News – 2007.05.09 – Late Edition

USB Cellular Modems to Exceed 22 Million Units
Since the end of 2006, several modem vendors have launched, or announced development of, USB cellular modems. A new study from ABI Research reveals a growing and increasingly competitive market and forecasts shipments of these modems in excess of 22 million by 2012.

ST Creates Customizable Mixed-Signal Chip for Motion, Power Management
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) unveiled the industry’s first IC with a complete set of configurable and customizable analog functions that represent a market-unique solution for printer, fax, and point-of-sale system applications. The new device, called the Structured Architecture of Bridges and Regulators (S.A.B.Re(TM)), combines low development costs and short time-to-market with maximum flexibility.

Sierra Design to Host Luncheon Panel at DAC
Sierra Design Automation, Inc., the technology leader in variability-driven IC place & route solutions, announced that the company will be hosting a luncheon panel “65/45nm Design Challenges – A Designer’s Perspective” featuring AMD, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) held on June 4 – 8, 2007 in San Diego, California.

Moxa Unveils VPort 351 Industrial Video Encoder for Video Surveillance
Moxa Technologies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Industrial Ethernet products, recently announced the release of the VPort 351, an industrial video encoder that features an industrial-grade rugged design, good transmission efficiency, and high reliability. The VPort 351 is a high performance, 1-channel industrial video encoder that provides up to full D1 resolution @ 30 FPS and supports a dual MJPEG4/MJPEG algorithm, making it especially well suited for use with distributed surveillance systems in critical industrial applications. In addition, a continuous pre/post event trigger video record function can help system administrators determine why an alarm was triggered. The 2-way audio is provided for the convenience of real-time communication between system administrators located at the central site, and engineers in the field.

Samsung Creates Chipset for HD Radio Receiver
Samsung Electro Mechanics, a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced that it plans to introduce a new chipset for use in portable and home HD Radio receivers. Samsung, which had previously become an iBiquity Digital IC development partner, anticipates that samples of the chipset will be available before the end of the 2007 with production anticipated for the first quarter of 2008.

Kontron Announces ETXexpress-MC COM Express Module
Kontron announced its latest addition to the family of ETXexpress(R) Computer-On-Modules – the Kontron ETXexpress-MC. Built around the Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor (up to 2.2GHz) and Intel’s latest 965GM Express chipset that is part of the fourth generation of Intel’s Centrino notebook platform, the new Kontron ETXexpress-MC will offer optimized graphics features and will be the most robust and power-efficient COM Express solution.

LED Flash to Grow at 23% CAAGR Through 2011
The new Strategy Analytics update on LED demand from cellular handsets, “LED Demand from Cellular Handsets: 2006-2011 LED Demand from Cellular Handsets: 2006-2011,” forecasts that LED flash will grow at a CAAGR of 23% through 2011 even though overall LED revenues from cellular handsets will decline. Backlighting applications will produce 63 percent of total LED revenue in 2011.

Mercury Provides SIP for MONARCH Supercomputer on a Chip
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it has provided silicon intellectual property (SIP) to Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for the development of the MONARCH (Morphable Networked Micro-Architecture) fully programmable, system-on-a-chip-processor.

DDC-I Joins EDGE Warfighter Systems Initiative
DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, announced it has joined forces with General Dynamics and other industry leaders in a collaboration initiative called the EDGE(TM) designed to enhance the delivery cycle of warfighter technology and capabilities. The EDGE is sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), which is providing the laboratory for developing and testing new and emerging technologies.