News – 2007.11.12 – Late Edition

FLIR Systems Acquires Extech Instruments
Waltham-based Extech Instruments, a major supplier of test and measurement equipment and portable receipt printers with distribution in over 90 countries, announces that the company’s president and owner, Jerry Blakeley, has entered into an agreement in which the stock of Extech will be acquired by FLIR Systems, Inc. Located in Portland, Ore., FLIR is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems. The transaction, which is subject to standard closing conditions, is expected to be completed within the fourth quarter.

Cadence Introduces Virtuoso Passive Component Designer
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, introduced Cadence® Virtuoso® Passive Component Designer, a complete flow for the design, analysis and modeling of inductors, transformers and transmission lines. The new technology puts passive component design into the hands of analog and RF designers developing fast and complex wireless SoCs and RFICs. Starting from design specifications such as inductance, quality factor and frequency, the Virtuoso Passive Component Designer helps designers automatically generate the optimum inductive device for their specific application and process technology, resulting in higher performance and smaller area. A built-in accurate 3D full wave solver verifies the generated devices, eliminating the need for a dedicated inductor characterization run and reducing the design turnaround time.

Silicon Labs Debuts AM/FM Radio Receiver with SW, LW Band Coverage
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, announced the expansion of its successful broadcast audio product line to include the industry’s first fully-integrated AM/FM radio receivers with short-wave (SW) and long-wave (LW) band coverage. The high-performance Si4734/35 integrate the entire receiver from antenna input to audio output reducing size and solution component count by more than 90 percent compared to existing implementations. In a tiny 3- x 3-mm package, the Si4734/35 not only simplifies the design of existing SW and LW radios but also enables the addition of SW/LW capability to consumer electronics devices such as handsets and MP3 players, broadening the reach of SW and LW broadcast content used by consumers worldwide.

Agilent, Anite Team on 3GPP LTE Test Solutions for Wireless R&D
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Anite plc (LSE: AIE) announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver industry-leading 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) test solutions to wireless R&D engineers designing next-generation mobile communications products. Under the terms of this partnership, Agilent and Anite will provide a broad, comprehensive portfolio of solutions that address the entire UE lifecycle — from early development through production test.

Mellanox Unveils Dual-Port 10GBase-T Ethernet NIC
Mellanox(TM) Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) (TASE:MLNX), a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, server and storage interconnect products, announced the availability of a dual-port, low-profile PCI Express adapter card supporting 10GigE connectivity to familiar and industry-standard Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cabling supporting the 10GBase-T standard. Also available with PCI Express x8 Gen2 in addition to a single port version, these adapters integrate the ConnectX EN 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter controller and the Ternaetics TeraPHY TN1010 transceiver supporting the IEEE 802.3an standard.

Elma Creates Liquid-Cooled Air Transport Rack Chassis
Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has announced a new liquid-cooled ATR (air transport rack) chassis that is modular. The unit can be configured in various sizes and configurations without starting from scratch, which saves time, effort, and money.

PAX Selects Connect One’s CO2128 IP iChip for P80 EFTPOS Terminal
Connect One(TM), the Device Networking Authority(TM), announced that PAX, a leading point-of-sale provider based in Shenzhen, China, has started mass production of the P80 EFTPOS terminal with Connect One’s iChip(TM) CO2128. CO2128 provides secure Internet protocol (IP) communications and full support for WiFi connectivity. With these capabilities, PAX has been able to design the P80 as a high-performance EFTPOS terminal that provides stable and secure WiFi connectivity to its customers.

Discretix Expects Embedded Security Sales to Double
“Unplugged” used to be a term reserved for wall sockets and MTV specials, but people today are no longer bound to their homes and offices. Smartphones, media players and portable storage devices continue to expand as the most common global platforms for communications, information, entertainment, and commerce. This means that someone has to ensure the security of all that on-the-go information.