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Move to change gadget import norms irks US; likely to impact products like Apple's iPads, iPhones
April 17, 2014
NEW DELHI, KOLKATA: Another irritant threatens India-US business ties that have been on edge of late. India's proposed new standards for imported electronic gadgets such as tablets and mobiles have irked the US, which has termed them non-tariff barriers in a communication to the department of commerce, two government officials familiar with the matter told ET. The standards could impact products such as Apple's iPads and iPhones. Imported electronic goods such as tablets, laptops, printers, scanners, set-top boxes, wireless keyboards, TV sets and microwave ovens have to comply with specified Bureau of Indian Standard certifications starting July 1. The deadline has been extended thrice by the government to give companies enough time for compliance.

Move to Change Gadget Import Norms Irks US
April 17, 2014
Another irritant threatens India-US business ties that have been on edge of late.India's proposed new standards for imported electronic gadgets such as tablets and mobiles have irked the US,which has termed them non-tariff barriers in a communication to the department of commerce,two government officials familiar with the matter told ET.The standards could impact products such as Apple's iPads and iPhones.Imported electronic goods such as tablets,laptops,printers,scanners,set-top boxes,wireless keyboards,TV sets and microwave ovens have to comply with specified Bureau of Indian Standard certifications starting July 1.The deadline has been extended thrice by the government to give companies enough time for compliance."They have written," confirmed a department of commerce official.Another government official said US industry groupings and companies had also taken up the issue,apart from their government.The US has said it sees these standards as non-tariff barriers designed to keep imports out to benefit the domestic industry.The department of telecom (DoT) is working on a separate set of rules to include cellphones within the definition of the word `telegraph' to ensure mobile operators only use handsets that have been tested at an accredited local laboratory.Besides,the Directorate General of Foreign Trade has advocated mandatory disclosure of a mobile phone's specific absorption rate (SAR) value as a precondition for all future mobile handset imports into India.DoT has engaged the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to frame safety and product standards for mobile phones in coordination with Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC),DoT's technical arm.BIS will formulate product standards for mobiles that will focus on safety and performance.These norms,which could have implications for US telecom equipment manufacturers,are still in the formulation stage and may not meet the July 1 deadline.The US industry sees these standards as non-tariff barriers that could impact exports to India.The telecom industry is particularly peeved at the requirement of local testing.Recently,the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA),a powerful US trade body representing manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks,had in a letter to the US International Trade Commission said "there is no evidence that location of an internationally accredited testing lab corresponds with the level of security assurance provided to it or the product itself ".TIA had added that "there are long-standing,internationally accredited labs conducting such testing and location does not have a bearing on the accuracy of the test as long as the lab has achieved appropriate certification".It also warned that India risked supply chain disruptions and increased costs for telecom service providers (TSPs) and their vendors as it currently lacked the requisite lab testing capacity.It said the July 1 local testing deadline should be deferred,failing which potential supply chain disruptions could hit consumer pricing.India and US trade relations have been at their lowest after a row over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in December and more recently when the US Inter Trade Commission,a quasi-judicial federal American agency,began a review of New Delhi's trade and investments rules.It is investigating if India's intellectual property laws discriminated against US companies.Attempt by the two countries to resolve long-pending tax disputes concerning transfer pricing have also not been able to make much headway despite India taking a very flexible position.Globally,the debate on sanitary and phytosanitary standards has only deepened with most countries switching to developing their own standards to ensure upgradation of local manufacturing and preventing substandard imports.India's move to introduce stringent standards for electronic goods has also been prompted by concerns over substandard goods finding their way into the Indian market.Trade expert Biswajit Dhar agreed that most countries are using standards as nontariff barriers after tariffs came down,but added India was an outlier that has not yet got down to develop its own standards."We need to develop product standards as all kinds of cheap and low-quality goods have started coming into the country.We need to get more aggressive on this but also get industry on board," said Dhar,director general of think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries.Speaking at a CII conference on standards on Wednesday,Rajeev Kher,commerce secretary,pointed out that standards had effectively replaced tariffs in the international trade discourse.He highlighted how different countries in Africa had upgraded their standards for various products and many of these were now on par with developed country standards.

MegaChips and Vidatronic execute Joint Development Agreement; MegaChips Corporation announces the MegaChips new generation LDO, a new line of products jointly developed with Texas-based semiconductor company, Vidatronic, Inc.
April 16, 2014
 MegaChips, one of the world's largest application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solution providers, introduces MegaChips' new generation LDO, a new line of low dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulators offering superior performance over traditional LDO products. MegaChips new generation LDO features unparalleled dynamic performance and power supply noise rejection with or without an output capacitor. When used without an output capacitor, this LDO will save approximately 25% of the PCB board area making this an ideal solution for space sensitive applications such as smartphones, tablet PCs and the latest wearable devices. 

