Electronic Components

Yet another recognition for Pradeep’s Point! :)

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Friends, I just learnt that Pradeep’s Point has been selected as the Top Blog for Design and Verification by Bucharest, Romania-based firm AMIQ Consulting. Once again, I am extremely grateful to all of you for helping me achieve this awesome distinction!

cropped-1441920190142.jpgThis recognition is now my 20th overall, and 16th, including one national recognition, for all of my blogs. That 19 such recognitions are from the overseas, is probably evident of the fact that electronics and semiconductors are well read, followed and even written overseas.

Am I wrong? I sincerely hope not, as there is a lot of work being done in electronics and semiconductors within India. The one thing missing from all of this is the presence of leading Indian firms — origin or based — in electronics and semiconductors. I hope that changes in future. And, till that happens, all of those studies depicting India as an electronics hub, are wasted.

As for the blog awards, I’ve mentioned that it’s my 16th recognition, including one national recognition, for all of my blogs. I have now completed a decade of writing (or blogging), and that’s a great result, won’t you all agree? 🙂 I didn’t even know that the blogs will help me achieve so much international (and national) recognition back in 2007, when I returned to India, from Hong Kong.

I started these blogs, back in 2007, to assist my friends, Kevin Ho Fai Lau, Zoe Lam, Alfred Cheng, Yashan Jo Kuo, John Ng, Claudius Chan, Kittie Wong, Len Sangalang, and some others.

Later, Usha Prasad (who was with me till 2012), S. Uma Mahesh, S. Janakiraman, Anand Anandkumar, Jaswinder Ahuja, Montu Makadia, Veeresh Shetty, Raghu Panicker, Dr Pradip Dutta, Vivek Sharma, Vivek Saxena, Sanjeev Keskar, Sathya Prasad, Dr. Satya Gupta, Rahul Arya, Malcolm Penn, Dr Walden Rhines, Dr Aart de Geus, Shinto Joseph, as well as late Ms Tarana Uthayya, Sanjana Shetty, Varsha Poonacha, Padmini Hegde, my niece, Aanchal Ghatak, my son, Prateek Chakraborty, and several others joined the fray.

A decade of winning awards and titles has been a tremendous journey. Thank you to all of you who have made this possible! 🙂 Thanks are due to my wife, Shima Chakraborty, for putting up with me! 🙂

Rohm intros BLDC motor solutions for India!

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rohmRohm Semiconductors has introduced the brushless (BL) DC motors for the Indian market.

At a gathering in Bangalore, Rohm detailed the line-up for energy efficient ceiling fans and room AC outdoor unit fans. Designed specifically in India, for India, the  use of BLDC motors can reduce power consumption of home appliances and industrial equipment by up to 50 percent.

Nakamura Daisuke, MD, Rohm Semiconductors (India), said that quality has always been the company’s top priority. Sixty percent of Rohm’s revenue come from Asia. Rohm started its India design center in 2014. The design center does 100 percent inhouse production – from IC chip design and layout to photomasking.

Britto Edward Victor, head, India Design Center, Rohm Semiconductors (India), added that India was currently the largest market for ceiling fans as well as air coolers. India has been estimated to produce 73 million ceiling fans per year by 2020. It currently produces 40 million ceiling fans at 10 percent growth year-on-year.

Using BLDC motors, instead of AC induction motors, could lead to a saving of 35W and ~50 percent in savings. Rohm has a smart integrated power module (IPM) for BLDC motors. Rohm also made the smallest package in the industry. The BLDC motors are designed for the Indian market and helps reduce the time to market.

Rohm has been providing analog, power, sensor, and mobile solutions. Rohm has been focusing on automotive, power and motor, as well as smartphones. Daisuke added that power emerged as a key area. Rohm started off with power and motors. Rohm also offers mobile solutions, called RASMID.

 

I’m now on EEWeb! ;)

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Friends, EEWeb.com has just published my interview. Wow!!

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That’s me! 🙂

It has been a long and splendid journey. I wish that my parents — Bina and Pramode Ranjan Chakraborty — were still alive! This is dedicated to both of you.

Special mention needs to be made of my wife, Shima Chakraborty, who has been my constant companion and source of strength, since my mother passed away.

What memories I have! Nani Narayanan of Motorola lent me his mobile phone so I could make my first call to my wife, Shima, in 1995, at a trade show. Of course, I was well into Apple, Telstra, Cisco, and some other global companies at the time.

Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) was there, from Japan, to promote the use of PHS (personal handyphone system) in India in 1995. The Israel delegation was there in India, again in 1995, to sell security products. Anil Prakash and his PTC India chapter, visit to AT&T and Advantech with Pravin Rikhy.

