Infosys recognized as a Leader in Software Testing by NelsonHall

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services has been evaluated as a Leader in Software Testing by NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation & Assessment Tool (NEAT). Infosys was recognized as a leader for its ability to deliver immediate benefits and meet future client requirements. In addition to Overall market segment, Infosys was recognized as a leader in the Digital Focus and Efficiency Focus markets segments.

NelsonHall analyzes the performance of vendors offering software testing services and assesses their capabilities across a range of criteria and business situations, and identifies the best performing vendors in the software testing segment. The report evaluated 24 leading outsourcers that are active across multiple markets in specific focus areas (market segments) including Digital Focus, Consulting Focus, Efficiency Focus, Pure-Play Focus, and Transformation Focus.

According to the report, NelsonHall estimates that 40 percent of Infosys’ testing revenues come from software development, systems integration, application maintenance and support bundled with testing contracts, while 60 percent comes from standalone contracts.

According to the report, the financial services sector has been the largest adopter for software testing, representing 38 percent of global spending. NelsonHall reports that the global software testing spending was $38.2bn in 2015, and is estimated to grow to $42.8bn by 2020 (3% CAGR).

India-US collaboration a vital enabler in accelerating clean energy finance: Ratul Puri

With more than $150 billion investments required to meet India’s renewable energy plans over the next six years, Mr Ratul Puri, chairman, Hindustan Powerprojects, today talked of India-US partnership as a critical enabler in accelerating clean energy finance. Speaking during the CII-Indiaspora Dialogue “Mission 2022” at New Delhi, today, Mr Puri, outlined the key areas where both countries can extend their partnership and expand cooperation in the field of renewable energy. “This is going to be a vital enabler to make India’s renewable program successful. Indian debt markets do not have the depth to finance India’s renewable build out”, Puri noted.

India is set to contribute more than any other country to the projected rise in global energy demand, around one-quarter of the total. Even so, energy demand per capita in 2040 is still 40% below the world average. According to reports, the country requires an investment of ~ $2.8 trillion in energy infrastructure – 2/3 of it into the energy value chain and the balance into energy efficiency.
“Further, with an installed capacity of 44 GW of renewable (8 Mw solar and 36MW wind and others) and a target of 175 GW by 2022, India presents one of the largest investments opportunities in the renewable space. The total investment needed to achieve this target exceeds USD 150 Billion, Mr Puri further noted.

Talking of opportunities in Smart Grids and storage, Mr Puri said that key challenge in renewable energy is in addressing the variability of generation. Technology can play a major role is addressing this problem. A combination of low cost storage combined with smart grids and the internet of things can help manage supply and demand. A rapid implementation of these technologies is vital to making India’s renewable program viable and successful.

Mr Puri said that innovation across the energy spectrum—supply, storage, conversion, consumption, etc.—will drive improved sustainability. “US with its advanced technology know how especially in the area of storage can provide valuable boost to the Indian government’s thrust to achieve its ambitious but doable target of 175 GW”, said Mr Puri.

US Postal Service to release a Diwali stamp commemorating the festival of lights

Indian Americans rejoice as 15 years of advocacy bears fruit

The USPS announced the official release of a forever postage stamp commemorating the festival of Diwali, an important festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all around the world. The stamp will be released on a first-day ceremony hosted by the Indian Consulate on October 5th in New York City.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a leading figure advocating for the stamp, held a celebratory event marking this historic occasion and lauded prominent Indian Americans in the New York City area, Ravi and Ranju Batra of the Diwali Stamp Project for envisioning a Diwali Stamp in the US and leading a campaign for it.

Co-chair of the India Caucus and the only Indian American in the US Congress, Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) said in a statement, “I am thrilled that the United States Postal Service has issued a stamp to celebrate Diwali…Nearly a billion people around the world celebrate this Festival of Lights, including two million right here in the U.S., and this stamp represents the hard work and achievements of all Indian Americans.”

Dr. Shailendra Kumar, an Indian American physician based in Maryland, played an early role in initiating this cause in 2001. In 2007, the US Congress officially recognized Diwali’s significance, and in 2009, President Barack Obama lit the symbolic diya, or Diwali lamp, at the White House. Activists Ravi and Ranju Batra in 2013 succeeded in gathering over 400,000 online signatures calling for the stamp. And in 2015, Senate India Caucus co-chairs Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Resolution 113, calling for a Diwali Stamp in the U.S. Community engagement, online petitions and social media interactions built up critical momentum to lead to eventual success.

Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC welcomed the release of the Diwali Stamp saying, ‘The Indian American community has had a sustained positive impact on the culture and traditions of the US. Elements of all major religions find expression here and it is indeed momentous that finally Diwali too, which is part of Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, has been recognized and commemorated by the USPS.”

CES Celebrates 50 Years of Tech

The world’s leading innovation event commemorates 50 years as the launch pad for breakthrough technology

CES® 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading innovation event, cementing CES’ place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards released (2002), as well as more recent technologies – consumer 3D printers, tablets and 4K Ultra HD Television. CES has also driven the market growth in pioneering technologies such as autonomous cars and drones. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the 50th anniversary of CES will celebrate the evolution of the industry January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

“Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we have made along the way. This anniversary is the perfect milestone to thank and celebrate our incredible industry partners and the individuals and companies who have been with us for five decades.”

The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City, attracted approximately 17,500 attendees and featured 117 exhibitors demonstrating products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV. Top companies exhibiting at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG). Several prominent tech leaders have presented keynotes at CES, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, and Samsung.

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space and more than 165,000 attendees. A truly global show, CES expects more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.

Today, CES continues as the proving ground for innovators and has expanded to feature industries not traditionally connected to consumer tech. The show now touches every major industry as leaders from the entire innovation ecosystem come together to discover and experience the latest trends and network with peers. CES is where titans of tech mix with next generation disruptors and where esteemed and highly sought after global leaders take the keynote stage to tout disruptive technology and envision new trends and markets.

CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary before, during and after CES 2017 by:

Sharing flashback photos and news from the past 50 years.
Providing attendees badge ribbons to denote the number of CES shows attended (in five year increments).
Providing exhibitors and attendees with 40+ years at the show will wear 50th anniversary lapel pins.
Selling 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirts will be available in the CTA Center.
Holding special ceremonies will be on opening day.
Providing signage illustrating the timeline of Innovation Award products (in the Innovation Showcase).
Giving a special tribute to CES Founder Jack Wayman.
Featuring a digital timeline on CES.tech detailing the history of CES.
Buzzing social channels with celebration and commemoration

The celebration will not end on January 8 – a retrospective documentary of CES will be released in June 2017. Registration opens on September 6. For more information on CES 2017, visit CES.tech.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is “CES®.” Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” or “International CES” to refer to the event.

Ultra-Low-Consumption Power Supplies in Smart Home and Industrial Applications

STMicroelectronics has introduced a high-voltage power converter that allows designers to build an ultra-low-consumption, simple, and cost-effective SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supply) with a 5V output voltage. Particularly suited for low-power applications in home appliances, building, lighting, and motion control, as well as small industrial and consumer applications, the VIPER01 operates directly from a rectified mains supply and integrates an 800V avalanche-rugged Power MOSFET with PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) current-mode control and multiple protection circuits. The converter is tailored to provide the auxiliary supply to microcontrollers in IoT devices that are permanently connected to the Internet or a local network.

The new device belongs to the VIPerPlusTM family of high-voltage converters, now in its second generation, and exploits ST’s proprietary BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) technology. BCD allows the integration in a single chip of a high-performance PWM controller with a high-voltage logic-level control transistor, protection and diagnostic circuitry, without significantly impacting the robustness and reliability of the power transistor.

The VIPER01 enables designers to meet the most stringent energy-saving standards[1], as it has very low power consumption and switches automatically to pulse frequency modulation under light load conditions. It can be used in fly-back, buck, and buck-boost converter topologies, while the integrated high-voltage start-up, sense-FET, error amplifier, and oscillator with jitter allow a complete application to be designed with the minimum number of external components.

Key features of the VIPER01 include:

800 V avalanche-rugged Power MOSFET allowing ultra-wide VAC input range;
Embedded HV start-up and sense-FET;
Current mode PWM controller;
Drain current limit protection;
Wide supply-voltage range from 4.5V to 30V;
Self-supply option allows auxiliary winding or bias components to be removed;
Jittered switching frequency reduces the EMI filter cost;
Embedded error amplifier with 1.2V reference voltage;
Protections with automatic restart include overload/short-circuit, line or output OVP, maximum duty cycle counter, VCC clamp;
Embedded thermal shutdown;
Built-in soft-start for improved system reliability.

