News – 2007.05.08

Exar Merges with Sipex
Exar Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAR) and Sipex Corporation (Nasdaq: SIPX) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Sipex stockholders will receive 0.6679 of a share of Exar for each share of Sipex. Exar stockholders will own approximately 67.6% and Sipex stockholders will own approximately 32.4% of Exar after completion of the transaction, which assumes conversion to stock of outstanding Sipex debt and related warrants. Ralph Schmitt, Sipex chief executive officer, will become the chief executive officer of Exar. Interim chief executive officer and chairman, Richard L. Leza, will continue as chairman of the board of directors.

Altera Rolls Out Arria GX Transceiver-Based FPGAs
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) extended their leadership in the transceiver-based FPGA market with the introduction of the low-cost Arria(TM) GX family. Arria GX FPGAs are optimized to support PCI Express (PCIe), Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Serial RapidIO(TM) (SRIO) standards up to 2.5 Gbps; these standards are rapidly emerging as mainstream protocols in a wide variety of markets and applications. Features of the Arria GX family include the proven Stratix(R) II GX transceiver technology, flip-chip packages for superior signal integrity, software tools and verified intellectual property (IP) cores. To immediately start designing with Arria GX devices, customers can utilize Quartus(R) II design software version 7.1. Volume production begins in June of this year.

TI Samples Microcontrollers for One- and Multi-phase Metering
As utility companies adopt electronic-based meter reading technology to reduce costs while offering new services and energy-saving consumer options, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the sampling of its 16 MHz MSP430F47×4 ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCU) for one- and multi-phase metering. By integrating up to four individual 16-bit sigma delta analog to digital converters (ADCs), a 32×32-bit hardware multiplier, a 160 segment LCD driver with contrast control, up to 60 KB of flash memory and a real time clock (RTC), the F47×4 devices enable a five-to-one reduction in system components. TI’s utility metering portfolio also includes devices targeted at water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for automated meter reading (AMR).

Altera Quartus II Compiles 2x Faster, Shrink Memory Footprint by Half
Designers can achieve more than 2X faster compile times and half the memory footprint of the nearest high-end FPGA by using Altera Corporation’s (NASDAQ: ALTR) Quartus(R) II software version 7.1, the company announced. This new software version continues Altera’s leadership in delivering the highest levels of performance and productivity. Customers can also begin designing today for the entire Arria(TM) GX FPGA family in both the Subscription Edition and Web Edition of Quartus II software.

Mentor Enhances 0-In Clock Domain Crossing, Formal Verification
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the immediate availability of version 2.5 of the 0-In(R) Clock Domain Crossing (CDC) and Formal Verification products. This new release includes significant technology enhancements allowing customers to apply advanced assertion-based verification techniques across a wider range of design types more efficiently. Specifically, the enhancements deliver increased performance and capacity to enable a more rapid means of finding and correcting critical bugs prior to committing designs to silicon. Moreover, through a much improved graphical analysis and debug environment customers can be more productive in resolving the toughest bugs in their chips.

Strategic Test Offers Dual Time Base Option for UltraFast Digitizers
Strategic Test has introduced a new dual time base option for its line of UltraFast(TM) Oscilloscope/Digitizer PCI cards. Called the ABA Mode, this allows the cards to be configured for slow continuous recording, similar to a data logger, switch to high-speed sampling on detection of the trigger event, and then return to slow recording until the next trigger event.

Digi, Sensible Vision Add Facial Recognition to Watchport Camera
Sensible Vision, the innovator of continuous authentication, and Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced the integration of Sensible Vision’s FastAccess(TM) facial recognition software with Digi’s Watchport(R) high-performance USB cameras. The Watchport/FastAccess bundled solution gives organizations continuous information protection with fast and accurate authentication and eliminates cumbersome passwords and security procedures.

TruSurround HD Ports to Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine
Tensilica(R), Inc. and SRS Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRSL) announced that SRS Labs has ported its TruSurround HD(TM) virtual sound audio technology to Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine for Xtensa processors and the Diamond Standard 330HiFi Audio Processor. SRS TruSurround HD is ideal for designers of system-on-chip (SOC) devices for the midrange and high-end digital television and digital home entertainment markets. Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine is the most popular commercial audio processor core for SOC designs, and this year Tensilica’s customers are forecasting they will ship 100 million HiFi Audio Engine enabled processor cores in a wide variety of consumer devices.

Xilinx Achieves Production Qualification of 90nm Spartan-3A FPGAs
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic device (PLD) provider, announced production qualification of its entire line of 90nm I/O optimized Spartan(TM)-3A platform. This includes all five devices of the Spartan-3A platform including the XC3S50A, XC3S200A, XC3S400A, XC3S700A, and XC3S1400A devices.

Mentor Graphics Offers Synthesis Support for Altera Arria GX FPGAs
Mentor Graphics Corporation, (NASDAQ: MENT), announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Arria GX field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Altera Corporation. Both companies have been in close cooperation to ensure Precision(R) Synthesis support for the full range of Arria GX devices with release 2007a3.

VMETRO to OEM, Distribute AdvancedIO’s 10GbE Products
VMETRO, Inc, a leading provider of high performance signal and data processing boards and subsystems and AdvancedIO Systems, Inc., the technology leader in configurable, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity solutions for embedded systems, announced that they have signed a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and distribution agreement. Under the terms of the OEM agreement, AdvancedIO’s flexible technology will become the basis for 10GbE connectivity in VMETRO’s integrated systems sold worldwide. In addition, VMETRO will distribute and support stand-alone AdvancedIO products in North America; VMETRO and its subsidiaries VSYSTEMS will be the exclusive distributors of AdvancedIO products in Europe.

Portable Consumer Devices Double Xilinx’s CPLD Revenues
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced double digit growth in CPLD revenues, driven by strong growth in portable consumer applications such as PDAs, cell phones, and MP3 players. The Xilinx CoolRunner(TM)-II family of low-power CPLDs grew 30 percent quarter-to-quarter, thanks to their solid reputation in the industry as the leading low-cost, low-power CPLD.

Electric Cloud Joins Symbian Platinum Program
Electric Cloud has announced that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to further support the growing Symbian ecosystem with Electric Cloud’s award-winning software production management solutions. Electric Cloud’s technology is designed to accelerate software builds, enabling Symbian smartphone manufacturers to deliver new phones to market faster with pre-integrated, high-quality applications.