Category — Electronic

Delphi Expands its Chennai Technical Center in India

Autocar Professional interviewed Chris Reider, vice-president, Global Engineering Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Delphi, on the company’s operations, growth dynamics and the business opportunity that is India.

Here are some excerpts…

On benefits for Delphi in expanding the Chennai Technical Center

Reider: The Chennai facility has become one of our key hubs for global product development and manufacturing to support our connection systems business worldwide. This is a technical center we rely on globally and, importantly, it is setting us up for future growth with local Original Equipment Manufacturers. With this capability, we can localize our development as well as manufacturing of products.

On the growth opportunity in India for Delphi’s connection systems business

Reider: We see opportunity in all our electrical architecture business. We have a broad portfolio of products, particularly in connection systems, housing and terminals. We also anticipate (new business in) high-speed cable assemblies, communication and infotainment systems which will be localizing here in India.

On how much India contributes to Delphi’s global operations

Reider: India is a long-term strategic market for us in engineering. It is a unique place where we have an opportunity to grow revenues with the local market but also leverage the capabilities that we have in India in terms of universities aligning with our business.
We are continuing to invest in our people, infrastructure, manufacturing processes and particularly in our core competencies in India. We are leveraging Indian capabilities and it will pay dividends for us in terms of our global growth.

On how India compared to other Asian markets

Reider: India is a little behind countries like China, which is moving faster in its evolution in terms of high-end premium vehicles. I am optimistic about the growth of the Indian market. There will be a number of external factors which influence the rate of growth in India. Government regulations and infrastructure in the economy will decide how fast the automotive market will grow. I am excited about the future in India – it will bring tremendous challenges but great opportunities too.

 

 

April 13, 2016   No Comments

India’s Attero Seeks to Recycle E-Waste in U.S.

Latin for “waste”, Attero is India’s largest electronic asset management company which promotes eco-friendly reuse and recycling of electronics. The e-waste recycler and metal extraction company, aims to turn waste into sustainable resources.

Founded by Nitin Gupta in 2008 just after he had finished his MBA from New York University, the company, situated in Noida near New Delhi, has patented a technology which helps remove precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium from electronic waste, such as circuit boards and mobile phones, among others. Attero claims its technology can remove more than 10 precious metals found in used electronics without releasing hazardous chemicals back into the environment reports cips.org.

E-waste

E-Waste

According to Forbes, Attero has won the backing of U.S. investors such as the International Finance Corporation and Draper Fisher Jurvetson to help it expand into the U.S.

Attero’s move into the U.S. market would be the first time the country has its own facilities for extracting precious metals from components such as circuit boards. Currently most U.S. circuit boards are recycled in Europe, Asia and Canada.

April 11, 2016   No Comments

MIT Postdoc from India Innovates for the Visually Impaired

Dr. Rohan Paul, a computer science graduate of  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Rhodes scholar in Oxford where he received a Ph.D.in mobile robotics, and a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs, has changed the life of thousands of visually impaired people in India by his innovative SmartCane.

The SmartCane has its genesis as a student project at IIT Delhi when Paul decided he wanted to create an affordable obstacle detection system for blind people. He began by simply asking them what they needed, which was safety, affordability and ease of use, reports The Wall Street Journal.

After returning from Oxford he began refining the device.  Describing it, Paul says, “It is a sleek handle-shaped attachment which fits on the traditional white cane the visually challenged already carry. It sends out vibrations of different kinds to alert the users.”

The device costs $50  whereas comparable devices globally cost upwards of $1,000. Additionally, while the traditional white cane can detect only low hanging objects from a distance of 1.6 feet, the SmartCane can detect both low and above-knee-level objects from a distance of 9.8 feet.

Using the SmartCane

Using the SmartCane

Paul adds, “When we tested it in 2012 we saw users had 95 percent fewer collisions. We released it as a product in early 2014. The SmartCane is already in the hands of about 10,000 people. Our aim is to help one million or more worldwide.

It is a ‘people’s product’a humble tribute to the Mahatma, who inspired innovators to harness science and technology for the masses.”

The device is manufactured and distributed through a partnership of three entities: the Saksham Trust, a Delhi-based nonprofit, manufacturer Phoenix Medical Systems and the Indian Institute of Technology, where Dr. Paul co-founded the Assistive Technologies Laboratory.

Rohan Paul has the honor of being one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under-35 for 2015.

March 27, 2016   No Comments

Visteon to Acquire India-based AllGo Systems

Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, global automotive cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corporation will acquire Bangalore-based AllGo Systems, a developer of embedded multimedia system solutions for global vehicle manufacturers. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2016. Terms were not disclosed, reports WTOC.

Visteon Logo

“AllGo’s strong position in multimedia and smartphone connectivity software adds greater scale and depth to Visteon’s infotainment software capabilities,” said Sachin Lawande, Visteon president and CEO. “AllGo’s ready-to-use IP provides automotive manufacturers with a turnkey software-on-chip (SoC) solution to cost-effectively introduce smartphone and mobile applications from the vehicle’s audio head unit.”

“We are looking forward to joining Visteon at this exciting time in the company’s growth in the connected technology space,” said K. Srinivasan, director and CEO, AllGo Systems. “With our production-proven middleware and Visteon’s expertise in automotive infotainment solutions, the two companies have a strong strategic fit that will enable us to expand our global market share in the connected display radio market.”

January 17, 2016   No Comments

Mainstream Video Game with India Story releases tomorrow

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. the multinational video game developer and publisher, headquartered in Montreuil, France will release the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, tomorrow,  on January 12, for PS4, Xbox One and PCs, reports PC Gamer.

Ubisoft said in a blog post that this version of the console game is set in 1841 India when tensions are coming to a head between the Sikh Empire and the British East India Company. The Templars apparently have some role in it all, but you, as the Assassin Arbaaz Mir, are more focused on stopping them from stealing the Koh-i-Noor Diamond, while at the same time trying to protect your friends and your lover, Princess Pyara Kaur.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

The part of the game in a cavern comes complete with timed traps, unstable platforms, and a score determined by how quickly you can make it through alive. It also has its share of patrolling Sikh guards, who can be avoided, stealth-assassinated, fought, or – if you time your movements just right – crushed by the numerous platforms, chunks of wall and hanging stalactites that give way shortly after you grab or step on them.

“There is a narrative link” between the three games of the Assassin’s Creed Trilogy, says Xavier Penin, Lead Game Designer at Ubisoft Partners. “As [the games] have to be independent, it’s not huge. It’s not central, but it’s there, especially for the fans. And if you finish Russia, and you’ve played the other two, there’s a special ending that’s really interesting for the fans and ties the Chronicles together.”

January 7, 2016   No Comments