The VIPER01 comes with a set of tools including evaluation kits, application notes, and spice models to jumpstart more robust, safer, and cost-effective SMPS designs.

VIPER01 is available now in volume at a price of US$ 0.364 for 1,000 units.

For further information please visit www.st.com/viperplus

STMicroelectronics Reveals Ultra-Tiny Low-Dropout Regulator in Breakthrough Bumpless Chip-Scale Package

STMicroelectronics has introduced the LDBL20, a 200mA Low-Dropout (LDO) regulator in a minuscule 0.47mm x 0.47mm x 0.2mm chip-scale package that is ideal for wearable and portable devices and for flexible electronics such as multifunction connected smart cards.

The LDBL20’s bumpless STSTAMP™ package breaks through the minimum I/O-area and height limitation imposed by the diameter of traditional flip-chip solder bumps, enabling unprecedentedly small footprints and low mounted heights. The LDBL20 extends ST’s family of compact LDOs, which includes devices from 2mm x 2mm DFN to a 0.69mm x 0.69mm CSP with 300mA output.

In addition to its size advantage, the LDBL20 is an outstanding performer. The 200mA output makes it as powerful as larger devices from other manufacturers. The input voltage can range from 1.5V to 5.5V, with 200mV typical dropout. Rejection (PSRR) of 80dB at 100Hz and 50dB at 100kHz simplifies filtering over a wide frequency range to provide a stable rail for low-power circuitry in battery-operated applications. Quiescent current of 20µA no-load, 100µA full-load, and 0.3µA in standby help maximize efficiency under all operating conditions.

A wide range of output voltages is available on request, from 0.8V up to 5.0V in 50mV increments. Designers can also take advantage of built-in features of the LDBL20, which include logic-controlled electronic shutdown, internal soft-start, and support for active output-voltage discharge if required.

An evaluation board for the LDBL20, STEVAL-ISB034V1, is also available, which assists design-in to a wide range of products such as fitness and blood-pressure monitors, glucose meters, hearing aids, wearable sensors, smart headphones, portable audio devices, smart plugs, smart watches, and smartcards.

The LDBL20 is in production now, priced from $0.25 for orders of 1,000 pieces.

For further information please visit the product information page at www.st.com.

The Document Foundation and the FSFE strengthen their relationship

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE, https://fsfe.org) is joining the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation. At the same time, The Document Foundation is becoming an associated organisation of the FSFE (https://fsfe.org/associates/associates.en.html).

The Free Software Foundation Europe’s aim is to help people control technology instead of the other way around. However, this is a goal which no single organisation can achieve on its own. Associated organizations are entities that share the FSFE’s vision and support the foundation and Free Software in general by encouraging people to use and develop Free Software, by helping organisations understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency and self-determination, and by removing barriers to Free Software adoption.

With this mutual expression of support, both organisations strengthen each other in their effort to keep the general public in the technological driver seat. While the FSFE embodies the principles of the community movement working in pro of the adoption of Free Software in companies, public administrations and for private citizens, The Document Foundation turns principles and ethics into actual products, putting a first class, full-featured, but completely free productivity suite in the hands of users.

“We are happy to welcome the Free Software Foundation Europe as a member of our Advisory Board. Together, we will be able to further develop the adoption of Free Software in Europe, amongst public administrations and enterprises”, said Eike Rathke, a Director of The Document Foundation and a long time Free Software advocate and hacker.

“We believe it is important to join forces with all the organisations active in Free Software around Europe,” said Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe, “and work together to reach our common goals. With our associated organisations we want to show that we are a strong and cohesive movement, and we work to achieve common objectives. To do this, we exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, motivate each other, and find opportunities to work together on specific projects. This is the case with The Document Foundation, steward of one of the most successful Free Software projects: LibreOffice”.

Several members of The Document Foundation will join FSFE Summit 2016 in Berlin, from September 2 to September 4, to celebrate FSFE 15th anniversary (https://fsfe.org/community/events/2016/summit/frontpage.en.html).