News – 2007.05.20

AXIOM Design Automation Acquires SysChip Design Technologies
AXIOM Design Automation announces the acquisition of SysChip Design Technologies, a privately held verification tools and services company, headquartered in Bangalore, India. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Toshiba Publishes Multiple-Voltage Domain White Paper
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, announced the publication of a new Pointers & Pitfalls technical paper entitled “Impact of Multiple-Voltage Domain (Multi-VDD) Design Implementation on Large, Complex SoCs.”

IPextreme, Freescale Host Power Architecture e200 Core Webinar
IPextreme(R) Inc., a semiconductor intellectual property (IP) licensing company, announced that it will co-host a web seminar with Freescale Semiconductor to demonstrate integration strategies specific to e200 cores built on Power Architecture(TM) technology now available through IPextreme.

VDC Releases Merchant AdvancedTCA Integrated Platforms Report
Deployment of merchant AdvancedTCA (ATCA) integrated platforms, configured as full systems, is beginning to increase its growth and momentum. Venture Development Corporation discusses this improving momentum, the implications and market acceptance and forecasts, in its recently released report, AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA Components and Solutions: Global Market Demand Analysis, 2nd Edition.

Fairchild Files Patent Lawsuit Against Alpha & Omega
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Ltd. (AOS). Fairchild alleges that AOS power transistor products infringe at least four Fairchild U.S. patents, including Nos. 6,429,481; 6,521,497; 6,710,406; and 6,828,195. Fairchild seeks money damages as well as an injunction preventing AOS from selling or importing infringing AOS products into the United States.

PLDA Rolls Out PCI Express Gen II IP Solution
PLDA, the industry leader in the high-speed bus IP market, announced that they are releasing their PCI Express Gen II IP solution, and have secured an ASIC design-win from a leading fabless company. The PCI Express Generation II product from PLDA features double the transfer speed – up to 5Gb/s – while maintaining the same quality, backward-compatibility, and ease of integration inherent in PLDA’s PCI Express products. Already the Gartner-ranked number one supplier of PCI-related IP cores, this announcement firmly positions PLDA as the leader in the deep submicron PCIe architecture space. A complete test chip for PLDA’s Generation II IP will be available to third parties beginning Q1 2008.

Performance Technologies Unveils PICMG 2.16 Embedded Ethernet Switch
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: PTIX), a leading developer of communication platforms and systems, introduced the CPC6620, the most advanced PICMG(R) 2.16 embedded Ethernet switch on the market. Featuring 24 10/100/1000 Mb switch ports, two 10Gb uplink ports and support for IPv6 routing, it is the latest addition to Performance Technologies’ line of award-winning switches and is a key component of the company’s complete line of high availability Advanced Managed Platform(TM) solutions.

O2 Patent Claims Found Invalid Against Monolithic Power Systems
Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) (Nasdaq: MPWR), a leading fabless manufacturer of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced that the jury from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California returned a verdict that all of the patent claims asserted by O2 Micro International (Nasdaq: OIIM) against MPS are invalid. The jury further found that none of the accused MPS CCFL inverter controllers — including the MP1010, 1011 and 1015 product families — literally infringes O2 Micro’s patent (U.S. patent number 6,396,722). While two patent claims (claims 12 and 14) were found to infringe under the so-called doctrine of equivalents, the jury also found all asserted claims (including claim 12 and 14) to be invalid.

Grandis Unveils Magnetic Tunnel Junction Fab for STT-RAM
Grandis Inc., the pioneer in spin-transfer torque memory (STT-RAM) development, announced the first magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) fabrication facility (Fab) in the United States dedicated to STT-RAM memory technology. MTJs are the building blocks of STT- RAM, and the new Fab represents a major step toward establishing STT-RAM as the leading universal memory solution. A multi-million dollar investment, the Fab focuses on STT-RAM research and development (R&D). It began operation last month and is currently in production of qualification wafers.

Maxscend Creates Smallest DAB/T-DMB Demodulator
China based mobile TV fabless design start-up Maxscend Technologies Inc. announced the industry’s smallest DAB/T-DMB demodulator with lowest power consumption, MXD0120. Housed in a compact 5mmX5mm BGA package, the MXD0120 has a worst-case power consumption of 18mW during full channel capacity reception. Size and power consumption are among the most important factors in the design of handheld devices. Designed with MXD0120, a mobile TV enabled system can achieve a minimum physical dimension and an extended battery life.

Agilent Unveils Exerciser x16, Slot Interposer Probing Solution
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced the industry’s first exerciser x16 and slot interposer probing solution for its E2960B Series for PCI Express(r) (PCIe) 2.0. The Agilent E2960B Series now addresses the industry’s need for a scalable and integrated analyzer and exerciser solution that provides non-intrusive measurement of PCIe signals, generic stimulus and cross-system analysis across all link widths and speed classes of PCI Express 1.0 and 2.0.

Gary Smith EDA to Present at DAC
Gary Smith EDA (GSEDA) will host a reception followed by 4 provocative presentations by Tom Starnes, Mary Olsson, Daya Nadamuni and Gary Smith. Gary Smith EDA will continue its DAC’s traditional by reporting the latest industry trends and information that affects design flow. Presenters will discuss.

Fastrax Appoints CEO, President, Sales and Marketing Director
Fastrax Ltd., the provider of programmable iTrax GPS receivers as well as open and portable iSuite OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments, announced new appointments in the company’s executive team. Taneli Tuurnala, M.Sc (Eng) has been appointed President and CEO of Fastrax starting April 23rd, 2007. Previously, Mr. Tuurnala served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Fastrax. Fredrik Borgström, M.Sc (Econ) has been appointed Director, Sales & Marketing. Mr. Borgström previously served as EMEA Sales Director at Fastrax.

UK Director to Keynotes Train Communications Systems
Clive Burrows, the man in charge of providing specialist advice to the UK Government in the fields of railway engineering, safety, research and development, is to give the keynote opening address at the forthcoming WiFi on trains conference – Train Communications Systems 2007. Burrows, who has been the Director of Technical & Professional in the Department for Transport’s Rail and National Networks Group since 2005, will address train operators from all over the world as they gather in London to discuss progress in providing passengers and rail staff with on-board internet connections.