News – 2006.09.15

  • Toshiba Acquires NAND Flash Memory Patents from Lexar Media, Micron
    Toshiba Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced they have entered into agreements where Toshiba will purchase certain of Micron’s semiconductor technology patents and license patents previously owned by Lexar Media, Inc. in exchange for payments totaling $288 million.
  • Chipcon Targets ZigBee IEEE 802.15.4 Low Power Wireless Sensor Networks
    Chipcon AS, the world’s leading provider of low system cost, low power RF chipsets and networking software, today announced the availability of the CC2431, a true System-on-Chip IEEE 802.15.4 low power wireless sensor networking solution targeting also ZigBee(TM) solutions. The new SoC solution from Chipcon includes a licensed location detection hardware core from Motorola.
  • ST Journal of Research Focuses on MEMS
    STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices and technology, has published a new issue of the ST Journal of Research focusing on MEMS. Previous issues, similarly built around a particular technology theme, have presented details on the Company’s advanced research efforts on Processor Architecture and Compilation and Networked Multimedia. Written by STMicroelectronics’ researchers, in cooperation with top scientists and researchers at leading universities and research partners around the world, the ST Journal of Research hosts technical papers and discussions on selected themes. All papers are peer-reviewed and coverage is coordinated by an expert in the relevant field.
  • Chipcon Creates First True System-on-Chip (SoC) ZigBee Solution
    Chipcon, the world’s leading provider of low system cost low power RF chipsets and networking software, announced the availability of the CC2430 family, the world’s first available true One-Chip ZigBeeTM solution. This is the world’s first true SoC Zigbee one-stop-shop offering, providing on-chip programmable flash memory as well as a certified Zigbee software stack, all on a single silicon die. The CC2430 is a key part of Chipcon’s SmartRF(R)03 product family, and is based on Chipcon’s industry leading CC2420 ZigBee radio transceiver which has already surpassed 1 million units shipped.
  • Fujitsu, Advantest Form Joint Venture for Electron Beam Direct Lithography
    Fujitsu Limited and Advantest Corporation today announced plans to establish a joint venture to create prototype semiconductors by using electron beam direct lithography, a technology that combines 65 nanometer (nm) and 45nm semiconductor process technologies with electron beam exposure systems. The companies are currently discussing the terms of a formal contract, targeting November for this year for establishment of the joint venture.
  • National Creates CPRI SerDes with 800ps Fiber Delay-Calibration Accuracy
    National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM), a leading supplier of high- performance analog signal-path products, today introduced an advanced serializer/deserializer (SerDes) for next-generation base station architectures.
  • Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Yamaha Leverage TI’s Aureus Digital Audio Solutions
    Facilitating exceptional quality audio experiences in innovative home entertainment applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced that three leading audio/video (A/V) receiver manufacturers have leveraged the award-winning Aureus(TM) generation of high-performance audio digital signal processors (DSPs) to deliver next-generation A/V receiver and digital media center applications. Harman Kardon, Onkyo and Yamaha are demonstrating their breakthrough products at CEDIA Expo this week (Sept. 14 – 17) in Denver, Colorado.
  • National Semiconductor Unveils Quad-Output Power Management Units
    National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) today introduced two new, integrated power management units (PMUs) to its family of designer-friendly, easy-to-use PMUs. Optimized to power mid-range, quad-output applications, such as low-power FPGAs, microprocessors and DSPs, the LP3906 and LP3905 PMUs each feature two high-efficiency buck regulators and two ultra-low-noise, low- dropout regulators (LDOs). The high level of integration simplifies system design and increases space efficiency.
  • TiE-ISB Networking Event for Entrepreneurs, Investors, Business Leaders
    India’s largest networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders will be held from September 20 – 22, 2006 at the ISB Campus in Hyderabad and will feature prominent Venture Capital Firms, Business Leaders and over 400 participants from around the world. The event will be inaugurated by Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Shri M M Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence, Govt. of India will also be present during the occasion. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and The Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (WCED) at the ISB, are jointly organising the 3 day event.
  • Pioneer Strengthens PureVision High-Definition Plasma Lineup
    Pioneer announced today that the company will introduce two “PureVision” high-definition plasma TVs equipped with its proprietary technology “New P.U.R.E.(*1) Black Panel” to strengthen its PureVision plasma lineup. The PDP-607HX, 60-inch high-definition plasma TV, is the largest model in the current Pioneer PureVision series, and PDP-427HXD, 42-inch high-definition plasma TV, employs a new sophisticated design. The PDP-607HX will be available in the end of October for a suggested retail price of 800,000 yen (including tax). The PDP-427HXD will be available in the end of September with no retail price suggested.
  • Pioneer Debuts HDD/DVD Recorders with Digital Tuner, HDD Add-on Support
    Pioneer Corporation announced today the introduction in Japan of four new HDD/DVD recorders, the DVR-RT700D (combination VHS/DVD with a 250 GB built-in HDD), the DVR-RT900D (combination VHS/DVD with a 400 GB built-in HDD), DVR-DT75 (with a 250 GB built-in HDD), the DVR-DT95 (with a 400 GB built-in HDD), and a 400 GB add-on hard disk drive HDD-S400. All of new four HDD/DVD recorders are the industry’s first(*1) HDD add-on compatible HDD/DVD recorders with a digital tuner.