News – 2007.06.27 – Late Edition

IEEE 1394 FireWire to Decline in 2009
IEEE 1394 faces major challenges, and its market share is stagnating, reports In-Stat. The peak year for 1394 devices is expected to be 2008, and a slow decline will set in beginning in 2009, the high-tech market research firm says. IEEE 1394 (1394), also called FireWire or i.Link, is a high-speed serial bus specification found primarily in three markets: PCs, PC peripherals, and Consumer Electronics.

Semiconductor Materials to Grow by Over 10% in 2007
Coming off its third consecutive record breaking year, the global semiconductor materials market is expected to grow over 10 percent in 2007, and is forecasted to grow another 10 percent in 2008 according to SEMI’s latest materials forecast. This growth is being driven by the record amount of semiconductor devices being manufactured and advanced materials consumed in fabricating and packaging those devices.

Agilent Unveils Antenna Modeling Design System for Wireless Appliance
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the release of its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), a 3D, dedicated design, modeling and verification tool for antenna systems and placement. Based on proven electromagnetic (EM) technology that Agilent acquired in September 2006, AMDS reduces design and quality risks by simulating the entire wireless appliance together with its environment. It assures compliance with regulatory and operator demands such as over-the-air performance and SAR (specific absorption rate). It also analyses antenna diversity for MIMO (multiple-in-multiple-out).

Freescale Licenses Hantro’s Multi-Format Hardware Video Codecs
Freescale Semiconductor and Hantro have signed an agreement to license Hantro’s Multi-format hardware video codecs. The combination of Freescale’s system on chip solutions and Hantro’s codecs is expected to provide mobile handset users a feature rich video experience with high performance capabilities and low power consumption.

Roamware Receives Patent for Multimodal Communication Technology
Roamware Inc, the global leader in roaming and mobile connectivity announced the grant of the United States Government Seminal Patent ‘Method and System for Wireless Voice Channel and Data Channel Integration’ which demonstrates a system and method for wireless communications, fusing interactive digital content into voice calls.

Synopsys, UMC Port Mixed-Signal Connectivity IP to 90nm, 65nm Process
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that it has teamed with UMC to port the Synopsys DesignWare(R) USB 2.0, PCI Express, SATA and XAUI PHY semiconductor intellectual property (IP) to UMC’s 90-nanometer (nm) and 65-nm technologies. The DesignWare PHYs are highly complex, process-tuned analog interfaces used in today’s high-volume, high-value consumer, computer, storage and networking SoCs. The DesignWare PHY IP provides 90- and 65-nm implementations of popular high-speed derail communications protocols, helping reduce risk, speeding time-to-market, and ensuring a more predictable path to silicon success.

ST Digital Broadcasting Chipset Broadcasts SIRIUS Backseat TV
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced it is providing the digital broadcasting chipset for SIRIUS Backseat TV(TM), a ground-breaking TV service that delivers live TV from the best family TV programmers directly to vehicles. SIRIUS Backseat TV will be launched later this year in select 2008 model Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge vehicles.

Atheros Tapes Out 802.11n Chipsets with Cadence Encounter
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that Atheros Communications, Inc. used the Cadence(R) Encounter(R) Timing System for power signoff and Encounter RTL Compiler with global synthesis and physical layout estimation (PLE), to design the new Atheros AR9001 series of 802.11n chipsets. The AR9001 offers Atheros customers a wide range of price, performance and form factors, enabling fast penetration of the growing 802.11n market.

Toshiba Selects Berkeley Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits, announced that Toshiba Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of semiconductors for consumer electronics, has adopted the company’s Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. With Analog FastSPICE, Toshiba’s design teams can now complete analog circuit verification tasks that were previously impractical or impossible. They have also reduced multi-day and multi-hour simulation runtimes by at least 10x against multi-core simulators while maintaining full SPICE accuracy.