News – 2007.05.07 – Late Edition

RFMD, Skyworks Combine for 71% Share of Cellular Power Amplifiers
Strategy Analytics, the global research and consulting company, released, “RFMD & Skyworks Gain Share, Further PA Consolidation Likely,” which notes that the top two suppliers of power amplifiers (PAs) for cellular terminals increased their combined share of the market to an estimated 71 percent in 2006.

What Customers Want for Hardware-Software Co-Design Tools
The Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Consortium Emerging Companies Committee is hosting a panel at Cadence Design Systems in Chelmsford, MA entitled: “What Customers Want for Hardware-Software Co-Design Tools.” Panelists will present their current methodologies and suggest ideas for improving hardware-software co-design tools to help address upcoming challenges. The panel is moderated by Rich McAndrew, President of Siliance, Inc.

Microchip Unveils Six 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers with Integrated LCD
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced six new members of the 8-bit PIC(R) microcontroller family with an integrated Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) module. The PIC18F85J90 series doubles the amount of Flash and RAM memory over existing 64- and 80-pin family members for cost-effective human-interface applications requiring embedded control, including thermostats, utility meters and medical instrumentation. This increased amount of memory enables users to add more complex functionality, such as speech playback and larger amounts of self-programming memory allocation, while taking advantage of the cost savings offered by the PIC18 “J” series’ 3-volt manufacturing process technology.

Certess Rolls Out Certitude for Functional Verification of SoC, IP
Certess, Inc. launched Certitude, the first commercial functional qualification software product for companies developing systems on a chip (SoCs) or integrating intellectual property (IP) blocks. Certitude certifies that if a semiconductor chip design had a bug, it would be found. It tackles the most formidable problem in functional verification: the absence of objective quality assurance in SoCs and IP blocks.

MOSAID Announces HyperLink NAND Flash
MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX:MSD), unveiled HyperLink NAND (HLNAND(TM)) Flash, a breakthrough Flash memory architecture and interface that will dramatically improve the performance of computer products that use Flash memory, including solid state drives (SSDs), Flash memory cards and USB Flash drives.

Image Sensing Systems Selects TI DaVinci for Video Detection
Improving traffic flow and promoting roadway safety, Image Sensing Systems (ISS) (NASDAQ: ISNS) and partner Econolite Control Products has introduced its Autoscope(R) Terra(TM) products, a new generation of video detection solutions that leverages Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) (NYSE:TXN) DaVinci(TM) technology to generate high performance digital video processing and provide accurate, real-time vehicle and incident detection. ISS was able to create this new generation of advanced, intelligent Autoscope products for use in transportation systems with the DaVinci technology portfolio of products, including the processors, software and development tools.

Global Unichip Adopts Altos’ Liberate Characterization Library
Altos Design Automation Inc. announced that Global Unichip Corporation, a dedicated full service SoC (System On Chip) Design Foundry based in Taiwan, has adopted its library characterization product, Liberate. Global Unichip, which provides design solutions ranging from silicon-proven intellectual property (IPs) to complex system-on-chip designs, is using Liberate to re-characterize 90nm low power standard cell library at a lower supply voltage. The re-characterized library is to be applied to portable applications.

Link for Analog Devices VisualDSP++ Integrates with MATLAB, Simulink
The MathWorks, Inc. and Analog Devices, Inc. introduced Link for Analog Devices VisualDSP++(R), which integrates MATLAB(R) and Simulink(R) with the Analog Devices VisualDSP++(R) integrated development and debugging software environment. Link for Analog Devices VisualDSP++, which is sold and supported by The MathWorks, lets engineers verify embedded code running on VisualDSP++ using MATLAB and generate VisualDSP++ projects from Simulink models. The tool accelerates development and verification of signal processing and control algorithms on Analog Devices processors by reducing or eliminating errors associated with hand coding.

Innovasic Semiconductor Joins Open DeviceNet Vendors Association
Innovasic Semiconductor, a leader in long life-cycle semiconductor solutions, announced that the company has become a member of the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA), whose principal members include Cisco Systems, Eaton Electrical, Omron Corp, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric.

RedNeurons Launches Peta-scale Embedded HPC Platform
RedNeurons (Shanghai) Information Technology Co., Ltd. announced the completion of the Tensor MPU2016 High Performance Embedded HPC technology demonstration and development platform. RedNeurons’ technology plan is designed to increase computing density in energy and space and to reduce the cost per Giga-flop/sec for the fastest supercomputers, currently ranging between 500 to 1500 US dollars, to less than half this amount before the end of 2009.

Army Secretary to Keynote RoboBusiness Conference
Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing, Inc., announced that Claude Bolton, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Department of the Army, will deliver the opening keynote address at the fourth annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition. RoboBusiness 2007, the international business development event for the mobile robotics and intelligent systems industry, taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on May 15-16, 2007.