News – 2007.06.28

Magnum Semiconductor Acquires Consumer Products Business from LSI
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) and Magnum Semiconductor, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Magnum will acquire the LSI consumer products business in a transaction to be funded by private equity investment. The combination of each company’s consumer products portfolio is expected to allow Magnum to strengthen its position as a leading provider of chips, software and platforms for consumer entertainment systems. The sale of the consumer products business will enable LSI to focus its investments on its core businesses in the storage, networking and mobility market segments. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter and is not subject to regulatory approval. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

CSR RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk Reference Design Features Echo Cancellation
CSR plc announced that it has enhanced the attributes of its RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk through an integrated echo cancellation feature. Available now, RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk is a ready engineered, fully interoperable reference design supplying OEMs and ODMs with a customisable package from which to create a low cost Bluetooth handsfree kit. The implementation of the integrated echo cancellation feature further boosts this already proven design, and provides greater enhanced sound quality whilst in the automotive cabin environment.

ST Introduces Front-End Measurement ICs for Low-End Energy Meters
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world’s leading broad-line semiconductor suppliers, introduced a new family of energy-metering ICs that incorporate all of the core circuitry necessary to implement a complete meter system without requiring any other active component. The STPM1x family, measuring active energy as pulse frequency output and featuring fast digital calibration, provides electronic meter manufacturers with a complete, cost-effective series of power-metering chips specifically designed for low-end applications.

embWiSe Ports Linux SDIOWorx to TI DaVinci DM6446, DM350 Platforms
embWiSe Technologies Pvt.Ltd. — a start-up in Chennai, India — has announced support for its Linux SDIOWorx package on Texas Instruments’ DaVinci DM6446 and DM350 Host Processor platforms.

Aeroflex Adds G.703 Interface Pod Option to FB100A Bit Error Rate Tester
With the addition of the new G.703 Interface Pod option, the Aeroflex FB100A bit error rate tester can now test a wide range of standardised telecommunications interfaces (from T1 at 1.544 Mbit/s to STS-3 and STM-1 at 155.52 Mbit/s). This improvement greatly increases the variety of equipment on which bit error rate measurements and noise/error characterisation can be made.

LinuxWorld Conference Features Mobile Linux
IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events around the globe has announced a series of conference programming and sponsored Developer Days dedicated to Mobile Linux at this year’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R). Leading mobile phone and embedded systems players including ACCESS, Motorola and Palm are showing their commitment to further the adoption of mobile Linux with strong presences at LinuxWorld(R). LinuxWorld, the largest and most comprehensive event that focuses exclusively Linux and open source, is scheduled to take place August 6-9, 2007 at the Moscone Center.

Over 180,000 Buildings to to Go Wireless by 2011
For many of us, the most productive times of our days, when communications are critical, are spent indoors. This reality, as well as increasing usage of 3G wireless data services, is creating a growing demand for better in-building coverage, according to a recent report from ABI Research.

PixArt Imaging Adopts Silicon Canvas Laker L3 for Custom IC Design
Silicon Canvas, Inc. the technology leader in custom layout solutions, announced that PixArt Imaging Inc. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 3227), the leading global provider of CMOS image sensor SoCs (System-On-a-Chip) and related application semiconductors, has selected Laker L3 as the standard full custom layout tool for its image sensor IC designs, and image-processing algorithm IC designs.

InPhase Selects Cypress CMOS sensor for Holographic Data Storage Drive
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that it has partnered with InPhase Technologies, the world’s leader in holographic data storage, to supply a CMOS image sensor solution for InPhase’s Tapestry(TM) holographic data storage system.