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NXP India Organised the 6th Edition of “Connectivity Week”

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NXP India organised their sixth flagship tech summit event ‘Connectivity Week’, where a panel discussion on ‘Power of Connectivity Technologies’ for NextGen product design was held.

NXP India Tech Summit is a thought provoking knowledge sharing platform that includes visionary keynote and panel discussion on a chosen theme of wider technical interest. The panel discussion saw a wide participation from some of the key voices of the tech industry, who expressed their thoughts about how various connectivity technologies holds the potential to bring in a major wave of transformation across sectors. Broadly, the panel discussion was centred around various connectivity technologies from wired to wireless including NFC, UWB, BLE, WiFi , 5G and DSRC ( IEEE802.11p). There was good debate on various use cases of these technologies like  5G use cases, some of the key challenges for 5G adoption and the steps necessary to ensure that 5G reaches the common masses of the country.

The discussion was moderated by Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager, NXP. The key note panellists included Lars Reger, SVP and CTO, NXP Semiconductors, Pradeep Garani, Senior VP, Device Engineering, Reliance Jio, Dr Pradip K Dutta, Group VP and MD, Synopsis, South Asia, Arvind Tiwary, Chair TiE IoT SangEnnovate, Daisy Chittilapilly, MD, Digital Transformation Office, Cisco India and SAARC, Prof Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Bhilai and Ashok Chandak, Senior Director, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP.

Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager, NXP Semiconductors said “The comparable IQ of chips based on number of transistors when compared to human brain would be greater than 1000 vs 100 IQ of average humans. We are entering into a very smart world with more than 75 billion connected devices and the challenge at hand is to make sure that the connectivity among them takes place smartly, smoothly and securely.’’

“This year’s theme on ‘connectivity’ was chosen to mark the importance of various connectivity technologies for a smart and secure world. The event is a testimony to NXP’s focus on knowledge sharing. It provides a great platform for showcasing niche technological developments, mutual learnings and exploring avenues for nurturing innovation across our stakeholders”, he further added.

The 4-Day mega tech event comprised of interesting Industry Keynotes, Technical Tutorial and Tech Talks, Tech Symposium and Paper presentations with the fellow engineers apart from the Industry Tech Summit. A keynote session by Prof. M. Balakrishnan from IIT Delhi on ‘Assistive Technology Solutions for Mobility & Education of Visually Impaired’ emphasized on the role, technology can play for the betterment of the of the marginalized section of our society.

Further, NXP team had setup more than 25 live demos on Secure Connectivity Applications based on NXP Chipsets & Systems. The demos were arranged in increasing circle of influence of NXP’s technologies for a Smart Secure Connected World of Devices. Starting with Automotive Ethernet (Connectivity on the Wire for your Car); followed by Mobile NFC (Touch & Tap for access, payment, anti-tamper etc. to transforming into an embedded-SIM); next to it the cool new Ultra-Wide Band Secure Ranging and the latest additions to NXP stable, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth (Secure Positioning & Connectivity Around You) and finally going ‘Beyond’ to Vehicle2X Communication, RADAR for Autonomous Driving & 5G.

The event concluded with the keynote session by Arnab Kumar, Program Director, Frontier Technologies, NITI Aayog on ‘Connected Technologies and Artificial Intelligence’ wherein he talked about the technology challenges for India and the need to become a data intelligent country.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India. 

Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India. 

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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