News – 2007.08.13

RF Micro Devices Acquires Sirenza Microdevices
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, and Sirenza Microdevices (Nasdaq: SMDI), a supplier of radio frequency (RF) components, announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement.

Low-Power, Low-Overhead, High-Fidelity Digital Sound for SOCs Webcast
Tensilica, Inc., will present a live webcast, “Low-Power, Low-Overhead, High Fidelity Digital Sound for SOCs,” discussing how most consumer products must support multiple codecs and offer a broad range of audio-enhancement features. All of these factors have resulted in a high demand for a flexible, high-performance, low-power audio engine that adds digital-sound capabilities to an SOC with the least amount of design effort and a small on-chip footprint. This online seminar presents a proven way to add low-power, low-overhead, high-fidelity audio to SOC designs.

MontaVista, Ultimate Solutions Demonstrate Embedded Linux Kernel Debugging
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, and Ultimate Solutions, Inc., a leading supplier of JTAG probes, will present a free educational webinar showcasing embedded Linux development and debugging. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time (1:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time).

SolidWorks 3D CAD Software VARs Host Seminars
SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software resellers will conduct hundreds of seminars around the world for SolidWorks users and non-users to demonstrate the productivity-boosting enhancements in SolidWorks 2008 and showcase other SolidWorks products. Discovery Days seminars allow non-users to see how they can explore different product development approaches and design better products.

Insyde Announces InsydeDIY EFI Firmware for Intel Embedded Architecture
Insyde Software, a provider of UEFI-based firmware, BIOS and engineering services, announced the availability of its royalty-free InsydeDIY(TM) EFI firmware solution for the Intel(R) Xeon processor and Intel(R) 3100 chipset development kit. This announcement extends Insyde’s coverage of Intel’s embedded architecture roadmap with InsydeDIY. The company’s InsydeH2O(TM) flagship product, a complete UEFI Framework solution, supports the entire Intel embedded silicon family. The new InsydeDIY(TM) firmware solution will be available at the end of August 2007.

Renesas Creates SuperH 90nm Microcontroller with On-chip Flash Memory
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the addition of a new microcontroller (MCU) in the popular the 32-bit SuperH family: the SH72546RFCC, the industry’s first MCU with on-chip flash memory built with a 90-nm (nanometer) process node. The device is optimized for the development of control programs for automobile engines, transmissions, and other systems that require real-time control capabilities. It achieves an industry top-level operating speed of 200MHz in the high-temperature environment (up to 125°C) required for automotive applications. In addition, the device’s on-chip flash memory capacity is among the largest currently offered — 3.75 Mbytes — enough to store cutting-edge high-precision real-time control algorithms.

ARC Unveils 5 VRaptor Video Subsystems with Dynamic Adaptive Encoding
ARC International (LSE:ARK) set a new standard for high-quality video encoding with the introduction of five new members of the ARC(R) Video Subsystem family: AV 417V, AV 407V, AV406V, AV 404V, and AV 402V. All include ARC’s new patent-pending technology “dynamic adaptive encoding” that enables encoding of video streams at the lowest power. The products are capable of encoding and decoding up to Standard Definition resolution video using advanced video coding standards such as H.264. The AV 417V is already shipping to customers; all are now available for licensing by companies worldwide.

Texas Instruments Rolls Out CC1101 Sub-1GHz RF Transceiver
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a sub-1GHz radio-frequency (RF) transceiver featuring low-power consumption, high integration and excellent RF performance. The CC1101 targets low-power wireless applications in alarm and security, automatic meter reading, industrial monitoring and control, and home and building automation. The CC1101 is an improved performance, code-compatible version of TI’s successful CC1100 sub-1GHz RF transceiver.

Winbond Introduces W681308 Audio Controller for VoIP, Skype
Winbond Electronics Corporation America introduced a new highly integrated USB audio controller for the fastest growing area of the VoIP telephony market. The W681308 can be designed in all application segments of a Skype(TM) or other PC-based VoIP system and substantially speeds design time and time-to-market, increases system reliability and significantly lowers system cost.

L-3 Link Selects Quantum3D Independence Image Generator Solutions
Quantum3D(R), Inc., a leading provider of COTS, open architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced that L-3 Communications Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) has selected Quantum3D Independence(R) IDX 2500 ER Image Generator Solutions as part of the upgrades that L-3 Link is performing on the P-3C Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT) for the U.S. Navy.

Innovative Silicon Licenses Z-RAM Memory to Hynix for DRAM Chips
Innovative Silicon Inc. (ISi), the developer of Z-RAM(R) high-density memory intellectual property (IP), and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (KRX:HynixSemi) announced that Hynix has agreed to license ISi’s Z-RAM for use in its DRAM chips. Z-RAM-based DRAMs will use a single transistor bitcell – rather than a combination of transistors and capacitor elements – representing the first fundamental DRAM bitcell change since the invention of the DRAM in the early 1970s. Hynix has received the first-mover opportunity to bring Z-RAM to the DRAM market; and to ensure this advantage, the two companies have committed considerable engineering resources to work side-by-side on the program.