News – 2007.02.02

CSR Enhances BlueCore5-Multimedia with NXP Software LifeVibes
CSR has announced a new third-party software enhancement for its BlueCore5-Multimedia platform. Continuing to build on the strength of CSR’s eXtension Partner Programme, BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon now offers NXP Software’s speech enhancement technology aimed at Bluetooth headsets, in-car hands-free kits and mobile phones. NXP Software’s LifeVibes(TM) Voice engine, which enhances incoming and outgoing speech and suppresses background noise, addresses the acoustic limitations related to both speakers and microphones. NXP Software’s technology offers full duplex communication, greatly improving the quality of voice communication over a Bluetooth connection, and therefore ensuring that users can hear and be heard in noisy environments.

Semiconductor Sales Grow by 8.9% to $247.7 Billion in 2006
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported that global sales of semiconductors reached a record $247.7 billion in 2006, an increase of 8.9 percent from the $227.5 billion reported in 2005. Worldwide sales in December were $21.7 billion, an increase of 9 percent from December 2005 when sales were $20 billion. December 2006 sales declined by 3.6 percent from the immediate-prior month, when sales were $22.5 billion. Worldwide sales in the fourth quarter were $65.2 billion, an increase of 9 percent over fourth-quarter 2005 sales of $59.9 billion and an increase of 1.9 percent over third-quarter 2006 sales of $64.0 billion.

Panasonic Hollywood Blu-ray Testing Center Opening Soon
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. known for its leading Panasonic brand, announced that its US subsidiary, Panasonic Corporation of North America, will establish a Panasonic Hollywood Blu-ray Testing Center (PHBTC) within the existing facilities of Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory and start testing services today.

3Way Networks to Launch Picocell with ADI TigerSHARC
UK based 3G infrastructure developer, 3Way Networks, has selected Analog Devices’s (ADI) TigerSHARC as the main base band processing platform for its high capability picocell, due to be launched in the second quarter this year.

Over 150 Million Ikivo Mobile SVG Clients Ship Worldwide
Ikivo AB, the leading provider of SVG software solutions for mobile devices announced that their Mobile SVG clients have been shipped in more than 150 million devices worldwide and estimate that more than 225 million devices with Mobile SVG Tiny clients have been shipped globally.

Cadence Revenue Increases by 14% to $431 Million for Q4
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) reported fourth quarter 2006 revenue of $431 million, an increase of 14 percent over the $378 million reported for the same period in 2005. On a GAAP basis, Cadence recognized net income of $48 million, or $0.16 per share on a diluted basis, in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to $27 million, or $0.08 per share on a diluted basis, in the same period in 2005. Revenues for the fiscal year 2006 totaled $1.48 billion, an increase of 12 percent over 2005 total revenues of $1.33 billion. Net income for the fiscal year 2006 was $143 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to net income of $49 million, or $0.16 per share for the year 2005.

Fabric Embedded Tools Acquires RIOLAB
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, and Fabric Embedded Tools Corporation (FET), the leading provider of RapidIO(R) software and tools, announced that FET has acquired the business and operations of RIOLAB(TM), the world’s first RapidIO Interoperability testing facility.

ARM, Northwest Logic Roll Out PCI-SIG Certified PCI Express Solution
ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] and Northwest Logic, announced the availability of a high-performance PCI-SIG-compliant solution that can reduce costs and accelerate the development of PCI Express(R) technology-based system-on-chips (SoCs). Ideal for enterprise, desktop, mobile, communications and embedded applications, this high-performance solution includes the ARM(R) Velocity(TM) 2.5 Gbps serial link PHY (VSL210) physical layer (PHY) for PCI Express and Northwest Logic’s complete PCI Express Solution which includes PCI Express Intellectual Property (IP) Cores in x1, x4 and x8 lane configurations, Development Boards, Drivers, and Demonstration Applications.

ADLINK Unveils High-Sampling PCI and PXI Data Acquisition Cards
ADLINK Technology releases a high-sampling, multi-function data acquisition card in both PCI and PXI form factors. The DAQ-2016 and PXI-2016 feature a maximum transfer rate of 800kS/s per channel. It is designed for large-scale data collection and industrial automation.