BANGALORE, India, 20th June, 2014: Tektronix introduced the BSA286CL BERTScope Bit Error Rate Tester for the testing of 100G communications standards including OIF-CEI, CAUI, and InfiniBand Standards.
BSA286CL supports testing of higher levels of jitter tolerance and can generate the requisite degree of impairments with a low enough jitter noise floor.
“Inphi’s commitment to leading the industry in optical technology, both at 100G and beyond, is helped by testing tools which provide precision impairment and lower noise to validate performance to key specs like OIF-CEI 3.0,” said Mark Marlett, senior principal engineer, Inphi.
BSA286CL features the best modulation technology supporting 100G PHY Layer testing. The 28.6 Gb/s BERTScope supports higher levels of Sinusoidal Jitter (SJ) and other jitter impairments while maintaining low sub 300 fs intrinsic jitter floor performance at key 100G data rates.
“The BSA286CL rounds out the comprehensive Tektronix high performance BERT portfolio which support key industry standards. These products are all integral players in supporting the emerging 100G ecosystem,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “In addition, with our recent acquisition of Picosecond Pulse Labs, Tektronix now offers the industry’s broadest selection of BERT-based technology combined with high performance oscilloscopes, giving customers a total solution to all their 100G needs.”
Another new capability in the BSA286CL is Combined Random, Bounded Uncorrelated and High Frequency Sinusoidal Jitter (RJ, BUJ and SJ) impairments up to 28.6G offering combined levels exceeding 7.5UI over a broad range of required jitter tolerance (JTOL) frequencies. An industry first, this capability is key to meeting OIF-CEI 3.0 JTOL specifications as well as similar needs found in IEEE802.3bj 100G specifications.
Pricing & Availability: General availability is June 2014. Prices start at $347,000 US MSRP.
Source: EE Herald
NEW DELHI, India 20th June: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has obtained in-principle approval for setting up the first Greenfield electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) in collaboration with the Government of Odisha, under the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters Scheme of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), providing a boost to the electronics manufacturing industry and job creation in the state.
The proposed Greenfield EMC cluster, located at Harapur, Gaudakasipur and Durgapur village of Khurda District in Odisha, is expected to house over 100 electronics manufacturing units. The project, with an estimated cost of Rs. 209.64 crores, has an employment potential of 10,000 – 12,000 jobs.
The EMC scheme of DeitY supports grant assistance for setting up Greenfield and Brownfield EMCs. For Greenfield EMCs, the assistance is 50% of the project cost subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 crore for every 100 acres of land.
The total investment in the cluster is projected at Rs. 979 crores, including investment by individual units in plant, machinery and park infrastructure. IESA has asked Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILF&S) clusters to prepare a detailed project report for the proposed EMC Park.
“The state government is committed towards the development of the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the state and both IDCO and OCAC (Odisha Computer Application Centre) are lending admirable support for the project.
“In addition to this, the state government is providing attractive incentives for the ESDM sector under the recently announced state IT policy-2014,” said Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation IDCO CMD, Vishal Kumar Dev.
The proposed Greenfield cluster will include common facilities for production support services like tool room, test and measurement labs, incubation centre, training centre, and have provisions for common infrastructure support like power and water for potential investors, IESA said in a statement.
Source: The Economic Times
BANGALORE, 20th June: Three students of Jain College of Engineering got their innovations published at the Fourth International Congress on Interdisciplinary Research and Development at Bangkok recently. Suhas Mithare, Abhay Kulkarni and Suneet Dixit — all final year students of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics engineering branches — were among students from 16 countries who presented 103 papers at the event titled ‘Interdisciplinary and ASEAN community’, said college director and principal K.G. Vishwanath.
The conference was organised by the Royal Institute of Thailand under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the presentations were held on June 1.
They innovated on a technology of monitoring water content in agricultural soil and automatic regulation of the pump. This helps in conserving water and electricity. The farmer is not required to monitor watering of crops. Electronic sensors measure moisture and the feedback circuit operates the pump. They co-authored the paper under the guidance of D.G. Kulkarni.
