expand its usage of the tools in recognition of the leading-edge technology, roadmap, and the quality of support that Pulsic delivers. For advanced memory, where high speed and accurate data transmission is needed, a high-quality layout is essential. Historically, virtually no automation tools have been applied to the layout of these designs, but Pulsic has developed a unique suite of tools for custom designers that have made automation possible in many areas of the layout. Specifically, Pulsic’s patented Spine & Stitch routing technology has delivered a great leap forward in productivity by delivering automation to the routing often found in the layout of peripheral logic for DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory - which are typically characterized by extreme aspect ratios, producing long and narrow routing footprints. The "spines" are very long and the stitches are shorter orthogonal tracks. This technology has been widely adopted by the leading memory design companies worldwide. "We are continually looking for more layout automation for our memory designs," said Masaki Momodomi, Technology Executive for flash memory, Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation. "With Pulsic, we have a partner that delivers the features, the performance and most importantly the quality of results that meets our design and performance goals. Pulsic’s technology has become an important part of our design flow." Ken Roberts, CEO of Pulsic, added: "We are delighted with the continued success that Toshiba Corporation is experiencing with our tools. We are committed to providing them with the best automated physical design technology to meet their challenging requirements." ---ENDS--- About Pulsic (http://www.pulsic.com) Pulsic Limited is a fast growing EDA company focused on custom design automation. Nine of the top ten memory companies use Pulsic’s leading physical design software to improve their design productivity, by automating the layout of peripheral and control logic. Pulsic’s product range includes hierarchical floorplanning, detailed placement, automatic routing and interactive editing. Pulsic has delivered more than 150 tape-outs with over 40 customers worldwide and is the only supplier of specialized layout automation for memory. Pulsic was founded in January 2000 and is a privately held company, headquartered in Bristol, UK. For more information, email info[at]pulsic[dot]com, telephone +44 (0)117 325 5000 or visit www.pulsic.com. PR Europe: Lloyd Pople Tel: +44 (0)844 870 8025 pulsic[at]evokedset[dot]com Pulsic Limited: Ken Roberts Tel: +44 (0)117 325 5000 ken.roberts[at]pulsic[dot]com Distributed on behalf of Pulsic by NeonDrum (http://www.neondrum.com) Nicky Davis Tel: +44 7747 017654 nicky[at]neondrum[dot]com --Liz Hartney 2009-10-05 11:02:15
Fujitsu Microelectronics Asia Pte Ltd (FMAL) today announced the first product in its entry into the mobile phone RF transceiver market, in launching a RF transceiver IC for mobile phones supporting 2G GSM/GPS/EDGE and 3G UMTS/HSPA protocols, that includes a 3G DigRF(*1) interface on a single chip. The compact new transceiver IC also eliminates the need for external SAW filters(*2), and low-noise amplifiers (LNA)(*3) and enables mobile phone manufacturers to reduce component count, board space and bill of materials. While a simplified programming model helps to significantly reduce development time and simplify integration of the RF into a radio platform. Samples of the MB86L01A transceiver IC are available from today.
In today’s global mobile phone markets there are increasing needs for multimode support for the various 2G and 3G communications protocols in use, as well as multiband support for the various frequency bands used in different regions, and allotted to different carriers. Mobile phone manufacturers are faced with trying to supply not only the multitude of combinations of these modes and frequencies, but also have to deal with the demands of ever-shortening product lifecycles and smaller form-factors. This new MB86L01A RF transceiver IC is designed to help mobile phone manufacturers meet these demands.
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--Rasick Gowda 2009-10-05 11:01:01
Wipro may shut its unit in France which does semiconductor design work. The reason for it is an unexpected fall in demand for such products. CNBC-TV18's Sunanda Jayaseelan reports.
Global semiconductor sales are expected to fall over 20% this year according to a report by the semiconductor industry association. Wipro is feeling the repercussions. The IT major has reportedly told its employees in its semiconductor design intellectual properties (IP) unit in France, that it could possibly exit the space. The unit in France which was acquired as a part of its new logic buyout earlier is the only unit that focuses on semiconductor chip IP for the company. It contributes about 10% to the Wipro's overall semiconductor revenues. While Wipro said it was too early to comment on its talks with its employees, a slowdown in the demand for products globally led the company to take this decision. Analysts say that orders for microchips came to a virtual standstill at the end of last year. That has squeezed profit margins.
Harish HV, Partner - Grant Thornton, India said that the industry is extremely cyclical. There have been about six significant cycles so far that the industry has had to contend with. Globally the environment is very challenging for the industry at the moment. The company has said it could either absorb the employees into other units or outplace them in other companies. But analyst point out that traditionally Indian companies have not done well in the semiconductor business and the closure of this unit could signal another exit by an Indian company from this space.
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-- 2009-10-05 11:01:51
The Photonics and Plastic Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network have invited IPI Europe to facilitate a tutorial on 19th September in London.
