News – 2006.08.16

  • Synopsys Acquires SIGMA-C Software, Broadens DFM and TCAD Portfolio
    Synopsys, a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of SIGMA-C(TM) Software AG (SIGMA-C), a Munich-based company providing simulation software that allows semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers to develop and optimize process sequences for optical lithography, e-beam lithography and next-generation lithography (NGL) technologies. The acquisition will enable a tighter integration between design and manufacturing tools, allowing Synopsys customers to perform more accurate design layout analysis with 3D lithography simulation and understand yield issues for effective DFM implementation. As a result, Synopsys customers will benefit from reduced chip re-spins and increased product yields. Synopsys acquired SIGMA-C in an all-cash transaction for $20.5 million.
  • TechnoConcepts Files Patent for Reducing Amplifier Distortion
    TechnoConcepts announced that it has filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a proprietary innovation that dramatically reduces noise and distortion in high dynamic range RF amplifiers, enabling wireless devices to receive very weak radio signals.
  • Automotive Semiconductor Market to Expand to $29 Billion by 2013
    The new Strategy Analytics “Automotive Semiconductor Demand Forecast 2004 – 2013″ study indicates that the market for automotive grade semiconductors in 2006 will reach $18 billion, a year-on-year growth of 10 percent. This analysis shows that planned enhancements to vehicle performance, features and safety will drive automotive semiconductor revenues to almost $29 billion by 2013, ensuring that semiconductor vendors in this sector will enjoy good growth throughout this decade and beyond.
  • Analog Devices Debuts Direct Digital Synthesis Online Evaluation Tool
    Analog Devices, a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, today expanded its suite of online evaluation tools with the introduction of ADIsimDDS(TM). Available to designers at no charge on ADI’s Web site, the ADIsimDDS tool assists users in selecting, evaluating and troubleshooting direct digital synthesis (DDS) ICs from Analog Devices. Using parametric data to mathematically model the general behavior of a selected DDS IC, it allows designers to enter the desired operating conditions, evaluate the quality of the circuit’s sine wave and view the resulting harmonic images. ADIsimDDS(TM), which does not require a software download, is accessible in real-time.
  • GiQuila Adopts Mentor Graphic’s VStation Hardware Verification System
    Mentor Graphics today announced that GiQuila Corporation has adopted Mentor Graphic’s VStation(TM) hardware verification system to verify its family of graphics and multimedia integrated circuits (ICs) for handheld devices. GiQuila, a private fabless semiconductor company based in San Jose, California, develops low-power graphics and multimedia processors for next-generation handheld devices.
  • SYSGO Releases ELinOS v4.1 Industrial Grade Linux
    SYSGO, the European vendor of reliable device software, today announced the release of ELinOS v4.1, the first Industrial Grade Linux solution. ELinOS v4.1 serves the need for an Industrial Grade Embedded Linux solution in the market: Field proven technology, support for all industrial hardware platforms and dedicated industry software components in combination to a traceable qualification process ensure the highest development standards.
  • WLAN End-Product and Chipset Vendors Roll Out 802.11n Products
    Although the much-heralded IEEE 802.11n WLAN standard is probably a good year away from formal ratification, end-products based on Draft 1.0 of the standard were released from a handful of vendors in 2Q06. Approximately 300 thousand total Draft n routers, clients and access points shipped out from home and SMB networking specialists Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, Buffalo and Belkin.
  • Real-time Industry Expert Doug Locke Joins FSMLabs
    FSM Labs, a mission-critical, realtime Linux software company, announced that industry expert and long-time veteran Dr. C. Douglass Locke’s consulting firm would join FSMLabs network of expert consultants and integrators with Dr. Locke taking the lead role of Consulting Engineer. Dr. Locke serves to accelerate the growth of FSMLabs aerospace and defense (A&D) market, an area already strategic to FSMLabs’ embedded real-time business.
  • HDTV Service Rising Rapidly in a Few Countries
    The number of households watching High-Definition (HD) TV programming continues to rise rapidly, reports In-Stat. Households with HDTV service, which are defined as homes with an HDTV set that receive and watch HD programming, are projected to grow from 15 million in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006. This impressive household growth is tempered by the fact that it is occurring in just a few countries, the high-tech market research firm says. On a more positive note, several new countries introduced HDTV service this year.
  • Mobile Phone Sales Hit $4.4 Billion in US for First Half of 2006
    According to The NPD Group, the leader in market information for the wireless industry, mobile phone sales to consumers in the U.S. reached 67 million units in the first half of 2006. This number represents a slight decrease (less than 2 percent) compared to sales during the second half of 2005. NPD estimates total first half 2006 consumer sales of nearly $4.4 billion, after rebate and promotions.
  • Other Devices to Overtake Gaming Consoles in Networked Entertainment
    The market for networked entertainment devices is currently dominated by gaming consoles. ABI Research estimates that in 2006, 44 million consoles and portable gaming handhelds will ship with network connections. But Mike Wolf, principal analyst at ABI Research says that “As the market for online distribution of content continues to expand, other device categories such as DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs will begin to rival the gaming market’s dominance in the world of networked entertainment appliances.”
  • NI Rolls Out 12 Isolated Multifunction DAQ Devices
    National Instruments announced 12 new isolated M and S Series multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) devices. These devices combine the safety of isolation with the high-performance timing, amplification and calibration technologies of existing M Series DAQ devices for increased accuracy. Built-in isolation increases the safety of data acquisition devices and eliminates common problems that can ruin measurement accuracy. The new multifunction devices offer 16-bit accuracy, 250 kS/s sampling rates, ±10 V or ±20 mA analog inputs, ±10 V or 0-20 mA analog outputs and 5 V TTL/CMOS or 24 V digital inputs and outputs.
  • Analog Devices Enriches HDTV Viewing Experience
    Analog Devices is applying its signal processing expertise to the high-definition TV (HDTV) market by playing a leading role in bringing life-like audio and video to the living room and home theater. Analog and mixed-signal circuitry are defining today’s HDTV viewing experience by faithfully converting, conditioning and regulating the signals that result in superior, cinema-grade sound and images.
  • Opengear Rolls Out Infrastructure Management Gateways
    Opengear, a quality supplier of console server and remote management solutions, today released the first two products in its new generation of Infrastructure Management gateways at the LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition in San Francisco.