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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.

Vivado Design Suite 2014.1 Increases Productivity with Automation of UltraFast Design Methodology and OpenCL Hardware Acceleration
April 16, 2014
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 Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today released the Vivado(R) 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). With over 2,500 customers trained on the UltraFast design methodology and 30,000 views of the UltraFast design methodology video tutorial, Xilinx continues to raise awareness and adoption of the methodology developed to increase designer productivity. By leveraging the UltraFast design methodology recommendations design teams are achieving design closure in weeks versus months spent on similar projects without this methodology.

Wireless Opportunities In Healthcare 2013-2018: The Market For Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN And Other Technologies
April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare: The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and Other Technologies" report to their offering.

Essemtec Launches the New CUBUS Storage Solution at SMT in Nuremberg
April 16, 2014
Essemtec, the Swiss manufacturer of production systems for electronic assembly and packaging, launches CUBUS, its next-generation storage tower, at SMT 2014 in Nuremberg. “With the development of a next-generation storage system, Essemtec has gone one step ahead of the current storage systems and their limitations,”, states Manuel Jenni, Product Manager. The new CUBUS has user-adjustable shelves that can be varied in 5 mm steps and are auto-configured. Thus reels range from 8 to 72 mm and are easily accommodated. Moreover, the shelves occupy either two small 7" reels or one 13 or 15" reel, further optimizing packing density without compromising flexibility. It can store 5-6 reels per minute. The CUBUS comes in two sizes and houses 600 or 900 reels each and automatically detects diameter and width of each reel.

-BAE SYSTEMS UNVEILS GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE MOBILE APP FOR GOOGLE GLASS
April 16, 2014
ENP Newswire - 16 April 2014 Release date- 15042014 - BAE Systems today unveiled a new mobile app that can be used with Google Glass for hands-free geospatial intelligence data collection and photo reporting from anywhere in the field.

Applied DNA Sciences Certifies Micross Components Facility for Third Party SigNature; R DNA Marking.
April 15, 2014
  STONY BROOK, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2014       April 15, 2014. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based authentication and security solutions, announced today that a Florida facility of Micross Components, a global provider of specialty electronic components with a 35 year history in providing authentic, high-reliability products, has completed the training process to become a certified SigNature(R) DNA Third-Party Marker. The Micross Clearwater, Florida facility has been audited and approved to securely store multiple unique SigNature DNA marks and apply them on behalf of customers.           Certified Third-Party Markers play a key role in APDN's anti-counterfeiting solution by offering companies a way to efficiently and immediately begin SigNature DNA-marking their products. Because Micross Components has the quality infrastructure in place, they can support a range of customers in the military, aerospace, industrial and commercial spaces as the SigNature DNA marking program continues to grow and gain momentum.         Micross Components boasts a broad scope of services in a number of key industry segments that make them an ideal partner for the SigNature DNA Marking program. The company is both an aftermarket and original component manufacturer of packaged integrated circuits, and also offers DLA lab-suitable MIL-STD test screening.           Additionally, Micross Components supports the US Defense Logistics Agency SigNature DNA Marking requirement by approving their legally authorized distributors to ship DNA-marked components to the Agency.          

Lockheed and University of Arizona deliver JWST imaging instrument to NASA
April 14, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Harmonic unveils new video software platform
April 11, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Harmonic, a provider of video delivery infrastructure, has unveiled Harmonic VOS, an extensible software platform which will reportedly enable virtualized media processing from a single software platform.

Top 10 smartwatches setting the trend
April 11, 2014
Compared to the cool response from consumers, the investment market has turned white-hot, and some are even saying that overinvestment and potential bubbles have started to appear in the market, especially since not many brands have made big profits. As one of new categories of smart wearable devices, smartwatches have been covered by media from all possible angles since last year. Some even joked that the device has forced the US cartoon character Dick Tracy to eat his heart out!


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