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Manu Gulati Of Apple Joins Google To Build Processors


Internet search giant Google has hired Indian-origin engineer Manu Gulati, who was Apple’s chip architect for iPads and iPhones, to play a key role in building its upcoming flagship pixel phone, according to media reports.

Gulati’s LinkedIn profile mentions the same.

Gulati, who had worked at Apple for almost eight years as a micro-architect, announced the job change through LinkedIn. He is now the Lead SoC Architect for Google.

He has at least 15 Apple patents related to chip design under his belt and will be key in Google’s plan to build its own processors. Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that it can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones.

Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, he has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad. Apple currently builds its own smartphone processors but Google does not.

Apple’s newest A10X chips, for example, are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Qualcomm currently supplies its Snapdragon processor for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Google’s new hire could help the company differentiate Pixel from the many other smartphones by other vendors that run Android on Qualcomm (QCOM, -0.92 per cent) chips. And Gulati’s exit is seen as a set back for Apple (AAPL, -0.98 per cent), which has filed a number of chip-related patents that credit Gulati as an inventor.

Gulati’s LinkedIn profile says he is now Google’s lead SOC architect. SoC stands for system on a chip.

He has also been employed by Broadcom and AMD.

With Manu Gulati now part of its team, Google can have an edge over other companies while it comes as a significant blow to Cupertino-based Apple.

If Google begins building processors in house, like Apple, it would potentially cut down on Google’s reliance on Qualcomm.

Other firms, such as Huawei and Samsung, have also started to build chips in-house, allowing them to rely less on potential supply restraints from outside parties.

Manu Gulati had served Apple for almost 8 years.

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What Telcos Need To Do To Realize Their 5G & IoT Dreams


For 5G and IoT to take the desired shape, operators need to have the technology in place that not only deliver connectivity – but can also identify, prioritize and optimize data travelling over their networks.

Sameh Yamany, CTO, Viavi Solutions

2020 is the year, according to some, when the first 5G commercial networks could go live. For many telecoms operators 2020 can’t come soon enough. Why? That’s because there are billions of devices coming online thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be over 6.4 billion “connected things” worldwide. This year, it is estimated that 80 new “things” get connected every second and this number will be upward of 250 new “things’ per second in 2020. These connections are keeping many telecom operators up all night. Their networks will be the workhorse to deliver connectivity to these billions of IoT devices. And many operators are hoping that 5G could be the answer to their IoT prayers.

On a cloud 

IoT’s connectivity requirements are complex – and often contradictory. A surgeon performing a complex tele-surgery would require ultra-low latency and high reliability as would self-driving cars that need to pass data on roadside hazards within a matter of nanoseconds to avoid collisions. Contrast that with bandwidth-ravenous 4K video streaming applications that are not mission critical – but still requires the Quality of Experience treatment to ensure that subscribers are happy with the service. All three use cases require bespoke handling.

Operators need to have the technology in place that not only deliver connectivity – but can also identify, prioritize and optimize data travelling over their networks. 2020 might a few years away, but there are steps that operators can take to minimize – or even negate – potential issues.

A slice of cloud
When it comes to 5G and IoT connectivity, the concept of network slicing plays a crucial role. A network slice is a cloud-based network function that can be managed and programmed from the Radio Access Network (RAN). Think of network slicing as interconnected, multiple cloud deployments that deliver flexibility, agility and control. And thanks to network slicing, operators would be able to program individual aspects of network layers to meet the needs of different IoT devices.

To benefit from this level of flexibility and control, operators should consider Centralized-RAN (C-RAN). C-RAN simplifies cell sites as Baseband Processing Units (BBU) are moved to a centralized location to serve a larger number of remote radio units than a select few. C-RAN makes it simpler for the operator to deploy network slicing and control multiple clouds over a larger area. Along with C-RAN operators should also consider fiber-based front haul. Fiber, compared to conventional copper-based coax cables, has low link loss and delivers higher power and bandwidth connectivity – ideal for network slicing and IoT.

Cloud around the ecosystem
What steps can players on the IoT ecosystem take ahead of 5G? Firstly – this might sound like stating the bleeding obvious – ensure that devices and underlying systems are interoperable. Devices on the IoT ecosystem need to work seamlessly and be programmable across platforms and protocols.

Next, have the infrastructure in place to analyze and share the very high volumes of IoT data that would be generated from the billions of devices and sensors. Speed of analytics and data ingestion are all key considerations. Analytics from data clustering, deep machine learning and predictive analytics would add value not just to the ecosystem – but also to the users of IoT devices.

The Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack highlighted how vulnerable IoT devices can be to hacks and malware. Players across the ecosystem must collaborate and be transparent about the different aspects of securing IoT in a 5G world. Some key considerations include: identity and authentication across different network layers; security on control and user planes; vulnerabilities with beamforming and the impact of Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization (SDN/NFV) security. There is certainly a need to build robust security protocols that minimize – or ideally negates – the possibility of attack at every level within the IoT ecosystem.

Cloudy with a chance of IoT
So, can mobile operators – and their IoT partners – tame a multi-cloud 5G landscape or are they destined to get lost in the clouds? That would simply depend on the steps they take now and the technology they deploy. Act now to secure your 5G future.

By : Sameh Yamany, CTO, Viavi Solutions

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NIIT Appoints Genpact COO Sudhir Singh As CEO


Country’s premier IT teaching institute NIIT Technologies today announced to appoint Sudhir Singh as its new CEO. He will report to Arvind Thankur, current CEO and MD, and will be based out of the US.

Before joining NIIT, Sudhir was the COO of leading BPO firm Genapact for its IT Services & Capital Markets Business. He played a key role in the acquisition and subsequent integration of Headstrong Technologies between 2012-2014 as Sr. VP and Managing Director of the integrated Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets business.

NIIT said Sudhir joins at a time when the industry is undergoing a transition and the company is successfully transforming itself to embrace new opportunities around digital services.

Speaking on the appointment Arvind Thakur, CEO & Joint MD NIIT Technologies, said, “With his grounding in the consumer industry, experience across large and medium organizations, global exposure, understanding of multiple service lines, and involvement with M&A, Sudhir is ideally suited to take our company on to its next level of growth”.

He would be based in the US and shall report to Arvind Thakur. Arvind will transition his current CEO related responsibilities systematically to Sudhir during the year.

“I am delighted to be associated with NIIT, a brand which has contributed immensely to the growth of the IT industry, and be a part of NIIT Technologies which has taken all the right steps to transform and scale its digital business”, said Sudhir Singh. “I look forward to be a part of the company’s growth story as we address the very exciting and fast changing landscape of our industry”, he added.

Prior to Genpact, Sudhir spent close to a decade with Infosys in the US in various sales and client portfolio management roles as part of their Banking and Capital Markets Business leadership team. He founded and headed Infosys’ Global Payments and Cards Practice, and was an invitee to the Infosys Management Committee.

Sudhir started his career at Hindustan Lever (Unilever) in 1995. His six years at Levers included successful stints as a Senior Brand Manager and Sales Manager. He was a recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award for ‘exceptional performance’.

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Motorola Solutions Inducts Former EMC CEO Joe Tucci To Its Board

Joe Tucci elected to Motorola Solutions board of directors

Motorola Solutions Tuesday said it has elected Joe Tucci to its board of directors. Joseph M. Tucci or Joe Tucci as he is known popularly, had been the chairman and chief executive officer of EMC Corporation, till the storage giant was acquired by Dell, in one of the biggest acquisition in the technology history.

In EMC Tucci led the company through a dramatic transformation and revitalization, moving its business model from a focus on high-end storage platforms into a federation of businesses with leadership in information storage, protection and security, infrastructure virtualization and cloud management and orchestration.

He currently is co-chief executive officer and co-chairman of a Special Purpose Acquisition company, GTY Technology Holdings.

“Joe has decades of deep experience in the information technology sector,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Under his leadership, EMC grew impressively by organic means and through several very strategic acquisitions such as VMware. Additionally, Joe built one of the best enterprise sales forces in the country. I am thrilled to have him on our board.”

Tucci helped forge and guides the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and serves on the boards of Bridge Growth Partners; Paychex, Inc.; Columbia Business School; Northeastern University; Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the National Academy Foundation. He previously was chairman and CEO of Wang Global, was president of U.S. Information Systems for Unisys Corporation, and began his career as a systems programmer at RCA Corporation.

Joe Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University.

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“Sachin Always Wanted An Indian Brand Scale Global Heights” : Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder, Smartron


Q. Smartron is two years old now and you got two devices – the and, in the market. Now you launched your first phone – SRT Phone – this year. What are the learning in last two years?

Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder Chairman, Smartron

We knew from day one that we are taking a very challenging task of building India’s first platform based OEM brand in a market that is flooded with Chinese brands. Also India is a capital intensive market. We understood that. Its about time. We took a strong and bold stance and asked ourselves how we can leverage the same engineering talent that is being exploited by various companies. We wished to use the same talent to build a global Indian company. The first two years we spent on building our R&D and that’s how Smartron was born as a truly locally designed and engineered brand. Its a great achievement to develop 2 products from scratch in just two years, and we are proud of that. The last two years was all about R&D. The learnings for this year would be to focus more on sales and marketing.

Q.You talk so much about your R&D. Can you elaborate on that?

Last two years we spent 90% of our investment in R&D and 10% in everything else. We have grown from zero to 300 plus members in the organization and really focused on industrial design of the products. Whether a product is metal or non-metal is no big issue, but the overall finish of the products is amazing. There is a character, there is a language in our products. At the end of the day every device is a device but what the users care more about is the overall experience it offers to them.

The experience comes from the look and feel of the design, and then what comes is the strong back end TronX platform that we have developed for our products including the cloud based support system, the or the forum. As we are launching more and more products this year, you will see a lots of new and customised offerings for our users, some of them are at personal level that includes professional services, financial services, health services and many more. This will come with the new Smartron TronX 2.0 platform that will be launched later this year. You will see that we have developed a platform at par with Amazons of the world, Googles of the world. It integrates natural language processing, voice capabilities and great deal of human intelligence.

Q. On a organizational level what are the new things you are doing?

Well, besides continuously building our R&D strength, we started this year with all the long term actions. We got former Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha on board, then we acquire the 3G & 4G patent license from Qualcomm so that we get access to the top notch technologies. We could still have developed products without this licenses but we wanted the original technologies in its best shape to be used in our products, we wanted cutting edge technologies being developed by Qualcomm to be in our devices. This also helps us in getting first hand access to newer technologies. Third, we got on board Amit who headed Motorola India and played a significant role in re-establishing the brand in the country. So, I believe we are on the right track.

Q. Besides the devices, what are the other things being planned?

There are three things we are building. One, and the most important one, is the Smartron TronX core engine we have developed that aims to deliver a one of kind integrated services or you can call it experience. Its more into intelligent experience. The devices would predict what you need next, how you are going to behave in the future, and all this the platform understands by understanding you, from your past behavior, your usage pattern and your interactions with the machine or devices.

Second is the touch points or the devices. Then the third element will come little later that is build on IoT. It could be offering you your smart home or smart office, smart cities, retail, energy etc. So essentially, what we are planning to do is how we can, using our back end platform, provide these kind experiences to end users as well as enterprises, through our devices or touch points.For example, providing you a smart banking service, smart health services, smart automation. We have 8 verticals. Personal, smart home, smart health, smart utilities, automotive, infrastructure and agriculture.

Q. Is it just a Sachin branded smartphone or has he contributed to this SRT Phone in any way, may be in design, colour, specs or anything?

Its multifold. The whole concept of SRT Phone itself came from him. Its not like we went to him and suggested that we are going to bring a phone on your name, and can you be the ‘sales person’? Its the other way round. He is very passionate about India and he always wanted an Indian brand to scale the global heights. That’s why he got involved with us from the very beginning. He asked us how can we bring a device that can talk with my fans, my followers. He looked at two of our products and found they are high priced. So he said can we develop a device that can be a gift to his fans and it should be for masses and at the same time without compromising on the quality of the device or the performance of the device. That’s how the Smartron SRT Phone was born.

So if you look at the SRT Phone, it has not compromised on quality on the same bench mark that users have started associating with our brand. The kind of chip set we used, the top end of 600 series Snapdragon, you only see this in Rs 20,000 price category. Besides, the storage, the camera, the body, and then all the services of Smartron, we have not compromised with the quality at all. You can see that in all the benchmark tests, and it beats hands down all other devices in this category or a category a notch above. And that was the mandate from Sachin – the device should be for my fans and at the same time it should not compromise on quality. And then, the back cover idea has come from him. That’s why we build this phone with a detachable back cover so that his fans can use the special, Sachin-signature back covers on their phones.

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Hitachi India Appoints Bharat Kaushal As MD


Hitachi India today appointed of Bharat Kaushal as its new Managing Director. With this Bharat becomes the first Indian to head Hitachi India’s operations. He replaced Kojin Nakakita who has been elevated as Chairman of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. and Hitachi Asia Ltd.

The new appointment will be effective from 1st June 2017.

Bharat is currently serving as Chairman in India of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). He is the first non-Japanese to be appointed as SMBC India’s CEO and served the role between 2012 and 2015.

