Kumar Sivarajan named tech visionary; Verismo's internet TV device named best product by ISA

TechOnline India - February 24, 2010

ISA names Kumar Sivarajan tech visionary, lists electronic products award winners

Bangalore, India: The India Semiconductor Association (along with U.K. Trade and Investment) has conferred the TechnoVisionary award for 2010 on Kumar N Sivarajan, co-founder and chief technology officer, Tejas Networks.

In the area of optical networking over the last nine years, Sivarajan has contributed vastly to the design, architecture and development of a slew of next-gen SDH SONET and Carrier Ethernet products that allow telecom carriers to integrate voice, data and intelligent network management on a single network. Kumar was instrumental in Tejas being one of the first companies in the world to have developed and deployed standards compliant Carrier Ethernet-over-SDH SONET. Sivarajan is responsible for setting the technology and product direction for Tejas Networks.

Prior to Tejas, he was an associate professor in the Electrical Communication Engineering Department, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Before this, he has also worked with the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York.

Sivarajan is co-author of the textbook `Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective' published in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, and the 2004 Global Indus Technovator Award from the India Business Club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Fortescue Fellowship and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Baker Prize Paper Award.

Sivarajan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Madras and a Ph. D. from the California Institute of Technology.

This year's awards, 'Technovation 2010 - Celebrating Excellence in Electronics' had been constituted with an aim to recognize role models and excellence in not just the semiconductor but also the greater electronics ecosystem " covering the whole electronics value chain. Technovation Awards 2010 acknowledges, recognises and honours India's best individual contributors and companies and provides them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes.

Here are the other awards for individuals and in product categories.

TechnoMentors - Academia: Shanti Pavan

A professor of electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Pavan did his M.S. and Ph.D from Columbia University, New York. He is a well-known authority in his subject and has mentored several students in the field of analog/mixed signal design.

He has been teaching and conducting research in the analog area since 2002, before which he worked on microwave IC design at Big Bear Networks, California. He graduated with a D.Sc from Columbia University in 1999, where he was affiliated with the Columbia Integrated Systems Laboratory. During his doctorate, a big chunk of the thesis work was done at Texas Instruments. Pavan obtained his B. Tech. degree in electronics and communications engineering from IIT, Madras. His research interests are in continuous-time integrated analog filters, MOS transistor modeling, analog-to-digital conversion, optoelectronics and RF design.

TechnoMentor - Industry: Shreeram Vasanthi

She is the director, technical and marketing, at Websol Energy and an alumnus of the Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay and Delhi. She has 15 years of experience in photovoltaic industry, been a role model for many within her organization. Through her mentoring and leadership, she led her organization to significantly improve the efficiency of the solar cells produced by her company.

Start-up to Watch - Winner: Saankhya Labs

Saankhya is a fabless semiconductor startup based in Bangalore. It has developed the world's first multi-standard TV demodulation technology targeted for Digital TV and PC TV tuner applications. Saankhya's unique product enables for the first time a truly universal TV demodulator, capable of demodulating all digital and analog TV signals on a single chip.

Start-up to Watch - Honorable Mention: Cosmic Circuits

Cosmic is a leading provider of differentiated analog and mixed-signal silicon IP for integration on to System-on-Chips. With a single-minded focus on analog, and a large team of expert analog designers, Cosmic Circuits offers quality analog Hard-IP solutions for integration into nanometer silicon process nodes.

