News – 2007.09.30

ASE Group, NXP Form ASEN Assembly and Test Joint Venture
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Incorporated (TSE:2311) (NYSE:ASX), the world’s largest semiconductor assembly and test company, and NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced the completion of an assembly and test joint venture. Initially announced in February this year, the name of the new company is ASEN.

DSM Computer Launches Industrial BookSize PC Family
With compact dimensions of 300 x 219 x 90 mm, DSM Computer’s “B6″, “B2″ and “B1″ of the new BookSize PC family, suitable for use in industrial environments made a convincing debut at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2007. The IPCs in book format are used principally in thin-client applications, e.g. in POS/POI stations (operator terminals), in data networks or as quietly-operating office servers. In contrast to desktop PCs, they offer maximum reliability and operational security coupled with guaranteed long-term availability.

Atmel Introduces AT86RF535B MAX-Link Transceiver for WiMAX
Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced the third of its MAX-Link(TM) series of transceivers designed specifically for WiMAX applications. AT86RF525B and its predecessor, the AT86RF535B, use a proprietary internal calibration algorithm eliminating the need for an external calibration circuit or calibration software. The MAX-Link(TM) transceivers are the only WiMAX specific transceivers on the market today with internal calibration. Initial startup calibration captures mismatch effects resulting in lower local oscillator leakage and improved image rejection. Changes in temperature, supply voltage, or frequency during operation will cause RF performance degradation and necessitates recalibration. The calibration routine is continuously performed between transmit and receive data frames, totally independent from the baseband and media access control (MAC) processor, to optimize the image rejection and LO leakage performance characteristics.

Qualcomm Licenses 3G CDMA Subscriber Patent to Teleepoch
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and Teleepoch, Ltd., a Chinese mobile solutions provider, announced that they have entered into a subscriber unit license agreement. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted Teleepoch a worldwide patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000(R) subscriber units. The royalties payable by Teleepoch are at Qualcomm’s standard rates.

RFMD to Expand Manufacturing Capacity
RF Micro Devices, (NASDAQ: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, announced plans to expand its compound semiconductor manufacturing capacity to support growth expectations in the Company’s Cellular and Multi-Market product groups.

Coresonic Appoints New CEO, Receives Funding from Industrifonden
Coresonic AB, a leading provider of baseband processor IP technology, has announced that it has appointed industry veteran, Rick Clucas, as its CEO. Clucas has over 22 years industry experience with over 17 in the semiconductor IP industry most notably as founder and CTO of ARC International. Clucas has also spent some time as CTO of an Investment Bank working with technology companies and more recently as a business consultant to technology start-ups and as CEO of Ignios Ltd. His appointment coincides with a million euro investment into the company by Industrifonden that will enable Coresonic to market its innovative LeoCore(TM) technology into the growing WiMAX market and other demanding wireless standards.

CoFluent Design Appoints New CFO, Consolidates
CoFluent Design, an Electronic System Level (ESL) company focused on delivering state-of-the-art software solutions for early system architecture exploration and performance analysis, announced the appointment of Denis Février as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in charge of its financial and business administration.

PrismTech Welcomes Dr. Angelo Corsaro to Company
PrismTech(TM), a leader in high-performance middleware and development tools, announced the appointment of Dr. Angelo Corsaro to lead OpenSplice(TM) DDS product marketing. Angelo is a well known figure in the distributed real-time and embedded systems middleware community and has a wealth of experience in hard real-time embedded systems, large-scale and very large-scale distributed systems, such as defense, aerospace, homeland security and transportation systems.