In his new role, Bharat will focus on promoting Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in India. Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business resolves issues faced by society and customers by combining advanced IT with operational technology (OT) and products/systems, allowing us to provide total solutions.

Hitachi India was declared the 5th regional headquarter for Hitachi in 2011. Other key management areas outside Japan are China, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. Hitachi Group in India operates in diverse verticals including information and communication systems, industrial systems like water, oil and gas supply and management, transportation and urban development systems.

Speaking on the appointment, Kojin Nakakita said, “The management at Hitachi unanimously believed in the decision of appointing an Indian to lead the company’s ambitious and challenging mandate. India is a strategic and emerging market for us. Bharat is ideally credentialed to drive Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in India. We feel his experience in promoting cross-border business relationships between Japanese and Indian Government and companies is a unique leverage. We are extremely confident of Bharat’s leadership and pioneering vision and I will personally support him in driving our business to achieve unprecedented growth.”

Commenting on his new remit, Bharat Kaushal said, “It is a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading a company with an iconic legacy. I will aim at aggressively expanding Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by building on the core ethos of the company. I look forward to being part of an already winning team and taking Hitachi to new heights by contributing to improvement of customers and the society.”

Bharat has over 25 years of industry experience specializing in macroeconomic policy, Government advisory, project finance, debt restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a member of the Indo-Japan Task Force (IJTF) set-up by the two Governments and is the Convenor of the Financial Strategy Group to address policy as well as operational level concerns of Japanese Government and private sector institutions pursuing business opportunities in India.

Bharat has worked with SMBC for 20 years. While the greater part of his career has been in investment banking, he also served successful assignments as Strategy Advisor to the India Investment Center, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and as part of the Economic Policy Unit of the World Bank in Washington DC.

Bharat is an alumnus of Columbia University, where he pursued a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) and Northeastern University where he secured a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi.

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IESA Appoints Ashwini K Aggarwal As Chairman

Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), today appointed Ashwini K Aggarwal, Director, Applied Materials, India as its new Chairman of the Board of Director & Executive Committee effective immediately. Ashwini succeeds K Krishna Moorthy, who will continue as an advisor to the board.

The association also appointed Anil kumar Muniswamy as the new Vice Chairman with Rajesh Krishnan, VP, Memory Solutions, Samsung Semiconductor India Research serving as the new Treasurer.

Ashwini joined IESA’s board in 2015. Prior to being named Chairman, he served as member of the board of Electronics Sector Skills Council and member/chair of various industry Special Interest Groups.

A veteran of the electronics industry for more than three decades, Aggarwal, is known for his global business, industry and operational expertise. He spent eighteen years as an executive at Hewlett- Packard Company, in various capacities including Country Sales, Country Marketing and Product Management. Aggarwal currently is the Director-Government Affairs at Applied Materials India and has been working on various industry enabling projects.

Speaking about his current role at IESA, Ashwini Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA said, “As a member of the IESA board, I have been inspired by the association’s ability to push the boundaries of industry networking, create enabling innovations and policies that drive the Indian Electronics Systems and Design ecosystem forward.” He further added, “I am honored to serve as Chairman and would like to thank Krishna Moorthy for his many contributions to IESA and the Indian ESDM industry during a benchmark performance year.”

“Ashwini brings deep knowledge of the high value electronics industry, as well as strong industry and governance experience, to lead the board during one of the most exciting periods of innovation and growth in our industry’s history”, said M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

“Our priorities this year will be to consolidate the increasing traction on Make in India, nurture the emerging green shoots of the startups and entrepreneurs and build on ground activation for talent development and innovation,” shared Ashwini. “We look forward to working with the Central and State governments, our industry members, entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders in India and abroad- to bring India on the radar of being a manufacturing hub at a global level,” added Mr. Ashwini Aggarwal.

The IESA Executive Council will also see the appointment of three new members; Vivek Sharma, Managing Director, STMicroelectronics; Jitendra Chaddah, Director, Operations and Strategic Relations, Intel India and Rajeev Khushu, Director, Corporate Affairs of Texas Instruments. A team of 12 senior Industry leaders will collectively work to deliver on-ground activation for enabling innovation, investment and industry.

IESA has been instrumental in working with the central and state governments to bring out favorable policies to enable Indian electronics and semiconductor sector by driving numerous initiatives to bring awareness in the policy makers and working closely with them to help the industry overcome impediments for growth.

IESA has also been aggressively working towards new government initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-up India’ and ‘Digital India’ and has given valuable consultations to international companies who have shown interest to set-up electronics facilities in India. The executive council will continue working towards achieving the vision laid down collectively by the association member community.

