News – 2006.08.18

  • QUALCOMM Acquires Qualphone – Provider of Mobile Software, Test Services
    QUALCOMM, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced that it will acquire San Diego-based Qualphone Inc., a leading provider of IP-based Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) embedded client software solutions for mobile devices and interoperability testing (IOT) services. The acquisition of Qualphone’s products and resources will help QUALCOMM further accelerate the delivery of multimedia-capable, feature-rich 3G solutions on top of the emerging IMS and Multi Media Domain (MMD) architectures to WCDMA/UMTS and CDMA2000(R) markets. Completion of the acquisition is expected later this month.
  • Pixelplus Introduces 1/4.2 Inch 1.3 Megapixel SoC Image Sensor
    Pixelplus, a leading fabless semiconductor company in Korea that designs, develops and markets CMOS image sensors for various consumer electronics applications, today reported the unveiling of the “PO5130?, the Company’s highly customized and enhanced 1.3 megapixel ‘System-on-a-Chip’ (“SoC”) image sensor for various mobile and non-mobile applications.
  • Magma Wins Latest Round of Synopsys Patent Litigation
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today rejected all the claims in Synopsys Inc.’s patent number 6,378,114 (the ’114 patent), calling into question the validity of the patent, Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) said in a statement today. The validity of the ’114 patent has been in dispute during the companies’ patent litigation currently before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Alliantek Selects CEVA for Multi-Standard Multimedia Platform
    CEVA, the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Alliantek, Inc. has become the latest licensee to adopt the industry-leading CEVA-X1620(TM) DSP and CEVA-XS1200(TM) system platform for the development of its multi- standard multimedia platform targeting the portable multimedia market. In addition, Alliantek has licensed CEVA’s multimedia software, designed and optimized to run on the CEVA-XS1200 system platform.
  • Semiconductor Equipment Records Book-To-Bill Ratio of 1.06
    North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.75 billion in orders in July 2006 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06 according to the July 2006 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.06 means that $106 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.