In another paper, Kavita and Pallavi, final year students of mechanical engineering, designed fuel briquettes from leaves. Villagers can make this briquette by mixing leaves, camphor, waste engine oil and some additives to generate maximum heat for a stove. These briquettes are more efficient than industrial briquettes, they said.
Their classmates Mallikarjun G.B., Ramesh Kotre and Bhimraddi Mankani designed and fabricated a low-cost stove for burning briquette, which will save them the cost of fuel. Both projects were guided by Prof. Kulkarni.
Kavita and Pallavai presented a paper on their project at the All-India Conference on ‘Waste management’ recently and also published in the Institution of Engineers’ proceedings.
Source: The Hindu
HYDERABAD, India, 20th June, 2014: After promising to make Hyderabad a wifi enabled city and to create a separate fund for incubators, Telangana IT minister K Tarakarama Rao announced that efforts will be made to set up two electronic manufacturing clusters in Hyderabad.
These clusters that would come in about 700 acre in Maheshwaram mandal of Rangareddy district would compliment the software segment in Hyderabad, which was now in the second position in the country. Hyderabad had earlier announced a fabcity but that has not met with success. Later, only a few solar module manufacturing units came up.
According to Rao, Centre has accorded approval for these clusters and assured to provide 50 per cent of the funds. “There is local interest in the clusters. We are hoping that global gadgets and consumer electronics players too would set up their units here,” said the
A policy that would foster the growth of the hardware segment too would be brought out shortly, he said.
The government would set up a technology development bank to nurture entrepreneurship in hardware and software sectors, he said adding that technology development bank would provide seed fund to budding entrepreneurs.
Consortiums of software companies would adopt engineering colleges to impart skills to make them industry ready, he said adding that the government was setting up the country’s largest incubation centre at IIIT-Hyderabad campus to promote entrepreneurship. With over 100,000 sft of incubation space, the centre would be ready six months, he said.
JA Chowdary, co-chair of Ficci for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said the opportunity in the electronic manufacturing is huge. The investment potential in the segment could be $ 400 billion in the country, he said adding incentives like exemption from excise and income tax could bring OEMs to Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, Hitachi Consulting, to which the state government had earlier allotted 7.3 acre land at Nanakramguda SEZ, said it would expand its operations here. It now had over 1900 software professionals working at the development center here.
Source: Financial Chronicle
Ayesha Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, June 20, 2014: From developing adult and infant ventilators to simulating industrial business processes and addressing manufacturing design challenges, PSG College of Technology in Peelamedu, Coimbatore, is leveraging its ties with the industry for research and development work.
The strengths of the institute are electronics and communications and it boasts of a number of centres to develop cable technology, embedded systems, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) processes.
Industry collaborations have proved beneficial. The PSG-Lapp Centre for Excellence in Cable Technology has been set up with support from the German cable manufacturing Lapp Group. It has facilities for designing suitable electrical cables for various applications. The PSG-Infineon Embedded Systems Centre, which has facilities for designing and testing of embedded systems, is supported by German semiconductor manufacturing Infineon Technologies.
Dr R Rudramoorthy, principal, says his students and faculty use these facilities for R&D. “Our PG students are involved in research and development work. Working at the centres improves their technical skills for meeting industry expectations. The current technical problems associated with these industries are very useful for research work,” he adds.
Students have the benefit of familiarising themselves with actual engineering practices and also use the facilities for their project work. Faculty members take the students to the shopfloor to help them understand manufacturing processes. Single semester programmes in universities such as South Australia, Dayton, Arkansas, Luxembourg and Toledo, also give students ample international exposure.
