Infineon Acquires LSI Mobility Products Group for $450 Million
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its mobility products business to Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) for $450 million in cash, plus a performance-based payment of up to $50 million payable in the first quarter of 2009. The sale is the result of a strategic review within LSI of its business portfolio following its merger with Agere Systems on April 2, 2007. LSI expects to benefit from the sale by realigning its resources to pursue growth opportunities for its storage systems and storage and networking semiconductor businesses.
Long Term Evolution, Ultra Mobile Broadband, WiMAX Key to Wireless 4G
Although an official definition of wireless 4G technology will not be released until the 2008/2009 timeframe in the form of the ITU’s IMT-Advanced requirements, there are already clear contenders for the designation, reports In-Stat. The primary 4G technologies of the future are expected to be Long Term Evolution (LTE), Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB), and IEEE 802.16m WiMAX, the high-tech market research firm says.
Agilent Updates Antenna Modeling Design with Hearing-Aid Compatibility
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced the next release of its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), now containing new capabilities to verify that handheld wireless devices are equipped with hearing-aid compatibility. This is the second release of AMDS, Agilent’s newest EM simulation tool dedicated to modeling and verifying antennas and antenna systems. The software helps to meet performance specifications and reduce design risks in handheld wireless devices.
Samsung 1.8-Inch Hard Disk Drives Dominate Mobile Market
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced that its new highest-capacity 1.8inch Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are playing a dominant role in leading the growth of the mobile storage market. IT and consumer product companies are building new multimedia products built around our 1.8inch HDD storage medium, which is smaller than a business card but packs 160 GB capacity at 4200 RPM.
Keithley Instruments Debuts SignalMeister Waveform Creation Software
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs, announces the release of SignalMeister(TM) Waveform Creation Software for Keithley’s award-winning line of RF vector signal generators. Keithley’s SignalMeister is a free PC-based software tool that creates arbitrary waveform (ARB) files that can be downloaded to Keithley’s Model 2910 RF Vector Signal Generator. SignalMeister is an expandable software platform with a common user interface that will allow integration of multiple signal creation libraries with flexibility to handle multiple signal standards as they become available.
RF Power Amplifier Markets Improve
Updated ABI Research forecasts for the global RF power amplifier market indicate that while the total available market for these essential cellular base-station equipment items is still shrinking, the decline is not as severe as had been feared. A new ABI Research report on this market also points to two other significant factors that have changed the market landscape in the past 15 months: the entry of Chinese vendors, and the growing use of high-efficiency amplifier designs.
Enea Rolls Out Element 2.2 Middleware Platform
Enea (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA), a leading provider of network software and services, announced the availability of Element(TM) version 2.2. The latest version of Enea’s proven carrier-grade middleware platform provides higher levels of service continuity through a powerful application management framework (AMF) that is aligned with the Service Availability Forum (SAF) AIS-AMF specification.
EtherWaves Selects Blackfin Processor for Sub-$10 DAB+ Digital Radio
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing, announced that the superior price-performance of its Blackfin(TM) processors has enabled EtherWaves Ltd. to deliver Sonata, the industry’s first production-ready DAB+ module with Bill of Material cost of less than $10. Sonata is a compactly designed Eureka 147 DAB and DAB+ receiver equipped with the features expected from a high-end digital radio product; FM radio reception with RDS, an AAC/MP3/WMAplayer supported by SD Card, crystal-clear sound processing and clock-radio functionality.