News – 2007.06.25 – Late Edition

Atmel Introduces Customizable Microcontroller with ARM7 Core
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced that it has extended its CAP family of customizable microcontroller-based System-on-a-Chip products with an ARM7 core. The new CAP7 customizable microcontroller is architecturally compatible with Atmel’s broad range of off-the-shelf ARM7-based MCUs and incorporates metal programmable cell fabric (MPCF) technology to integrate up to 450K equivalent ASIC gates in a metal programmable block for custom logic netlist conversion. Atmel’s flexible design flow allows an easy conversion path from FPGA netlist to the metal programmable block.

National Drives Video Experience in Handheld Multimedia Devices
Seven new display, audio and power management products from National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) enable energy-efficient video in handheld devices such as mobile phones, portable media players and new converged devices that feature phone and media playback functions. The new products perform the “magic” of converting digital data into captivating real-world sights and sounds in the critical subsystems that enable video playback.

Agilent Debuts Verification Toolkit for Signal Integrity Design
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry’s first integrated verification toolkit for signal integrity design. Intended for use with Agilent’s industry-leading Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software platform, the new toolkit identifies and analyzes sources of performance-degrading jitter in multi-Gigabit communication link designs. It helps designers find and remove the causes of jitter before hardware prototyping begins, eliminating costly redesign later in the development cycle.

Magma Enhances Statistical Static Timing Analysis Methodology
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a supplier of semiconductor design software, announced an enhanced statistical static timing analysis (SSTA) methodology that is tuned to TSMC’s 65-nanometer (nm) process. The methodology is based on Magma’s Quartz(TM) SSTA and expands the capabilities offered in TSMC Reference Flow 7.0. This advanced methodology now supports global (inter-die) and random (intra-cell) process variations, composite current source (CCS) models, statistical leakage analysis and statistical optimization as validated in TSMC Reference Flow 8.0. In addition, TSMC now provides Magma with rules to enable statistical extraction and worst-scenario RC analysis. The two companies have worked together for nearly two years developing and qualifying this methodology. The benefits include reduced risk, improved quality of results (QoR), more robust designs, faster turnaround time and a vastly simplified sign-off flow.

Handset Navigation Challenges Personal Navigation Devices
2007 is shaping up to be the year that mapping and navigation applications truly arrive on mobile handsets, reports In-Stat. For approximately US$10 per month, handset navigation offers similar, if not superior, functionality to Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs), at a lower price, the high-tech market research firm says.

Atmel Announces New secureAVR Microcontroller
Atmel(R)Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the introduction of its AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller in replacement of its present AT90SC6404RT chip. The additional ROM memory in the device allows customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market and makes this chip perfectly suited for cost sensitive applications such as low end contact bank cards.

TSMC Targets Magma QuickCap NX for Parasitic Extraction
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) announced that TSMC (NYSE: TSM) has selected QuickCap(R) NX for parasitic extraction and designated it as the deviation comparison target for RC extraction tools on special pattern structures and real design samples such as critical nets. TSMC has qualified QuickCap NX technology files for its 65-nanometer (nm), 90-nm and 0.13-micron process technologies. TSMC customers can access the files through the secured TSMC website if they have an account or by contacting their TSMC representative.

Magma Quartz RC Extraction Technology Files Receive TSMC Qualification
Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that TSMC has qualified Quartz(TM) RC extraction technology files for 65-nanometer (nm), 90-nm and 0.13-micron designs. With Quartz RC and the Magma Blast and Talus(TM) RTL-to-GDSII systems, designers can address new variables prevalent in nanometer designs to deliver the required level of accuracy. TSMC customers can access the files through the secured TSMC website if they have an account or by contacting their TSMC representative.

QNX Supports Freescale Multi-Core Communications Platform
QNX Software Systems, a leading provider of operating systems, protocol stacks, and development tools for networking equipment manufacturers, announced planned support for the new Freescale Multi-Core Communications Platform. This platform, in combination with QNX’s industry leading multi-core support, will enable developers to fully realize the performance inherent in next-generation multi-core processors.

VDC Analyzes IBM’s Acquisition of Telelogic
IBM (NYSE:IBM) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Telelogic AB (Nordic Exchange/MidCap/ TLOG) at an offer price of 21 Swedish Kronor per share or approximately US $745 million, subject to regulatory reviews and other customary closing conditions. Telelogic AB is a public company headquartered in Malmo, Sweden. Upon completion of the acquisition (expected to close Q3 2007), Telelogic will be a business line within the IBM Rational Software unit.

OpenCable Platform to Support Intel Consumer Electronics Products
Intel Corporation and CableLabs, the technology consortium of cable operators, announced that the two companies have signed an OpenCable Platform Agreement and will include support for the OpenCable Platform in future Intel consumer electronic (CE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) products. Incorporating support for OpenCable allows digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital media recorders and other networked consumer electronics devices to run standard applications and services delivered by cable operators, consumer electronics companies, program networks, and other software developers.

Mobile Software Management Report Reveals Opportunities
VisionMobile, a market know-how firm delivering industry research and strategic advisory to the wireless sector, announced the findings of a new research report titled, “Mobile Software Management: Advancements and Opportunities in Service Delivery.” The report unveils significant cost savings and revenue streams available to operators and handset manufacturers by using Mobile Software Management (MSM) to overcome many of the commercial challenges in handset software development and service delivery today.

Archetype, Stellar Create Hybrid Satellite, Cellular Communicator
Archetype, Inc., a global provider of complete GSM asset tracking and management solutions in the machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplace, announced that it has joined forces with Stellar Satellite Communications, a leading manufacturer of satellite modems for the ORBCOMM satellite network, to develop and market a new line of hybrid products and related services for the worldwide M2M industry. The products will use both satellite and cellular phone networks for GPS-based vehicle tracking.

Infineon Acquires TI’s DSL Customer Premises Equipment Business
Infineon Technologies (NYSE:IFX) (FWB:IFX) announced the planned acquisition of Texas Instruments’ DSL Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) business. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2007. Texas Instruments is a well-established provider of DSL CPE products with field deployments at major carriers worldwide.