International internships help. Recounting his experience at switchgear manufacturing company ETA PCS, Ajman, UAE, A Abdul Rahim says, “It was like any job meeting HR on the first day and being briefed on the company and schedules for the next two months. Safety induction training was given by the health and safety engineer.” In the first month, Rahim was given a week in each department to learn about the outline of each. Then, he opted to work in the quality assurance and internal testing department “because I can learn stuff technically and get hands-on experience on testing of panels and relays.” Every day was about learning something new. “Apart from technical stuff I have learnt many lessons from my superiors regarding professional behaviour and communication. Overall, my stay at ETA-PCS was technically and professionally enriching with a right blend of knowledge and fun,” he adds.
Students have also been accessing Agilent, SAP and Cordys centres with software facilities for simulating industrial business processes, open source softwares and cloud computing.
Training of faculty is a key area. Dr P V Mohanram, a senior faculty of mechanical engineering, was trained in pneumatic automation by FESTO. Ashok Leyland trained him in the area of automotive engineering. He feels he is better equipped to teach related subjects with appropriate emphasis on the industrial standards and practices.
The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (Tifac) and Pricol Industries, manufacturer and supplier of complete automotive products, have helped set up the PSG Tifac Core. This centre has advanced facilities in CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) laboratories. For the uninitiated this refers to computer software used for design and manufacture products. CAD/CAM applications are used to design a product and programme manufacturing processes, especially for CNC machining, which involves the use of computers to control machines.
Experienced faculty of the institute are engaged in research in product design and development. The centre has full-fledged rapid prototyping facility (to quickly fabricate a scale models, using three-dimensional computer aided design data. Usually done using 3D printing or ‘additive layer manufacturing’ technology). Faculty services are extended to industries in rapid prototyping, reverse engineering (reproduction of another manufacturer’s product after examination of its construction or composition) and rapid tooling (fabricating tools from a rapid prototyping process).
“So far,” says Rudramoorthy, “about a 1,000 companies have used its facilities for product development and it is doing very well.”
It is promoted jointly by PSG-Pricol and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), with all three contributing equally. Pricol, too, has used the centre for developing its automobile dashboard components.
Joint research and development projects include a bench model for an adult ventilator. Funded by the Society for BioMedical Technology, Bangalore, technology transfer of the ventilator took place in 2005 between PSG and Pricol.
With the lessons learnt, another project on an infant ventilator was taken up with Pricol Medical Systems Limited, one of Pricol’s group companies.
The funding and expert guidance came from DST. Because of the earlier experience, there was more to add to the infant ventilator and ensure it had elegant aesthetics. Its features included advanced modes of ventilation, touchscreen display, user-friendly menu and, interestingly, more than 60% indigenous components. The equipment was also tested for trouble-free operation and reliability and maintainability.
The institute established an Entrepreneurship Development Cell in the early 80’s and upgraded it as PSG Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Park (PSG STEP) in 1998 with financial support from DST. It has seen about a 100 startups and both faculty and alumni have benefited from the project.
Looking ahead, PSG is now establishing a research and development centre for industrial textiles with the ministry of textiles at a cost of Rs. 25 crore. The objective is to develop new industrial textile products.
The institute also plans to bring more industries to the Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Park it established in 1988 and engage them in research with the faculty for product development.
An ambitious plan is being drawn up to connect the Indian industry with others in the developed countries by collaborative arrangements through foreign universities. Finally, in the next few years, PSG wants to keenly focus on product development, patents and technology transfer.
Principal’s cut, Dr R Rudramoorthy
We understand the requirements of the industry and their operating technologies through our centres and train our students to develop knowledge and skill in these technologies. The industry gets trained manpower and our placement records have improved because of these centres.Engineers of the industry engage our faculty and students. Industries get lots of ideas through students’ projects. They train their engineers using the faculty in these centres. Joint research projects have also been taken up
What the faculty has to say
I have been trained well by Danfoss Ltd, Chennai, a Denmark-based company engaged in manufacturing and sales of air conditioning and variable speed motor drives. I am currently professor of robotics and automation engineering department of PSG Tech. Faculty members of PSG Tech have been offering training programmes to industries right from refresher courses on fundamentals of engineering to highly advanced topics. Companies like Ashok Leyland send their new recruits for intensive training programmes of about three months. Departments like robotics and automation engineering provide training programmes on advanced CNC programming, programming and maintenance of robots etc. These are very focused on the requirements of the industry and highly customised. So any such training programme requires lot of interaction, visits and networking between the industry and the institute. Local industries that have benefited from such tailor-made programmes to name a few are Pricol and Elgi Equipment.
