News – 2007.08.28 – Late Edition

Advanced Circuits Offers PCB Artist Layout Software for Free
Advanced Circuits, the country’s leading source for quickturn printed circuit boards, announced the availability of its PCB Artist software. The free package is an easy-to-use and intuitive printed circuit board layout software and is the most comprehensive, free layout software available for manufacturers, designers and engineers in the PCB industry.

Apache Design Solutions to Present Technical Paper at ISLPED
Apache Design Solutions, the leader in power signoff and complete silicon integrity platform solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designs, announced that the company will present a technical paper on methodology for analysis and verification of power-gated circuits and designs at the ISLPED (International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design) 2007, being held August 27 – 29, 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

Mentor Graphics Sponsors Automotive Engineering Lab at Tongji University
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) announced an agreement with the College of Automotive Engineering of Tongji University, China to set up a Joint Lab and Technical Training Center for Auto Electronic System Design in Shanghai. Mentor Graphics will donate over US$16 million (about RMB123 million) worth of software to Tongji University in order to support Tongji’s teaching and research programs on auto electronic and electric design.

austriamicrosystems Unveils AS1301 Inductorless DC-DC Boost Converter
austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, introduced the AS1301, the first inductorless DC-DC boost converter in an upcoming portfolio. The AS1301 is capable of output currents as high as 50mA from a wide ranging input of 2.7 to 5.25V.

Wi-Fi Mesh Networking Market to Grow Less Rapidly in 2009
The Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment market had over 100% shipment growth in 2006, and will have over 90% growth in 2007, reports In-Stat. Strong growth will continue for Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs) for the next several years, as shipments grow more than three-fold between 2006 and 2011, the high-tech market research firm says. Most of that growth however will come between 2006 and 2008, with growth rates rapidly declining starting in 2009.

IMEC Announces 17th Annual Research Review Meeting
IMEC has announced that it will hold its 17th annual research review meeting (ARRM) on October 18 – 19, 2007. The ARRM will feature emerging applications and converging technologies, advanced semiconductor scaling, and perspectives on some of the most significant topics of the semiconductor industry. The event will take place at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

TI Receives AEC-Q100 Qualification for Class-D Audio Amplifiers
Continuing to meet high standards for audio in the car, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced Class-D audio amplifiers that have completed Q100 grade 2 qualification as defined by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC). This achievement certifies that the TAS5414 and TAS5424 meet the AEC’s stringent high reliability and unique requirements for use in the harsh automotive environment, without additional component-level qualification testing. These Class-D amplifiers provide the power efficiency of digital amplification for automotive audio applications, such as head units and external amplifiers.

VeriSilicon Debuts VZ.VoiceHQ Application Platform for VoIP Development
VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon), a leading world class ASIC design foundry and silicon solutions provider, announced the VZ.VoiceHQ application platform targeting the rapidly growing IP phone market. Based on the ZSP400 processor, whose architecture occupies the market leadership position in the IP Phone market, VZ.VoiceHQ provides a turnkey platform that includes a go-to-market reference design and voice/call management software to dramatically accelerate IP Phone development for consumer or office products.

Averant Announces AMBA 3 Assured Status for SolidPC 2.0
Averant Inc., a leading provider of advanced verification technology for RTL designs, announced the achievement of AMBA(R) 3 Assured status for SolidPC(TM) 2.0, Averant’s property checking product for AMBA interconnect protocol compliance.

Westcode Semiconductors Launches Two New 2.8kV Asymmetric Thyristors
IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors Limited, has launched two new 2.8kV Asymmetric thyristors. These new fast thyristors represent a new development in silicon technology, employing advanced process technology and novel device design. This advanced asymmetric structure offers an improved combination of on-state voltage and turn-off time for this voltage class, which results in better energy efficiency than symmetrical structured devices. This new development continues IXYS’ strategy and commitment to meeting the growing demand for more efficient power.

Tessolve Adopts Synopsys’ DFT MAX Scan Compression Solution
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Tessolve has adopted Synopsys’ DFT MAX scan compression solution to reduce the costs of semiconductor testing and diagnostics. DFT MAX automates creation of scan compression circuits on-chip that substantially decrease the amount of data and time required to test complex ASICs. Tessolve selected DFT MAX because it achieved the best test time/test data reduction results and was easiest to embed within the company’s existing design-for-test (DFT) and failure analysis flows.

Freescale Cup National Smart Car University Design Competition
Showcasing embedded design innovation among engineering students in China, Freescale Semiconductor staged the finals of the Freescale Cup National Smart Car University Design Competition at Shanghai Jiaotong University. The second annual smart model car competition drew nearly 300 participating engineering teams from more than 100 Chinese universities. Today’s final race narrowed the field to 76 competing teams from five racing zones throughout China.