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The Photonics and Plastic Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network have invited IPI Europe to facilitate a tutorial on 19th September in London. The event, which will held at The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in London, UK from 10 am on the 17th September 2009, will involve speakers including; David Corr of NTERA on ‘Applications using Nanochromics™ Displays’; Richard Kirk of PolyPhotonix on ‘Implementing Printed Electronics for Displays and Lighting’; Birte Surborg of RAKO Security Label on ‘Hybrid Solutions for Brand Protection’; Mark Litecky of Soligie on Printed Electronics to achieve Commercial Products; Lawrence Hogg of Faraday Knowledge on ‘Current Applications for Printed Electronics in Packaging’ and Cathy Curling of Curling Consulting. The speakers will cover the practical aspects of the underlying technologies, with examples of real Printed or Plastic Electronic solutions that enable applications, devices or components in the following areas: o Flexible Displays & Signage Small and large area devices that create new visual effects: e.g. a static or moving colour display, a scrollable image e.g. for advertising, promotional goods, toys & games, tickets, cards o Printed Sensors & Controlled Release Devices that sense something about a product’s environment, e.g. its location, temperature or condition. Patches that release chemical substances in a controlled way for Medical & Industrial Applications o Smart & Interactive Products & Packaging Products & packaging of all types that can be used to ‘interact’ & ‘communicate’ with consumers e.g. using printed RFID devices and wireless data exchange; or by making a sound o Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Devices that can be used to store some embedded code, data or unique surface feature to enable it to be identified and validated as a genuine article o Energy Capture, Storage & Generation Printed devices (e.g. solar, kinetic or piezoelectric) that can capture, store or generate energy that can be used to power printed and conventional products In addition to hard & electronic copies of the presentations made, delegates will receive a complimentary copy of an IPI Europe programme members circulation document ‘The Printed Electronics Adoption Journal’ which summarises the latest advances in printed electronics technology and adoption. Notes to Editors: For further information please contact David Potter Tel: +44 (0)7785 222 383 e-mail david.potter[at]ipieurope[dot]com Distributed on behalf of IPI Europe Ltd by NeonDrum (http://www.neondrum.com) Nicky Denovan Tel: +44 7747 017654 nicky[at]neondrum[dot]com --Liz Hartney 2009-10-05 11:02:45
he UK business support group East of England International (EEI) has signed a major trade agreement with India.
The memorandum of understanding with the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) will boost co-operation in chip design, embedded software and solar photovoltaics.
Business visits and the exchange of industry reports and delegations are a core focus of the memorandum.
It will foster relationships and develop a mutually beneficial framework for developing business alliances in the UK and India semiconductor sectors.
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-- 2009-03-22 06:33:20
To honor and recognize talent in the semiconductor driven research
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The India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the trade body representing the Indian semiconductor driven industry, is inviting nominations and applications from members of the semiconductor research and development fraternity in India to apply for its “Technovation Awards” Ceremony to be held in July 2009. As one of the most prestigious research awards in the semiconductor industry, Technovation recognizes individuals and exemplary semiconductor research in industry and academia. Dr. Sunit Tyagi, Chairman- Technovation Awards Core Committee 2009, ISA Executive Council member and Director- Technology, Intel India, said, “In today's knowledge-intensive world, a nation's strength lies in its capability to innovate in its core technology areas. Therefore it is imperative for us to have a strategy and put in sustained effort to promote and propagate semiconductor driven research in our R&D institutions.” ISA, instituted the Technovation Awards in the year 2007. This initiative touches upon many facets to provide continuous momentum towards promoting innovation in semiconductor research. The Technovation awards are in five categories, i.e. TechnoVisionary, TechnoMentor, TechnoShield, TechnoInventor and Technovation Karnataka. The categories are for faculty, recent graduates and the engineering schools. “This is an innovative approach to encourage participation in the semiconductor world from education and research perspectives. As an industry body, the ISA wants to promote and encourage the academic fraternity and reward role models.” said Ms. Poornima Shenoy, President, ISA. The jury for the Technovation Awards, 2009 comprises of renowned personalities from industry & academia across the globe. The beneficiary of the Awards will be selected after a rigorous process of evaluation. The Awards include a trophy and monetary reward. Last date for sending your filled application/nomination forms: March 15, 2009. For more details on ISA Technovation 2009, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.isaonline.org/technovation/ --Rasick Gowda 2009-03-22 06:35:31
It's portion of a $250 billion semiconductor market is marginal, it has only two fabless startups, its innovation record as measured by the number of patents granted is dismal, it suffers from a dearth of Ph.Ds and high attrition rates, what talent it does have is undisciplined and it let China dominate completely in systems manufacturing.
Yet for Abhi Talwakar, president and CEO of LSI Logic, India remains firmly in the driver's seat of its own semiconductor and engineering design destiny.
"India possesses a unique combination of enablers that can greatly elevate its role into the future," he said during his kick-off keynote for this year's VLSI2009 Conference taking place in New Delhi this week.
"There's no reason it can't get on the map [next to Europe and China]," he said, though the US remains clearly in the lead with 48 percent of the market share, based on the number of companies headquartered there. India currently enjoys a meager $7.3 billion of that $250 billion market, or 2.92 percent.
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-- 2009-03-22 06:35:38