News – 2007.08.01 – Late Edition

Nethra Imaging Debuts 3.2-Megapixel Image Processor with JPEG Encoder
Nethra Imaging has announced its second generation smart camera chips, now available in the industry’s smallest package for low power, handheld consumer devices. The NI-2065/66 programmable image processor family can be integrated into camera module designs and handsets, providing consumers with “print quality” images from less expensive optics and digital still camera-like functionality from their mobile devices.

Curtiss-Wright Acquires Benshaw Advanced Controls for $102 Million
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that it has acquired the stock of Benshaw Advanced Controls & Drives, of Pittsburgh, PA, for approximately $102 million in cash. Benshaw is a market leader in the design, development and manufacture of mission critical motor control and protection product solutions for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and industrial customers. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright’s Flow Control segment.

QUALCOMM Tapes Out Chip with 45 Nanometer Process
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) announced that its first chip leveraging 45 nanometer (nm) process technology has taped out. The next milestone in CMOS semiconductor manufacturing, 45 nm technology enables chips that feature higher speeds, lower power consumption and enhanced integration with reduced die cost by providing more die per wafer.

Agilent Unveils 4 PXIT Modules for Optical Transceiver Manufacturing
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced four next-generation PXIT modules for optical transceiver manufacturing. The PXIT family, unique in the manufacturing test industry for having both a combined bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA), now provides double the bit-rate coverage and improved performance.

NEC, Solomon Systech Test Interoperability of LCD Drivers, Bridges
NEC Electronics Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions for mobile devices, and Solomon Systech Limited, a world leader in advanced display IC technology and a Contributor Member in the MIPI Alliance, announced an agreement by the two companies to test the interoperability of liquid crystal display (LCD) driver ICs and bridge ICs for mobile phones based on the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Display Serial Interface (DSI) specification. Verification of the ICs will enable mobile phone manufacturers to easily develop application-rich handsets in accordance with the MIPI DSI specification.

QUALCOMM Licenses OFDM/OFDMA Technology to Exoteq
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and Exoteq Aps, a mobile broadband solutions developer based in Denmark, announced the companies have signed a new, commercial OFDM/OFDMA license agreement. Under the terms of the worldwide, royalty-bearing agreement, QUALCOMM has granted Exoteq a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell subscriber unit and modem card products for high-speed mobile broadband access based on OFDM/OFDMA technologies, including QUALCOMM’s FLASH-OFDM(R) technology. The royalties payable by Exoteq are at QUALCOMM’s standard OFDM/OFDMA rates.

Kettering University ECE Department Receives Tools from Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ:MENT), a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) with its U.S. headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon, provided Kettering University in Flint, Mich., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Dept. with a suite of software used to model, simulate, verify and synthesize electronic systems. These tools enable students to design and analyze distributed mechatronic systems before they are manufactured.