ISA Best Electronic Product - Consumer: Verismo Networks

Verismo Networks was named the winner for its Internet TV device - a high-definition set-top box bringing internet video over any IP network to your television. The set-top connects to the Internet using a broadband connection and is able to stream content from various content sources such as linear TV channels, free websites like youtube, and premium on-demand Hollywood movies. A multi-format, multi-protocol player along with a video search engine enables access to a very broad range of content found on the Internet.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Consumer - Honorable Mention: Tachyion Technologies

Tachyion's Quillpad is an artificial intelligence based solution for intuitive (completely phonetic) Indian language input. It can be used on PCs as well as mobile phones. On a mobile phone, Quillpad can be used for SMS communication in Indian languages. Bundled in LG phones, it will also soon be available for download by MTNL and Idea Cellular customers. It is also available for end users to directly download from the site.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Energy - Winner: Gautam Polymers

Solid Multilantern is a solar LED lantern that maps itself to the way a rural user requires a light. It can be used in many forms - as a diffused general surround light, focused study / task light, handheld torch, handheld downward lantern, roof mounted light and can be used to charge mobile phones.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Energy - Honorable Mention: Kotak Urja

The "Egg Lamp" is a uniquely conceived and designed multi-utility solar lamp that will soon be introduced in the market. It provides uninterrupted light through either CFL or LED lamp for 6 hours every day, with a standby back up of an additional 10 hours. This is a multi-utility lamp, helping to meet the rural energy requirements for light (surrounding, reading, ceiling) and portable torch. The Egg lamp can be used for charging mobile phones and has a unique feature of an FM radio with built-in antenna and speakers.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Healthcare - Winner: Leowin Solutions

"Mozziquit" is an apparatus for attracting, trapping, and killing mosquitoes by mimicking the human body in attracting mosquitoes and eradicating them. This device kills mosquitoes without any need to use harmful chemicals like some existing products in the market do.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Healthcare - Honorable Mention: Infotech Enterprises

Infotech USB-ECG claims to be the world's first USB-powered 3 lead compact ECG monitor, resembles a pen-drive and offers cheap and effective cardiac diagnostics. This works with the power supplied by the USB port and its main features are 3-lead ECG Monitoring and Heart Rate Measurement. The ECG data can also be transmitted to an expert in the cardiology room using ZigBee in a case of emergency. This is affordable, compact, easy-to-use and portable.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Security - Winner: Kritikal Solutions

KritiKal's vision-based automatic license plate recognition system is a non-intrusive, automated image processing-based solution. It identifies and authenticates vehicles by capturing &and recognizing a vehicle's number plate, transmits real-time stamp of entry/exit of the vehicle to the database. This solution is highly applicable for Access Control (parking lot management, restricting vehicle accessing sensitive/high security establishments / zones), security and surveillance (policing), and traffic management.

ISA Best Electronics Product - Telecom: Tejas Networks

ELAN aids triple play services by supporting protected service rings that optimize bandwidth and by natively supporting multicast applications like IPTV. To support time-critical services such as VoIP and circuit emulation, operators can use the Tejas platform to create point-to-point CBR (Constant Bit Rate) Services over Traffic Engineered Ethernet trunks, using Tejas' PBB-TE implementations. Moreover, the same Tejas equipment can simultaneously provide various services, giving the operator considerable flexibility to offer differentiated services in a "pay-as-you-grow" fashion.

ISA Best Electronic Products - Others: Bharat Electronics

BE supplies 32-channel Silicon Strip Detectors to CERN Geneva, which are used to detect sub-atomic particles generated when high energy particle beams collide. These detectors have unique features such as very low leakage currents and very high breakdown voltages in spite of their large area. The technology has a huge potential in the field of radiation detection, nuclear instrumentation, medical and other commercial applications.

Mangalore Robotronics Technologies

The remote-controlled system for power tillers was developed for making farming easier. This system is an electronic and mechanical gadget which goes as an attachment for power tillers. Unlike now, when the user of a power tiller has to walk along with the machine, the remote controlled system is an attachable kit which is installed on a power tiller or a walking tractor, and can thus be operated using a hand-held wireless electronic device.

Integra Micro Systems

iMFAST, Integra's mobile financial application secure terminal is a device designed for rural banking. It is a banking platform capable of providing mobile banking as against branch banking and a bank can link this device to its core banking system and extend all banking facilities to the poor and illiterate population in rural India without spending on opening remote branches and installation of ATMs. Biometric authentication and online secure confirmation of the transactions is done using RFID, the device facilitates absolutely safe transactions.

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