News – 2007.03.29

Enea Acquires QiValue, Expands Embedded Linux Solutions
Enea (STO:ENEA) (Nordic Exchange /SmallCap /ENEA), a world leading provider of telecom software and services, announced that is has acquired Swedish QiValue Technologies, a leading provider of Linux solutions. The acquisition will bolster Enea’s Linux expertise, strengthen its software offering, and increase Enea’s ability to offer Embedded Linux solutions. Enea expects the acquisition to contribute SEK 14 million (MUSD 2) of additional revenue as well as a positive margin during 2007.

X-FAB Acquires ZFOUNDRY
X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG (Erfurt) and ZMD AG (Dresden) have agreed that X-FAB will take over ZFOUNDRY (ZMD Analog Mixed Signal Services GmbH & Co. KG), the wafer production facilities of ZMD, located in Dresden, effective immediately. ZFOUNDRY will be integrated into the X-FAB Group as a subsidiary of the Erfurt-based X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG. In addition, the companies agreed to maintain close collaboration long-term regarding wafer manufacture. A wafer delivery contract ensures that X-FAB will become the principal supplier of foundry services for ZMD which, in turn, becomes one of the Top 10 customers of the X-FAB Group. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Virage Logic Supports Composite Current Source Models
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and Virage Logic Corporation (Nasdaq: VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM), announced support of Composite Current Source (CCS) models for all advanced process node versions of Virage Logic’s Self Test and Repair (STAR) Memory, Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Memory(TM) and ASAP Logic(TM) Standard Cell product lines. Used in conjunction with the Synopsys Galaxy(TM) Design Platform, the high-accuracy CCS timing and noise models allow the designer to reduce guard-band margins during design implementation and sign-off, thus improving design performance and reducing design iterations.

Aeroflex Introduces Auto-Test Software for Radio Test Set
When testing large numbers of radios utilized in large private and land mobile radio networks, consistent testing and comparison of test results for each radio can be a huge problem. Test operator skills may vary from location to location, allowing inconsistencies and errors to crop up that can slow down deployment. Aeroflex solves this problem with its new Auto-Test software for its popular 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios.

Leadis Drives 262K, 65K Color Mobile Handset Displays
Leadis Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: LDIS), a leading analog and mixed-signal developer of semiconductor solutions for mobile and consumer electronics devices, announced sample availability of two new color STN driver ICs: the LDS195, a 262K color driver with integrated controller supporting 128 (RGB) x 160 resolution displays, and the LDS194, a 65K color driver with integrated controller supporting 98 (RGB) x 70 and 98 (RGB) x 64 resolution displays.

Synopsys Enhances Implementation, Verification Solution
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that it is enhancing its comprehensive low-power verification and implementation solution to ensure compliance with the widely supported Unified Power Format (UPF) 1.0 Accellera standard. Proven by over 20 successful multi-voltage tapeouts, the Synopsys solution spans the entire low-power design flow from hardware/software power trade-off at the system level through simulation and static verification of low-power intent, complete low-power RTL-to-GDSII implementation and sign-off, and a comprehensive set of low-power intellectual property (IP). The enhanced solution with support for UPF 1.0 is expected to be available in the second half of 2007.

IR Creates DirectFET MOSFET Chipset with Low On-State Resistance
International Rectifier, IR(R) (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, introduced a new DirectFET(R) MOSFET chipset for high-current DC-DC converters used in notebook, high-end desktops and servers, and advanced telecom and datacom systems.

Mentor Graphics Offers Support for ARM Cortex-M1 Processor
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) announced product support for the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M1 processor — the first ARM processor designed specifically for implementation on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Mentor Graphics provides the EDA industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of vendor-independent FPGA design solutions, allowing engineers to implement the ARM Cortex-M1 processor on any FPGA device.

Aeroflex Upgrades 3500 Portable Radio Test Set with DTF, VSWR
Aeroflex has announced a free software upgrade to its portable 3500 Series Radio Test Set, now with Distance-to-Fault (DTF) measurement and enhanced VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio) to quickly and easily find faults in cables and antennas and display results graphically.

Lanner Introduces EM-9640 Mini-ITX Embedded Motherboard
Lanner Electronics Inc announced the EM-9640, a mini-ITX embedded motherboard targeting passively cooled multimedia systems. Supporting ultra low power AMD Geode NX processors, including the AMD Geode NX1500 @6W and the Geode NX 1750 @ 14W, the EM-9640 delivers guaranteed performance for graphics intense digital signage and panel PC applications.

Ember to Present, Demonstrate ZigBee Solutions at ESC
Ember, along with partners STMicroelectronics, Tendril Networks and Maxstream – a Digi International Inc., will demonstrate solutions at ESC based on Ember’s ZigBee platform. The demonstrations highlight how easy it is to ZigBee enable devices from a variety of manufacturers and have them operate as a low-power wireless mesh network.

Kontron’s Revenue Grows by 35%, Profit by 56%
In the 2006 financial year just past, Kontron AG, on a purely organic basis, realized a record rate of growth. The company generated revenue growth of 35 percent, with a rise to EUR 405 million (2005: EUR 300 million), and an increase of 56 percent in net profit to EUR 25.7 million (2005: EUR 16.5 million). In the best year in the company’s history, operating cash flow at the same time doubled nearly to EUR 23.4 million and the company’s liquidity was up by EUR 11 million, resulting in a cash position of over EUR 64 million. “This solid financial situation will allow us to once again increase the dividend payout for shareholders for the 2006 financial year, compared with 2005, and to continue with our stock purchase program,” stated CEO Hannes Niederhauser at the company’s balance sheet press conference in Munich. For 2007, CEO Niederhauser expects “a further double-digit increase in revenue, and net earnings growth at a faster rate.”