I first heard of TSMC and other semiconductor majors in 1996, when I arrived in Hong Kong. I became friends with Intel, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and later, Mentor Graphics, Cadence and Synopsys. In Oct. 2006, at Global Sources, I selected the New Products Gallery at the China Sourcing Fair. My visit to Ericsson’s fab in Kista, Sweden, in 2000, Infineon’s fab in Dresden, Germany, 2002, Intel’s in 2008, Samsung in 2014! I happened to break the news of TD-SCDMA in 2000, and later, visited Siemens in 2002 to have a first look at the handset. Well, there are so many memories to share. I can go on! 🙂

I have to thank all of my classmates and members of my BHS cricket team, my guru, Keshtoda (Shankar Ghosh), Dabbu (Pushpendra), Raju (Rajkumar), Lippi (Rajiv) and recently, Kitty, Len, Raj, Geri, Geetanjali, Usha, Varsha, Sanjana, and so many others. At Global Sources, I have Claudius Chan, Daniel Tam, and so many others to thank.

A special thanks to Rob Gunayan and everyone at EEWeb!

Now, I’ve been nominated for an award in India! ;)

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Friends, now, I’ve been nominated for an award in India! 😉

I have been nominated for the prestigious Indywood Media Excellence Awards, being organized at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, on Sept 24th 2016.This event is being organized by Indywood and the Government of Telangana State.

IndyWoodThe organizers expect the participation of the chairman/CEO/president/directors of more than 100 most reputed establishments to attend this mega event, along with several Forbes listed billionaires and film personalities.

Wow!! All I can say is a deeply, heart-felt thanks! 🙂

I didn’t even know that a simple guy like me would even get nominated for such an award!! Besides, who would read blogs on semiconductors and electronics in India? About a 1,000 people at best? Or maybe, 2,000-3,000? Surely, I myself do not expect that many people to read my stuff in the first place! 🙂

What I’d like to say is that most of my better work had been overseas, especially with Global Sources. I covered computer products, electronic compoments, electronics and telecom for the various verticals. Along the way, I also developed some knowledge about the various products. I want to personally thank Spenser Au, my first publisher and now CEO, Alfred Cheng, Claudius Chan, John Ng, Daniel Tam, Rajendar Gopinath, along with many others.

Pradeep’s Point was started in 2007 on my return from Hong Kong. As many of you would know, this site changed my life. Also, I picked up seven awards, along with seven other awards for the other technology related sites — four for electronic components, and one each for electronics, semiconductors and telecom.

Now, EEWeb.com wants to feature me!
Today, I received an email from Rob Gunayan, from EEWeb.com, who also congratulated me on the nomination and requested to feature me on EEWeb.electrical-engineering

For those unaware, EEWeb.com is a premium electrical/electronics online community, owned by Aspen Labs. The head office is located in Boise Idaho, USA. EEWeb said, “We feature Electrical/Electronics Engineers whom we find interesting, and we thought could be an inspiration to others.”

A double WOW! 🙂

Many thanks to the Indywood Media Excellence Awards committee, and also to the EEWeb.com team. You have certainly made it my day! 🙂

How are semicon sales in 2016? Good or bad?

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Let’s turn our attention to semiconductors. The key question: how is the industry performing?

SIANow, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has put it as $26 billion for May 2016, an increase of 0.4 percent compared to previous month’s total of $25.9 billion, but a decrease of 7.7 percent compared to the May 2015 total of $28.1 billion.

If we look at SEMI’s North American semiconductor equipment industry figures,
the three-month average of worldwide bookings in June 2016 was $1.71 billion. The bookings figure is 2.1 percent lower than final May 2016 level of $1.75 billion, and 12.9 percent higher than June 2015 order level of $1.52 billion.

However, IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast to -1 percent. It says, ” Rarely can there be strong semiconductor market growth without at least “good” worldwide economic growth to support it. ”

Besides the impact of Brexit on the UK, and how it can impact the European semiconductor industry, the DRAM industry is said to register a 19 percent drop of $8.5 billion this year to $36.5 billion. The semiconductor market growth, excluding DRAM, is forecast to be +2 percent for 2016.

As the SIA puts it, “additional research is needed as we transition to an even more connected world, enabled by innovations like the IoT.”

According to the SIA, research is needed in areas such as energy-efficient sensing and computing, cyber-physical systems, intelligent storage, real-time communication ecosystem, multi-level and scalable security, next-generation manufacturing paradigms, insight computing, and an IoT test platform.

Why can’t today’s computers process data like the brain? Brain-inspired computing has been a focus area. How that will pan out would make interesting reading.

Friends, this is my new blog! :)

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Dear friends, how have you all been? It feels really good to be back! It has been nearly tw0 years Placeholder Imagethat I have been away. You may want to know what I have been doing so far?

Well, first, I was Head of Content at CIOL, and later, went off to Singapore for a stint at Control Engineering Asia. However, early this year, I experienced a massive heart attack, that put me off for some time!

Thanks to all of your best wishes, I am once again, back!

I will continue to write about my favorite topic – semiconductors and electronics. As well as topics around active/passive components, automation technologies, automotive, ICs, IoE/IoT,  LEDs, MCUs, MPUs, photonics, PV/thin film solar, robotics, security, telecom, etc.

Hope you all like and enjoy. 🙂