News – 2007.02.01

AudioCodes Acquires CTI Squared
AudioCodes (Nasdaq:AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over Packet (VoP) technologies and Voice network products, announced its intent to exercise its option to purchase the remaining outstanding shares of CTI Squared Ltd. (“CTI2″), a leading provider of enhanced messaging and communications platforms deployed globally by service providers and enterprises. CTI2′s platforms integrate data and voice messaging services over internet, intranet, PSTN, cellular, cable and enterprise networks. It employs approximately 30 people and they are based in Israel. The impact of the acquisition on AudioCodes’ financial results in 2007 is not expected to be material.

MagnaChip Develops New CMOS Image Sensors for Slim Mobile Phones
MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading global designer, developer and manufacturer of image sensor solutions, mixed-signal and digital multimedia semiconductors, announced the launch of two new high-performance CMOS image sensors for the mobile phone camera market.

Strategic Test Debuts TRITON Development Kit-4 for PXA320 Processor
Strategic Test Corporation has announced availability of the TRITON Development Kit-4 (TDK-4) based on the Marvell XScale PXA320 processor. The TDK-4 is supplied with both Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 and Linux 2.6.17. The Kit allows early adopters of the new processor to rapidly climb the steep learning curves that can be associated with the adoption of brand new microcontrollers. The core of the TDK-4, the TRITON-320 SODIMM module, can be directly designed into new systems enabling fast time to market.

Innovasic Offers Replacement IC for Intel 82527 CAN Controller
Innovasic Semiconductor, a leader in replacement integrated circuit (IC) and microcontroller solutions, announced that it will offer a replacement for Intel’s AN/AS82527 Serial Communications Controllers (Control Area Network Protocol). Innovasic’s versions of the chips are identified as IA82527QFP44 and IA82527PLCC. The replacements will be fully form, fit and function compatible with the AN82527 and AS82527.

Agilent Unveils PNA-X Network Analyzer for Active Device Test
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced PNA-X, the new industry standard for microwave network analysis from 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz. This premier-performance network analyzer offers a unique single-connection solution for two-tone and swept LO measurements, featuring an integrated second source and signal combining network.

TI Announces Rugged Encapsulated Tag for Harsh Process Environments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) introduced its Overmolded (OM) transponder family comprised of the most rugged RFID tags in its portfolio of ISO/IEC 15693 compliant transponders. The OM tags are designed to withstand extreme environments where temperature, high pressure and harsh chemicals inhibit the performance of line-of-sight automatic identification technologies such as bar codes and other less robust RFID tags. With their durability and small, 22 mm circular dimension, TI’s 13.56 MHz OM tags provide increased read performance compared with competitive offerings for applications ranging from industrial laundry and textile rental to process industries such as perishable foods.

Kontron Creates Stingray Modular Workstation for Food Industry
Kontron announced its new workstation, the Kontron Stingray, a modular, hygienic IP65-rated HMI concept with a food-grade stainless steel front panel that protects against cleaning agents and other environmental hazards. The Kontron Stingray was conceived to satisfy the requirements of a large system operator in the food and beverage industry as well as the strict industry standards regarding the manufacturing of food and beverages and is now available as a standard product in the Kontron portfolio.

Squire Technologies Rolls Out SS7 Signalling Gateway
Squire Technologies Ltd, provider of carrier-grade SS7 and VoIP signalling technology, has announced the launch of the SVI_SG SS7 Signalling Gateway as a stand-alone product. Powered by proven signalling software already successfully deployed globally and across varied networks as part of Squire Technologies’ SS7 Media Gateway and SS7 Media Gateway Controller products, this Signalling Gateway supports standards based SIGTRAN, SIP-I and SIP-T protocols and offers the most cost-effective, carrier-grade SS7 to IP bridge application available.

