Danaher Acquires Tektronix for $2.8 Billion
Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) and Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK) announced they have reached a definitive agreement under which Danaher will make a cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Tektronix for $38.00 per share. The aggregate purchase price is approximately $2.8 billion, including debt, transaction costs and net of cash acquired.
CLK Design Automation Acquires Synchronous Design Automation
CLK Design Automation announced that is has acquired Synchronous Design Automation, an innovative developer of clock tree synthesis and optimization tools for advanced digital chip designs. Combined with the leading-edge timing and signal integrity capabilities offered by CLK Design Automation, the result is a comprehensive suite of automated timing closure tools for 65-nanometer (nm) and 45-nm designs.
SEMATECH, UCL Discover Cause for Instability of Novel Transistor Material
Researchers at SEMATECH and University College London (UCL) have identified a potential cause of a perplexing tendency of novel dielectric materials to capture electrons and holes, making the performance of advanced devices unstable.
IBM Measures Distribution of Electrical Charges in Carbon Nanotubes
IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists announced that they have measured the distribution of electrical charges in tubes of carbon that measure less than 2 nanometers in diameter, 50,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. This novel technique, which relies on the interactions between electrons and phonons, provides a detailed understanding of the electrical behavior of carbon nanotubes, a material that shows promise as a building block for much smaller, faster and lower power computer chips compared to today’s conventional silicon transistors.
Magma Introduces Talus ATPG, Talus ATPG-X with On-chip Compression
Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, unveiled Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X with on-chip compression. These advanced automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) products enable designers to significantly improve test quality, reduce turnaround time and cut costs of nanometer (nm) ICs. By integrating Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X into the Talus physical design environment, Magma offers the only IC implementation flow that provides true physically aware DFT.
STMicroelectronics Rolls Out STM32 Primer Development Package
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced a self-contained, entertaining and very low-cost development package, the STM32 Primer, for the recently-announced STM32 Flash microcontroller family, which is based on the breakthrough ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 core. It includes an innovative user interface, games, and other features to introduce new users to the family, as well as Raisonance software tools for advanced development and programming.
ONFi Working Group Announces Block Abstracted Addendum Specification
The Open NAND flash Interface (ONFi) Working Group, the organization dedicated to simplifying integration of NAND flash memory into consumer electronic (CE) devices, computing platforms and industrial systems, announced the Block Abstracted addendum specification. This new specification will help simplify the design of host controllers.
Magma, Inovys, Source III to Ensure Interoperability of Talus ATPG
Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced it has partnered with Inovys Corporation to ensure interoperability of Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X with the Ocelot tester. Magma has also collaborated with Source III to offer a direct path from Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X to variety of a test programs. Magma and its partners are also developing validated feedback paths from testers to the diagnostic capability in Talus ATPG that will allow designers to further analyze the causes of device failure. With a foundation in the IEEE 1450 Standard Test Interface Language (STIL) and through its collaboration with Inovys and Source III, Magma is working to improve test quality, streamline the test flow and reduce test costs.
Xceive, Jazz Semiconductor Team on Analog-Digital Single Chip TV Tuner
Xceive Corporation, the market leader in hybrid silicon tuners with proven success in PC, television and the digital home, and Jazz Semiconductor®, the leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions and wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Technologies(TM), Inc. (AMEX:JAZ), announced they have collaborated to deliver Xceive’s next-generation family of silicon tuners offering state-of-the-art performance where both analog and digital reception is required. Xceive’s XC5000 series of high performance analog-digital terrestrial SiGe TV and PCTV tuners support global TV standards including Cable QAM256 as well as other emerging standards. Xceive leveraged Jazz Semiconductor’s 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process (SBC18) to achieve unprecedented size reduction and outstanding performance.
Piezo Introduces P-876 Piezo Composite Patch Transducers
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. — a leading manufacturer of piezo-based precision motion-control equipment for engineering, nanotechnology, photonics and semiconductor applications — introduces the new P-876 line of piezo composite patch transducers.
IMEC, Target Compiler Technologies Team on Ultra-Low Power SoC Design
IMEC and Target Compiler Technologies, a leader in EDA tools for the design and programming of application-specific processors (ASIPs), announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement aiming at advancing the state-of-the-art in ultra-low power system-on-chip design. The new collaboration fits in IMEC’s R&D activities on wireless autonomous transducer solutions at the Holst Centre and will be centered around Target’s Chess/Checkers tool-suite for ASIP design.
Object Management Group Reveals Details of BPM, SOA Workshop
The Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)), announced the program for its “Maximizing BPM Investments with SOA” workshop, to be held January 14-17, 2008 in Orlando, FL, USA. The workshop is co-sponsored by Annual Sponsor Sparx Systems and Silver Sponsors Mega and Telelogic.
Fujitsu Selects Berkeley Design Automation’s Analog FastSPICE
Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits, announced that Fujitsu Limited, one of the world’s leading providers of customer-focused IT-networking and communications solutions for the global marketplace, has adopted the company’s Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. With Analog FastSPICE, Fujitsu’s design teams can now complete analog circuit verification tasks in record time, without compromising accuracy. They have also been able to complete verification tasks which were impossible with other simulators.
Gleichmann Announces 15-inch TFT LCD Modules for Industrial Equipment
Gleichmann Electronics has expanded its product offering with the addition of two new innovative 15-inch (38 cm diagonal) thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules. The NEC LCD Technologies’ modules, part number NL10276BC30-32 and NL10276BC30-33, are suited for use in industrial equipment such as factory automation controllers, measuring instruments, automatic teller machine (ATM) terminals, kiosks and point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Ralink Joins AMD Better by Design Program
Ralink Technology Corporation, a leading developer of 802.11a/b/g/n chipsets announced that it has joined the Better by Design program, an initiative driven by AMD and leading graphics and wireless technology partners. Launched in January 2007, the Better by Design program is designed to help OEM customers highlight AMD processor-based solutions that offer leading-edge performance with superior technologies.