Dr M Sundaram Professor, department of robotics and automation engineering, PSG College of Technology
Hear it from the students
I gained knowledge about the overall functioning of various departments of Lapp USA, a cable manufacturing company and their goals. During my internship I learned both technical and non-technical skills. I performed all types of electrical, mechanical and physical tests for engineering and laboratory projects and created test reports for the tasks completed. An important aspect of having this internship experience was that it helped me acquire professional etiquette. There are small things about the professional environment that are not taught in school like being on time, responding to emails in a timely manner, not being loud on the phone, acting responsibly etc
My overall internship experience in Lapp USA was good. It helped me gain knowledge on various processes, die blocks, materials used in the production like PVC, nylon and colouring agents, difference in various processes and methodology adopted by Lapp USA, manufacturing techniques, standards etc
Techprofile: PSG College of Technology – Peelamedu, Coimbatore
Commended for Electronics and communications engineering
Founded In 1951 by Dr G R Damodaran, also its first principal. The first private engineering institute in Tamil Nadu
Status Autonomous, government aided private engineering college and affiliated to Anna University
Industry backup Located on the same campus as PSG Industrial institute. Is among a few to have an industry attached to it
Faculty facts Faculty training programmes are organised in-house to which industry people are invited. Faculty members also attend training programmes organised by industry to ensure updating of knowledge
Linkages Has visiting faculty and guest lecturers from the industry. There were 11 visiting faculty and eight guest lecturers for the electronics engineering departments in 2012-13
Strengths Has 15 engineering and technology departments besides the computer applications, management sciences, basic sciences and humanities departments
Company contributions Several labs and facilities have been set up by industry. College also provided funds for doing the same. In 2005, an open source software laboratory was set up and in 2006 a PSG-LAPP Centre for Excellence in Cable Technology was inaugurated. The same year a PSG-Infenon Embedded Systems Lab was set up
Tie-ups with The institute also has close partnerships with Agilent, SAP, Cognizant and Cordys. It has links with industries in the field of automotive, aerospace, defence, textile, software\development and consumer durables
Power centre Was selected by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (Tifac) of the department of science and technology to set up a Centre of Relevance and Excellence in product design, optimisation and collaborative product commerce. PSG Tifac Core was set up under public – private partnership model by TIFAC, PSG College of Technology and Pricol Industries in 2001
Source: Hindustan Times
New York, 20th June, 2014: Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics.
“However, new manufacturing techniques must be developed before soft machines become commercially practical,” said Rebecca Kramer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.
She and her students are working to develop the fabrication technique which uses a custom-built 3D-printer.
The researchers embedded liquid-alloy devices into a rubber-like polymer called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a silicon-based “elastomer”.
The liquid gallium-indium alloy was used to create patterns of lines to form a network of sensors.
“It has some odd properties,” Kramer said.
“We exploit its oxide skin by using it for structural stability. This means you can print liquid on a surface and it will maintain stable structures without moving around,” she said.
Once you print it, you can flip it over or turn it on its side, because the liquid is encased by this oxide skin.
The new process also can be used to fabricate pressure sensors, capacitors and conductors.
“While this is a huge step forward, we need to continue to decrease scale and increase density to develop sensors and electronics that are comparable to traditional, rigid devices and that mimic the functionality of human skin,” Kramer added.
The findings appeared in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
Source: Business Standard
BANGALORE, India, 5th June, 2014: Electronic device architectures may soon become a lot faster as researchers have now unveiled the world’s first fully two-dimensional field-effect transistor (FET) that provides high electron mobility even under high voltages.