Freescale Adopts Cadence Analog Mixed Signal Methodology Kit
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that the Cadence(R) Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) Methodology Kit has been adopted by Freescale Semiconductor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. Freescale has adopted the AMS Methodology Kit to leverage key capabilities of advanced AMS technologies, flows, and methodologies. By using the Cadence Kit as their baseline methodology, Freescale can more quickly capture and globally deploy, internally developed world-class design flow capabilities.

XJTAG Expands Globally with Multiple Distributors
To meet the demand for its boundary scan test system, XJTAG, a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.1 compliant boundary scan tools, announced the appointment of eight new distributors, which will provide the company with representation in 21 countries across Europe, the Far East, North America, the Middle East and Australasia.

Court Rules Synopsys, IBM Jointly Own 2 Patents in Magma Litigation
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) announced that a U.S. District Court ruled Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) jointly own two of the three patents at issue in the California patent litigation between Magma and Synopsys, a decision consistent with the position Magma argued regarding the two patents. The court ruled that the third patent is owned solely by Synopsys.

Stratos Receives Patent for RFID Technology in Fiber Optic Components
Stratos International (Nasdaq: STLW), a leader in RF and fiberoptic solutions for telecom, enterprise, military and broadcast video markets, announced that the company has been issued a US patent (US Patent No. 7,165,728) for a new technology that utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for on-device storage of performance test information for fiber optic connectors and components.

Agilent Rolls Out Enhanced Visual Engineering Environment Software
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced enhanced versions of its Visual Engineering Environment (VEE) software, a powerful, interactive and open graphical language that is designed to provide a fast and easy path to measurement analysis.

Silicon Image Sues Analogix for Infringement of Trade Secrets
Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG), a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., a Delaware corporation based in Santa Clara, California.

National Semiconductor Acquires Xignal Technologies
National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) announced that it is acquiring Xignal Technologies AG, a German-based developer of high-speed data converters. Xignal is a pioneer in the development of continuous-time sigma delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a technology that enables high-resolution (12-bits and above) ADCs at megahertz (MHz) speeds with greatly reduced power levels compared to traditional pipeline solutions. The continuous time architecture greatly simplifies system design as it allows incorporation of other signal path functions, such as on-board clocks, low- noise amplifiers and external filters.

Measurement Computing Releases USB Counter-Timer Modules
Measurement Computing Corporation, the market leader in low-cost data acquisition, announced the release of two new counter/timer devices for the USB bus. The USB-4301 is a 5-channel, 16-bit counter/timer with one 8-bit dedicated input port, and one 8-bit dedicated output port. It is based on the powerful 9513 series chip. The USB-4303 is a 10-channel version, based on two 9513 series chips. The new products emulate Measurement Computing’s reliable PCI-CTR05 and PCI-CTR10 counter/timer classics.

Barric Offers Cable Assembly Production Services
Contract electronics manufacturer, Barric, have announced that they will now be providing a service for the production of high quality ‘cable assemblies’ and ‘cable harnesses’. Cable assemblies are essential components for electronic and electrical goods and play a critical role in the long-term performance and reliability of modern equipment. Barric have been manufacturing cable assemblies for many years, as a part of the complete electronic product manufacturing service that they provide to clients across Europe and the US. These products range from safety critical marine systems to terabyte hard disk storage equipment for the broadcast industry.

Mobile MicroTuners Enable Clear Pictures on Mobile TV Phones
Mobile TV suppliers face a difficult problem in bringing real-time digital TV, comparable to the perceived quality of home television sets, to mobile devices. Interference of the television signal from the environment can result in poor reception, disappointing viewers who expect quality TV pictures even on a small mobile display screen. Broadcast TV stations, cellular transmissions and automotive ignition systems can clutter the airwaves, causing blocky TV pictures, artifacts and lost signals. The primary cause of interference, however, is the power amplifier within the mobile device, located only millimeters away from the television tuner chip. The tuner is the one small, but critical, component that is responsible for receiving and cleaning-up the quality of the TV signal.