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Infosys Appoints Ravi Venkatesan As Co-chairman


The Infosys management on Thursday appointed Ravi Venkatesan as Co-chairman of the Board. This was decided at a meeting held on 13 April, 2017 and announced along with company’s Q4 results announcement.

“Ravi will help me enhance the board engagement in supporting the Management in execution of company’s strategy”, said R. Seshasayee, Chairman of the Board.

Ravi Venkatesan has been on the board of Infosys since April 2011 and has made valuable contribution to the development of strategic direction of the company during his tenure.

“This is an exciting time for the technology industry and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Sesh (Seshasayee) and with Vishal (Sikka) and his leadership team in their transformational journey”, said Ravi Venkatesan, Co-Chairman.

As far as Infosys results for FY 2017 are concernend, the IT major garnered revenues of Rs 68,484 crore registering a growth of 9.7% over the previous fiscal.

The net profit of the company for the fiscal was Rs 14,353 crore showing a growth of 6.4% over the previous year.

On quarterly terms Infosys’ revenues for Q4, 2017 was Rs 17,120 crore showing a Q-o-Q decline of 0.9% but a Y-o-Y increase of 3.4%. For the same period the net profit of the Indian IT major was Rs 3,603 crore which was down by 28% on a quarterly basis.

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Acer Appoints Chandana Gupta As Associate Director Of Consumer Sales


PC company Acer India today announced the appointment of Chandana Guptta as new Associate Director for its consumer sales division. She, along with her team, is entrusted with responsibility to strengthen and grow the consumer business in India.

Before joining the company, Chandana, with more than 23 years of experience in the IT industry, was working with Lenovo India as Head – Consumer Distribution Sales, where she was heading T1 and T2 distribution channel for Lenovo PC products in India.

“It gives me immense pleasure to welcome her to the team as our Associate Director for Sales. I am sure she is going to take Acer to new heights and prove to be a very dynamic leader in the organization,” said Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India.

Chandana Gupta, excited to be part of the team said “I am delighted to join Acer and start an exciting chapter in my career, it is only been few days and I could already see the vision, energy and determination of the team. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and lead the team to drive the consumer business to even greater success”

R. Jeganath, Chief Sales Officer, Acer India, also commented on the appointment said, “I believe Chandana has brought along a great deal of experience and learning, which is going to benefit the organization in the long run. I welcome Chandana to the Acer family and hope that her tenure with us is going to be a long and successful one”.

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Ola Appoints Badri Raghavan As Chief Data Scientist


Cab service provider Ola on Thursday appointed Badri Raghavan as its chief data scientist who will integrate machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics to the firm’s cab-haling platform.

Ola said Badri, a data scientist with over 20 years of experience, will also lead a world class Data Science team with cutting edge training in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Analysis, Pattern Recognition and related areas. This team will work across various business units and departments, to gain operational and business efficiencies, ranging from demand and supply prediction, driver behavior and performance management, location Intelligence, to name a few.

“As a company that holds vast database of drivers, customers and every single trip that takes place on its platform, Ola’s business is deeply rooted in data science and in drawing valuable insights to build innovative solutions, that resonate with the needs of Indian consumers and driver partners alike,” the company said in a statement.

Prior to Ola, Badri was the Chief Data Scientist and Founding CTO of FirstFuel Software, a leading energy and utilities analytics firm based out of Boston. Not only did Badri steer the development of the breakthrough energy analytics applications at FirstFuel, but he was also instrumental in establishing the overall technology vision and driving the firm’s growth in significant ways across three rounds of venture funding from leading VCs.

Badri was also working with IBM Research in New York as the Associate Director, Energy and Utility Analytics, where he helped set a framework for IBM’s analytics driven Smart Grid applications. Badri has worked in FICO for nearly a decade in leadership roles in analytics, product and operations. He was part of the founding team at FICO Bangalore, where he conceptualized, built and executed the strategy to develop Centre for Decision Analytics.

“Ola is moving on a much larger scale towards building technology based on deep insight into the Indian psyche, and for this, Big Data is a must. With a rich vein of expertise in data science and machine learning, Badri fits perfectly into Ola’s vision of building ground-up technology solution based on deep understanding of our customers, and build world-class innovative solutions,” said Ankit Bhati, CTO and co-founder at Ola.

“Badri’s experience in the field of Data Science across multiple domains will play a key role in driving Ola’s next phase of innovation based on richer and deeper understanding of Indian consumer behaviour and serve their mobility needs,” the company added.

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