Lava Selects Broadcom Quad-Core HSPA+ Turnkey Platform to Power New QPAD Tablet; Feature-Rich Tablet Satisfies India's Booming Demand for Advanced Connectivity and Entertainment at an Affordable Price Point
April 16, 2014
 Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Lava International Limited, one of the region's fastest growing mobile device providers, selected Broadcom's quad-core HSPA+  turnkey platform forLava's newly released QPAD e704 tablet. Powered by Broadcom's 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, RF transceiver, power management IC, connectivity combo chip and multi-constellation GNSS location chip, the proven Broadcom platform enabled Lava to produce an affordable feature-rich tablet with the advanced connectivity and entertainment capabilities demanded by today's consumer. For more news, visit Broadcom'sNewsroom.

Getac Announces T800 Fully Rugged Tablet with 8.1-Inch Display Designed for Today's Mobile Workforce; Compact Size, Extreme Ruggedness, Advanced Wireless, Extended Battery Life and New SnapBack Add-Ons Help T800 Perform in Extreme Conditions
April 16, 2014
Getac Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged computers, is introducing the T800 fully rugged tablet. At less than 9x6 inches in size and boasting a brilliant 8.1-inch display, the T800 is the ideal compact rugged tablet for today's mobile workforce. Combining the latest in processor and wireless technology with an ultra-rugged exterior and Getac's unique SnapBack add-on accessories, the Getac T800 is the perfect fit for use in extreme working environments including those found in the utilities, military, field service, public safety and transportation sectors. The new T800 runs Windows 8.1 Professional. Measuring less than 9x6 inches in size and offering a brilliant 8.1-inch display, the T800 is the ideal compact rugged tablet for today's mobile workforce. (Photo: Business Wire)

Vivado Design Suite 2014.1 Increases Productivity with Automation of UltraFast Design Methodology and OpenCL Hardware Acceleration; New release delivers faster runtimes, improved QoR, OpenCL kernel support and automates UltraFast design methodology best practices for 7 series and UltraScale All Programmable devices
April 16, 2014
 Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today released the Vivado® Design Suite 2014.1, the industry's only SoC-strength development environment. This release extends the automation of the UltraFast(TM) design methodology and delivers an average of 25 percent faster runtimes and 5 percent improvement in performance across all devices. Also new to 2014.1 is hardware acceleration of OpenCL kernels, within Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS). Logo -http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020822/XLNXLOGO

REMINDER: MEDIA ALERT: Oski Technology to Host Latest Decoding Formal Club for Formal Verification Enthusiasts; April 21 Agenda Includes Panel on Building Formal Team, Presentation on Formal Test Planning
April 16, 2014
WHO: Oski Technology, Inc., the only dedicated formal verification service provider WHAT: Will host the Decoding Formal Club, the latest in a series of meetings dedicated to fostering formal idea sharing among formal verification enthusiasts. It will include a panel moderated by Harry Foster, chief verification scientist at Mentor Graphics, titled, "Building a Formal Team." Also on the agenda, which includes lunch, is a presentation from Oski on "Formal Test Planning" and a self-guided tour of the Computer History Museum.

Deca Technologies Ships 100-Millionth Wafer-Level Packaged Component; Fully Automated Manufacturing Technology Drives Growth for WLP Startup
April 16, 2014
Deca Technologies, an electronic interconnect solutions provider to the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has shipped its 100-millionth component. The company attributes this milestone to strong demand from portable electronics manufacturers for wafer-level chip scale packages (WLCSP) manufactured using Deca's unique, integrated Autoline production platform, which is designed to achieve faster time-to-market at lower cost.

Deca Technologies Ships 100-Millionth Wafer-Level Packaged Component; Fully Automated Manufacturing Technology Drives Growth for WLP Startup
April 16, 2014
Deca Technologies, an electronic interconnect solutions provider to the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has shipped its 100-millionth component. The company attributes this milestone to strong demand from portable electronics manufacturers for wafer-level chip scale packages (WLCSP) manufactured using Deca's unique, integrated Autoline production platform, which is designed to achieve faster time-to-market at lower cost.

QuickLogic Announces Release of IrDA-Based TV Remote Control PSB for Mobile Devices; Enables Mobile Device OEMs to Convert Their Smartphones Into TV Remote Controls
April 16, 2014
QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), the innovator in low-power Customer Specific Standard Products (CSSPs), today announced the immediate availability of its IrDA Remote Control Proven System Block (PSB). This PSB provides mobile device OEMs with a low-cost, system-verified method of implementing infrared-based remote control features on their devices. Through this PSB block, OEMs can enable their smartphones and tablets to become remote controls for all popular television and home theater brands.


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