Category — Innovation(RnD)

Arrow Electronics to Acquire India-Based eInfochips

Centennial CO-headquartered Arrow Electronics entered into a definitive agreement to acquire product engineering and software R&D services company eInfochips Ltd, headquartered both in Ahmedabad, India and San Jose, California. After the acquisition, which is likely to close this month, eInfochips will act as a fully-owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics.

Pratul Shroff, founder and CEO of eInfochips said, “This [acquisition] brings a $23.8 billion revenue Fortune 118 corporation to Ahmedabad, Gujarat – which is a matter of immense pride to all of us at eInfochips.” He added that the deal will allow the company to leverage synergies between its engineering capabilities and digital offerings with Arrow’s electronics and enterprise products and solutions, and digital operations, including in IoT.

Computer Chip

“Upon close of this acquisition, eInfochips advances our IoT strategy, expands our offerings, and moves us into the rapidly growing IoT services market. This acquisition adds over 1,500 IoT solution architects, engineers, and software development resources to Arrow’s already leading position in IoT design services,” said Michael J. Long, chairman and chief executive officer at Arrow.

January 9, 2018   No Comments

European Researcher Concludes that Vedas Improve Brain Function

Among India’s ancient learning methods, textual memorization is the norm: traditional scholars (“pundits”), master many different types of Sanskrit poetry from the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Pundits train for years to orally memorize and exactly these texts ranging  over 100,000 words.

Dr. James Hartzell, a postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, in Spain, entered the cognitive neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Trento, Italy in 2011, to study whether there were cognitive benefits from exercising verbal memory. He says that through the India-Trento Partnership for Advanced Research, “we recruited professional Vedic pundits in the Delhi region; then we used structural magnetic resonance imaging at India’s National Brain Research Center to scan the brains of pundits and controls matched for age, gender, handedness, eye-dominance and multilingualism.”

A man reciting mantras at the bank of a river

The study found something specific about intensive verbal memory training: the pundits’ right hippocampus—a region of the brain that plays a vital role in both short and long-term memory—had more gray matter than controls across nearly 75 percent of this subcortical structure. The pundits also showed substantially thickening of right temporal cortex regions that are associated with speech prosody and voice identity.

Hartzell wonders if the substantial increase in the gray matter of critical verbal memory organs means they are less prone to Alzheimer’s, and if so, this raises the possibility that verbal memory “exercising‘ or training might help elderly people at risk of mild cognitive impairment retard or, even more radically, prevent its onset.  The study was published in the scientific journal, Neuroimage

January 6, 2018   No Comments

Startups in India’s Defense Sector Forge Ahead

With the Government of India permitting 100 percent foreign direct investment in India’s defense industry, many startups in India’s private sector have started to design technologies that can be used in manufacturing defense equipment.

Bangalore-based Aadyah Aerospace builds electro-mechanical actuators, control actuation systems and electro-optics systems for missiles and launch vehicles.

Since military equipment can’t always be tested on the field, CM Envirosystems, another Bangalore-based startup designs and manufactures environmental test chambers which simulate real environmental conditions. The company provided these environmental test systems for Agni, India’s ballistic missiles program.

A smartphone with Start Up displayed on it

Samhams Technologies, ideaForge and Omnipresent Robotics are creating better quality drones that can be used in cloudy and foggy environs.

Entrepreneur says that biotech engineer Leo Mavely, founder of Axio realized the importance of the untapped healthcare market in the defense sector. His product Axiostat is a sterile, single-use haemostatic dressing intended to be used for temporary control of moderate to severe bleeding of wounds. Malvey added that the company has supplied these dressings to one hundred battalions in India, and have also shipped around 350,000 units worldwide.

Bangalore-based Tonbo Imaging makes digital imaging systems for equipment such as guns, unmanned aerial vehicles, and battle tanks. It earns nearly 80% of its revenues from the Indian defense services. This startup specializes in products such as advanced night-vision cameras, fire control systems, and advanced weaponry through “nature-inspired technology.”

December 29, 2017   No Comments

Indian Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Detect Breast Cancer

NIRAMAI, an acronym for Non-Invasive Risk Assessment with Machine Intelligence, uses thermography and machine learning to detect early signs of breast cancer. Founders of Bangalore-based startup Niramai Health Analytix, Dr. Geetha Manjunath, a PhD in computer science and Nidhi Mathur an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, developed an AI-led diagnostic platform that uses patented thermal image processing and machine learning algorithms for reliable and accurate breast cancer screening.

Cancer Screening Images by Niramai

Cancer Screening Images by Niramai

This method of screening can detect tumors 5 years before mammography or a clinical exam can. The portable and  screening tool, called SMILE, has been tested on data from 300 patients, and results indicate an accuracy comparable to current diagnostics available. The AI and ML algorithms for the analysis of thermal images have resulted in 2 granted U.S. patents and many more patent applications.

“Our method of breast cancer screening can detect tumors 5 times smaller than what clinical exams can detect, is painless, non-contact and free of any radiation, apart from being low-cost, and universally accessible. With our solution, women of all age groups can undergo frequent screening without any side-effects. We are addressing a huge breast cancer screening market with the equipment market alone expected to reach $4.14 billion by 2021,” says Niramai.

December 18, 2017   No Comments

Alphabet’s X Will Provide Internet to Rural Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet Inc’s X research division said that the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India will buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.

Andhra Pradesh currently has a population of 53 million  people, of which only 15 million have access to the internet, and its government wants to connect an additional 12 million households by 2019. This partnership will also boost the state’s digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and difficult terrain, forest areas, river crossings, and railway crossings.

Map of Andhra Pradesh

Map of Andhra Pradesh

 

2,000 boxes  will be installed as far as 12 miles apart on posts and roofs to bring a fast internet connection to populated areas. Reuters reports that X plans to deploy free space optical technology which transmits data through light beams at up to 20 gigabits per second between the rooftop boxes.

Baris Erkmen, who is leading the effort inside X, said his team is “piloting a new approach” to overcome the challenges, but he did not specify the software and hardware advancements. X plans to set up a local office with the help of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in order to provide real time support to the project.

December 15, 2017   No Comments