News – 2006.09.11

  • Freescale Semiconductor to be Acquired
    Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B), a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets, said today that it is in discussions with parties relating to a possible business transaction.
  • Intel Sells Optical-Networking Components Business to Cortina Systems
    Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel’s optical-networking components business to Cortina. Cortina has emerged as a leading supplier of advanced communications semiconductor solutions for the carrier infrastructure market segment. The acquisition will give Cortina a large portfolio of enterprise and infrastructure communications products and will position it to become a leading communications semiconductor company.
  • Microchip Debuts 8-bit Microcontrollers with Embedded Optimized Ethernet
    Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced a family of the world’s smallest 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral. The PIC18F97J60 family is optimized for embedded applications, and has an on-chip Medium Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer Device (PHY). By integrating a 10BASE-T Ethernet controller onto a 10 MIPS PIC18 microcontroller with up to 128 Kbytes of Flash program memory, Microchip is providing embedded systems designers with a single-chip remote-communication solution for a wide range of applications.
  • Atmel Creates First Automotive Load Driver IC with SOI Technology
    Atmel(R), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the availability of the new ATA6826 driver IC, the first such product in high-voltage BCD-SOI technology (SMARTIS(TM)) available on the market. The new driver IC provides improved performance, a broad range of protection features, and a very attractive price. The ATA6826 is designed to control two DC motors or up to three different loads via a microcontroller in automotive applications, e.g., body electronic systems such as mirror positioning and climate control. Thanks to the device’s high voltage capability (up to 40V), the ATA6826 can also be used in 24V supplied trucks or industrial applications.
  • Cadence Launches Next Generation Virtuoso Custom Design Platform
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today introduced its new Virtuoso(R) custom design platform for advanced analog, mixed-signal, RF, and custom digital design. The platform provides design teams with integrated technologies that address challenges across a wide range of process nodes and design styles, including traditional analog, SiP, mixed-signal, RF SoC and digital cell characterization, from 180 through 45 nanometers.
  • IBASE Unveils MB500 AMD Geode LX RoHS Mini-ITX Motherboard
    IBASE Technology, a leading manufacturer of RoHS-compliant Mini-ITX motherboards, releases a new AMD Geode LX Mini-ITX platform that delivers the highest power/performance ratio available in the industry today, offering designers a complete solution for developing a variety of end-user devices that require high-performance x86-based processing and low power usage. The cost effective MB500 supports the AMD Geode CS5536 companion device, optimized to work with the AMD Geode LX 800@0.9W processor.
  • Lattice to Demonstrate Design Solutions at Embedded Systems Show
    Lattice Semiconductor today announced that it will demonstrate embedded design solutions, including a low cost PCI Express solution, at the Embedded Systems Conference Boston, September 26-27, in Booth 715 at Hynes Auditorium. Lattice also will debut a new FPGA family and an embedded IP core. Mixed signal devices for clock and power management, particularly well suited for embedded applications, also will be featured, as well as the Lattice ispLEVER software design tool suite.
  • Altera Showcases Memory Interface, PCI Express at Denali MemCon
    Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) will showcase its high-performance solutions for memory interfaces and PCI Express applications at Denali MemCon San Jose 2006. These demonstrations will show how Altera’s complete FPGA solutions enable designers to overcome design challenges, reduce design risk, maximize performance and accelerate time-to-market.
  • Quantum Dot Laser Technology Wins Wall Street Journal Award
    Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that quantum dot laser technology from Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, QD Laser, Inc., and the University of Tokyo has won a Runner-Up award for the Semiconductor category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2006.
  • QinetiQ Adopts RTI Data Distribution Service for Test, Evaluation Systems
    Following a detailed evaluation of available commercial middleware products, QinetiQ, a leading defense and security technology company, has chosen RTI Data Distribution Service to provide a real-time data-distribution infrastructure for its test and evaluation systems. These systems form part of the company’s Long-Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) contract with the UK MOD.
  • Publisher Adopts BFO’s PDF Library and Viewer Software
    Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, are pleased to announce the adoption of their PDF Library and Viewer software by Aftenposten, Norway’s leading English language newspaper.
  • StorLink Selects Faraday’s Dual-Core Network Processor SoC Design
    Faraday Technology (TAIEX: 3035), a leading IP and ASIC provider, today announced it is supplying dual-core network processor SoC design to StorLink Semiconductor for its Gemini(TM) family targeting IP set-top-box, VoIP gateway, media server with RAID, NAS and gigabit router gateway markets. Faraday’s market-proven ARM-architecture FA526 CPU cores and SoC design expertise accelerated the successful development of this high-speed, low-power and cost-effective NPU SoC for StorLink.
  • Dialog Semiconductor, BSQUARE Partner for Windows Mobile Devices
    Dialog Semiconductor and BSQUARE have signed a joint technology partnership agreement to develop, market and deliver fully proven mobile applications reference boards for developers and manufacturers of smart phones, personal digital assistants, global positioning systems and other portable applications. The partnership combines BSQUARE’s expertise in developing embedded software solutions and reference designs with Dialog’s leading-edge power management and audio integrated SoC (system-on-chip) technology for wireless products to allow customers to take advantage of opportunities available from the latest generation of mobile applications processors such as Intel’s Monahans device.
  • Samsung Develops First 40nm Memory Device – 32G NAND Flash
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has developed the industry’s first 40-nanometer (nm) memory device. The new 32 Gigabit (Gb) NAND flash device is the first memory to incorporate a Charge Trap Flash (CTF) architecture, a revolutionary new approach to further increase manufacturing efficiency while greatly improving performance.
  • AMI Acquires NanoAmp’s Medical SOC and Ultra Low-Power 6T-SRAM Units
    AMI Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMIS), today announced that it successfully completed its acquisition of select businesses of NanoAmp Solutions, Inc. for approximately $21 million in cash. Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, AMI Semiconductor, Inc. acquired certain assets and assumed certain liabilities related to NanoAmp Solutions’ medical SOC business and its ultra low-power (ULP) 6T-SRAM business, which collectively employ approximately 26 people in the United States, Korea and Taiwan.
  • Samsung Completes Prototype of Phase-Change Random Access Memory (PRAM)
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has completed the first working prototype of what is expected to be the main memory device to replace high density NOR flash within the next decade — a Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM). The company unveiled the 512Megabit (Mb) device at its sixth annual press conference in Seoul today.
  • Jameco Electronics Offers Custom Power Supplies
    Jameco Electronics now offers Mean Well’s modular power supplies, giving users the flexibility of thousands of voltage-level combinations to meet a broad range of power requirements. Engineers benefit from a shorter time-to-market and reduced development costs.