Unlike conventional FETs made from silicon, these 2D FETs suffer no performance drop-off under high voltages and provide high electron mobility, even when scaled to a monolayer in thickness.
“The results demonstrate the promise of using an all-layered material system for future electronic applications,” said Ali Javey, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Berkeley in the US.
The 2D heterostructures were fabricated from layers of a transition metal dichalcogenide, hexagonal boron nitride and graphene stacked via van der Waals interactions, or relatively weak electric forces that attract neutral molecules to one another in gases, in liquefied and solidified gases, and in almost all organic liquids and solids.
“Our work represents an important stepping stone towards the realisation of a new class of electronic devices in which interfaces based on van der Waals interactions rather than covalent bonding provide an unprecedented degree of control in material engineering and device exploration,” Javey said.
The van der Waals bonding of the interfaces and the use of a multi-step transfer process present a platform for making complex devices based on crystalline layers without the constraints of lattice parameters that often limit the growth and performance of conventional heterojunction materials, he added.
The study appeared in the journal ACS Nano.
Source: Business Standard
STPI to anchor initiative that aims at nurturing 10 companies every year
Surabhi Agarwal | New Delhi June 05, 2014: After a host of initiatives by the private sector and some government agencies to provide boost to entrepreneurship in the country, the Centre is working on a proposal to incubate product companies specifically in the electronics sector.
The project titled the ‘Electropreneur Park’ is being anchored by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), which played a big role in incentivising and nurturing the IT services industry in its initial years.
As a part of the project, the government is planning to set up an incubation centre for electronics start-ups in the National Capital Region, with a target of nurturing 10 companies each every year over the next five years.
The proposal, which has been made by STPI in collaboration with the Delhi University and industry body India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), is close to being approved by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, according to government officials aware of the matter.
“The (incubation) centre aims at providing budding entrepreneurs with tools e that are generally very expensive,” said one of the officials, requesting not to be quoted.
The centre will not only provide the infrastructure but will also enable access to domain experts, mentors, shared consultants and services. It will also help innovators seek funding from foreign investors, venture capitalists and angel investors, added the official.
STPI has also proposed another incubation centre for companies working in the domain of fabless design or semi-conductor chip design in Bangalore. However, the NCR centre is closer to being approved, said another government official.
Under its National Electronics Policy, the government has launched various schemes to push domestic manufacturing of electronics. According to estimates, India would require $400 billion worth of electronics by 2020, most of which would be imported unless domestic manufacturing is not incentivised. It is feared that in that case, the country’s electronics import bill will exceed that of oil.
Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst at CyberMedia Research said that such a centre which has been specifically oriented towards electronics will enable building blocks for developing product technologies in the country. “The fact that experts from technical, academic and business will provide handholding to these entrepreneurs, it will make sure that the solutions being developed by them are robust and industry-friendly.”
A board comprising of all stakeholders such as the government and the industry as well as academia will short-list the candidates and run the programme.
In order to nurture the start-up ecosystem in the country, industry body Nasscom launched 10,000 Start-up Programmes a year ago. So far, the programme has processed over 700 applications.
Similarly, the Department of Science and Technology, Technopark Trivandrum and MobME Wireless have jointly promoted the Startup Village, which is a technology business incubator in Kochi. Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys, is the chief mentor at Startup Village.
Several industry executives are also promoting such ventures in their own way to ensure that the country’s technology industry moves up the value chain by creating its own intellectual property apart from just providing services.
The government of India set up the STPI in the early 1990s to provide support to the software exports sector, which was still in its infancy then. The body provided physical as well as technology infrastructure to software start-ups along with tax sops.
The deductions under the Income Tax act were phased out a few years ago after it was realized that the industry has attained a certain maturity. By repeating the software model for the product companies in the electronics sector, STPI will also be able to reinvent itself.
Source: Business Standard