News – 2007.10.10 – Late Edition

MediaPhy Creates J-Solo for Japanese Mobile TV Applications
Following the launch of its multi-standard single-chip offering for global mobile TV applications last month, MediaPhy introduced the second member of its product family, the J-Solo(TM), designed specifically to address the rapidly growing Japanese mobile TV market. The all CMOS single-die J-Solo covers ISDB-T 1-3-13 segments, enabling seamless mobile TV throughout Japan.

Few Pure-Play GaAs Foundry Companies Remain
In 2002, Strategy Analytics predicted that only a few pure-play GaAs foundry companies would remain with the depth of investor pockets — a key determinant for survival. With the exit of companies such as Suntek very early on and GCTC and Knowledge On more recently, we have seen this prediction come true, thus only a handful of companies remained at the end of 2006.

How to Survive As a North American Manufacturer CircuiTree Conference
If you have concerns about the future of the U.S. electronics manufacturing industry, you need to attend the CircuiTree LIVE conference “How to Survive As a North American Manufacturer,” November 8-9, Anaheim, Calif. The event will feature a technical session and panel discussion on the latest technologies in PCB manufacture, design, assembly, yield improvements, and strategies to keep your company competitive.

OSPT to Grow Faster Than Semiconductor Packaging, Testing Services
According to a recently published BCC Research report, THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR ADVANCED ELECTRONIC PACKAGING (SMC066A), the total market for semiconductor packaging and testing services will grow from $39.5 billion in 2006 to $57.6 billion in 2011 at a CAGR of 7.8%.

Workshop, Contest Target Canadian Computer Engineering Students
Student teams use $100,000 of software and hardware donated by Altera and ImpulseC to create high performance computer designs in an IEEE contest. In addition to the Innovate Canada contest, the Ottawa section of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) still has openings at the 16 – 17 October workshop in Ottawa – “Accelerating Computationally Intensive Algorithms.”

AnalogicTech Creates Low Noise Switching Regulators for Mobile Devices
Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated (AnalogicTech) (Nasdaq: AATI), a developer of power management semiconductors for mobile consumer electronic devices, announced the first in an extensive family of switching regulators designed for low-noise operation. Based on a patent-pending, innovative new architecture, the AAT2120 and AAT2158 synchronous step-down converters deliver significantly lower spectral noise and output ripple than competing switching regulators. These low-noise switching regulators represent the first of several generations of new switching regulator topologies now under development at AATI targeting high performance and high efficiency applications.

National Semiconductor Rolls Out Low-Offset, Precision Amplifiers
National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) introduced five precision operational amplifiers (op amps) for portable test and measurement, industrial and medical systems that require signal-conditioning and sensor interface accuracy at gains of 6 V/V or higher.

Atmel Introduces ATA6623, ATA6625 LIN System Basis Chip
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of its ATA6623 and ATA6625 LIN system basis chips (SBCs), which are designed in compliance with the LIN 2.0 specification and the SAEJ2602 standard. The new devices incorporate Atmel’s 2nd generation LIN transceiver that provides the industry’s best EMC performance and has obtained approval from major OEMs worldwide. Thanks to Atmel’s high-voltage BCD-on-SOI technology SMARTIS(TM) and the SO8 power package, the devices can operate at supply voltages up to 40V. Applications include automotive comfort applications such as door modules, seat control or intelligent sensors, and powertrain applications.

Performance Technologies Debuts Managed WAN Gateway Communication Servers
Performance Technologies (NASDAQ: PTIX), a leading developer of communication platforms and systems, announced the availability of the first in an emerging product line of communication server solutions. The initial bundled hardware and software offering, the Managed WAN Gateway, provides a communication bridge from legacy serial networks and protocols to contemporary Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Other members of the Performance Technologies’ line of communication servers will be announced in the near future.

Atmel Prevents Cloning, Counterfeiting with CryptoMemory
Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), announced the world’s first family of secure products called CryptoMemory®. These devices provide the only low-cost, truly secure means of preventing product counterfeiting and/or piracy of Intellectual Property (IP) and OEM parts. CryptoMemory uses a 64-bit embedded hardware encryption engine, four sets of non-readable, 64-bit authentication keys and four sets of non-readable, 64-bit session encryption keys to provide a higher level of protection than products based solely on EEPROM technology.

SMIC Adopts Ansoft HFSS-Based Library for RF CMOS Design
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC; NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981), a world-leading semiconductor foundry, announced its commitment to Ansoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ANST) HFSS(TM) simulation technology for S-parameter extraction, frequency-dependent SPICE model extraction and EMI prediction. SMIC’s adoption of HFSS extends its RF CMOS design capabilities and provides a proven platform on which to build accurate and traceable on-chip model libraries.

DAFCA, TRIAS Mikroelektronik Expand ClearBlue Silicon Validation
DAFCA Incorporated, the leading vendor of on-chip reconfigurable infrastructure and tools for on-chip, at-speed silicon validation, announced a distribution agreement with TRIAS Mikroelektronik GmbH in response to the increased customer demand in Europe. TRIAS will provide all sales and technical support for the ClearBlue(TM) silicon validation platform for SoC and ASIC design teams in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Poland and Romania.

Colorfront Selects DVS-SAN with DataDirect Networks Components
In mid-July, Hungarian post production house Colorfront made a decision to acquire a 43-Terabyte DVS-SAN. This centralized storage system will provide the renowned post production house with extremely fast storage and administration capabilities for its resource-intensive projects. The customer settled for a massive-parallel DVS-SAN with DataDirect Networks (DDN) components. The system is the only one capable of handling six uncompressed 2K streams simultaneously in real time. With this version of its DVS-SAN, DVS achieves extremely high data rates while simultaneously fulfilling data security requirements by implementing a RAID-5 system.