The Fight Between ARM and Intel Gets Real :ARM servers and Intel smartphones are coming soon

The Battle Between ARM and Intel Gets Real

ARM servers and Intel smartphones are coming soon

There are two giants in the computer processor industry. One is Intel, which builds most of the processors in today's PCs and servers. The other is ARM Holdings, in Cambridge, England, which thanks to its vast ecosystem of partners has established near-complete dominance of the market for the core logic inside smartphones and tablets.

But the demand for energy-efficient chips is reshaping the industry. As the PC market flattens, Intel aims to capture a sizable chunk of the rapidly growing mobile market, which rose to nearly half a billion smartphones in 2011. And chip designers in ARM's camp are eyeing a US $50 billion server market, fueled by the rise of social networking and cloud computing.

The coming months will see a number of volleys exchanged across the line that has traditionally divided the high-performance and low-power chip markets. One of the first will come from a small start-up in Austin, Texas, called Calxeda (pronounced cal-ZAY-dah). The fabless firm will begin shipping chips for servers based on 32-bit ARM mobile processor designs. They'll soon be joined by AppliedMicro, in Sunnyvale, Calif., which is working on an even speedier, 64-bit ARM-based chip. At the same time, Intel will leap into the mobile game; two big companies—Lenovo and Motorola—plan to release phones based on Intel's low-power Atom processor by the end of this year.
(The very first Intel-based smartphone was launched in April by the India-based firm Lava International.)


Faculty positions in Ravenshaw University and IIIT Bhubaneswar

Faculty positions in IIIT Bhubaneswar

How to Apply : Interested Candidates may send their application in the
prescribed format with required enclosures on or before 21/05/2012 to
The Director, IIIT, Bhubaneswar, Gothapatna, PO : Malipada,
Bhubaneswar - 751003, Orissa, India.

A soft copy of the application form should be mailed to E-mail :

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Faculty positions in Ravenshaw University

How to apply : Application form API Score Card complete in all respect
should be sent to The Registrar, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack-753003,
Odisha along with a Demand Draft for Rs. 500/- (Rs.200/- in case of
SC/ ST/ PWD applicants) drawn in favour of the Comptroller of Finance,
Ravenshaw University payable at Cuttack by Speed Post/ Registered Post
so as to reach on or before the last date 18/06/2012 of the
application. The envelope containing application should be
superscribed 'APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF …………. IN SUBJECT …….……..'
However the applicants are advised to send a soft copy of the duly
filled in application through email attachment to

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Graduate Engineer Trainee vacancy At ECIL 2012

ECIL a professionally managed Electronics & IT, have openings for
dynamic and result-oriented young Grduate Engineers Trainee with
post-training placements at ECIL Headquarters in Hyderabad or any of
Zonal/ Branch/ Site Offices located across India. The areas include
Design & Development, Projects, Marketing, Production, QA and Field
Engineering :
Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) : 107 posts (SC-13, ST-10, OBC-26,
UR-58)( PH-10)
Discipline : First Class Engineering degree with 65% marks (55% for
SC/ST) in ECE, EEE, E&I, CSE, Civil & Mechanical
Age : 25 years as on 30/04/2012
Stipend : Rs.25790/- per month, will be on contract for 3 years with
consolidated pay Rs.36690/- in first years, Rs.37810/- in 2nd year and
Rs.38950/- in third year.
Pay Scale after confirmation : Rs.16400-40500/- and after one year in
Selection by : Written test on 10/06/2012 and Interview for selected.
Application Fee : Rs.200/- (SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted) to be
deposited in SBI in a specially opened Account Number 31102144119
through a payment voucher/ challan available at ECIL website only.

How to Apply : Please apply Online at ECIL website from 07/05/2012
14.00 hrs to 21/05/2012 16.00 hrs. After applying on-line, the
candidate is required to take the print out of registered on-line
application form with system generated application number for future

Details are available at and online
submission of the application from 07/05/2012 onwards. Please view for details.

Who is afraid of FDI in retail?

Who is afraid of FDI in retail?

Given the debate that's raging over opening the retail sector to foreign direct investment, we bring you the government's view, the opposition's objections and TOI's take on the issue.

Government argument

* Huge investments in the retail sector will see gainful employment opportunities in agro-processing, sorting, marketing, logistics management and front-end retail.

* At least 10 million jobs will be created in the next three years in the retail sector.

* FDI in retail will help farmers secure remunerative prices by eliminating exploitative middlemen.

* Foreign retail majors will ensure supply chain efficiencies.

* Policy mandates a minimum investment of $100 million with at least half the amount to be invested in back-end infrastructure, including cold chains, refrigeration, transportation, packing, sorting and processing. This is expected to considerably reduce post-harvest losses.

*This will have a salutary impact on food inflation from efficiencies in supply chain. This is also because food, which perishes due to inadequate infrastructure, will not be wasted.

* Sourcing of a minimum of 30% from Indian micro and small industry is mandatory. This will provide the scales to encourage domestic value addition and manufacturing, thereby creating a multiplier effect for employment, technology upgradation and income generation.

* A strong legal framework in the form of the Competition Commission is available to deal with any anti-competitive practices, including predatory pricing.

* There has been impressive growth in retail and wholesale trade after China approved 100% FDI in retail. Thailand has experienced tremendous growth in the agro-processing industry.

* In Indonesia, even after several years of emergence of supermarkets, 90% of fresh food and 70% of all food is still controlled by traditional retailers.

* In any case, organized retail through Indian corporates is permissible. Experience of the last decade shows small retailers have flourished in harmony with large outlets.

Opposition's argument

* Move will lead to large-scale job losses. International experience shows supermarkets invariably displace small retailers. Small retail has virtually been wiped out in developed countries like the US and in Europe. South East Asian countries had to impose stringent zoning and licensing regulations to restrict growth of supermarkets after small retailers were getting displaced. India has the highest shopping density in the world with 11 shops per 1,000 people. It has 1.2 crore shops employing over 4 crore people; 95% of these are small shops run by self-employed people

* Global retail giants will resort to predatory pricing to create monopoly/oligopoly. This can result in essentials, including food supplies, being controlled by foreign organizations.

* Fragmented markets give larger options to consumers. Consolidated markets make the consumer captive. Allowing foreign players with deep pockets leads to consolidation. International retail does not create additional markets, it merely displaces existing markets.

* Jobs in the manufacturing sector will be lost because structured international retail makes purchases internationally and not from domestic sources. This has been the experience of most countries which have allowed FDI in retail.

* Argument that only foreign players can create the supply chain for farm produce is bogus. International retail players have no role in building roads or generating power. They are only required to create storage facilities and cold chains. This could be done by governments in India.

* Comparison between India and China is misplaced. China is predominantly a manufacturing economy. It's the largest supplier to Wal-Mart and other international majors. It obviously cannot say no to these chains opening stores in China when it is a global supplier to them. India in contrast will lose both manufacturing and services jobs.

Times View

In principle, governments should not prevent anybody, Indian or foreign, from setting up any business unless there are very good reasons to do so. Hence, unless it can be shown that FDI in retail will do more harm than good for the economy, it should be allowed.

A major argument given by opponents of FDI in retail is that there will be major job losses. Frankly, the jury is out on whether this is the case or not, with different studies claiming different findings. Big retail chains are actually going to hire a lot of people. So, in the short run, there will be a spurt in jobs. Eventually, there's likely to be a redistribution of jobs with some drying up (like that of middlemen) and some new ones sprouting up.

Fears of small shopkeepers getting displaced are vastly exaggerated. When domestic majors were allowed to invest in retail, both supermarket chains and neighbourhood pop-and-mom stores coexisted. It's not going to be any different when FDI in retail is allowed. Who, after all, will give home delivery? The local kirana. Why would anyone shun them?

If anything, the entry of retail big boys is likely to hot up competition, giving consumers a better deal, both in prices and choices. Mega retail chains need to keep price points low and attractive - that's the USP of their business. This is done by smart procurement and inventory management: Good practices from which Indian retail can also learn.

The argument that farmers will suffer once global retail has developed a virtual monopoly is also weak. To begin with, it's very unlikely that global retail will ever become monopolies. Stores like Wal-Mart or Tesco are by definition few, on the outskirts of cities (to keep real estate costs low), and can't intrude into the territory of local kiranas. So, how will they gobble up the local guy? Secondly, it can't be anyone's case that farmers are getting a good deal right now. The fact is that farmers barely subsist while middlemen take the cream. Let's not get dreamy about this unequal relationship.


Junior Engineer (Civil) posts at NEW DELHI MUNICIPAL COUNCIL (NDMC)

NDMC invites Online applications to fill up following posts on contract basis :
Junior Engineer (Civil) : 65 posts (UR- 35, SC-9, ST-4, OBC-17) (1
PH), Pay : 21269/- P.M., Age : 18-27 years (Relaxation as per rules)

How to Apply : Apply Online at NDMC website.

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submission of application.

Recruitment for Faculty Positions in Various Departments at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT)

Recruitment for Faculty Positions in Various Departments

Applications are invited for faculty positions at the levels of
Professor, Associate Professor & Assistant Professor in various
departments :
Disciplines : Department of Applied Mechanics, Department of
Biotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of
Civil Engineering, Department of Computer Science & Engineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and
Communication Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Department of Mathematics, Department of Humanities and Social
Sciences, School of Management Studies, GIS [Geographic Information
System] Cell

How to Apply : The completed application form along with all the
supporting documents and application fee in the form of demand draft
must reach the following address latest by 25/05/2012.

The Registrar, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
Allahabad, Allahabad - 211004 (UP)

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