News – 2007.11.16

SEMI Reports October Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.83
North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.23 billion in orders in October 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.83 according to the October 2007 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.83 means that $83 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

RFID Markets to Grow by 21% Annually to $8.4 Billion in 2012
Starting from a base of more than $3.8 billion in revenue in 2007, worldwide RFID markets are expected to reach $8.4 billion in 2012, according to a new study from ABI Research. The 2007 figure represents a 24% growth over 2006, and the curve to 2012 indicates a compound annual growth rate of 21%.

Aeroflex Announces 5800 Series ATE System with JTAG Boundary Scan
Aeroflex (Stand A1.135) is now offering its 5800 Series multi-configuration, multi-function Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) system with integrated JTAG/boundary scan capabilities. The 5800 Series will feature, as an option, the PXI-based SCANFLEX platform from GOEPEL electronic, a leading vendor of JTAG/boundary scan solutions.

TEAC Licenses Moore Microprocessor Patent
Patriot Scientific Corporation (OTCBB:PTSC), announced that TEAC Corporation has purchased a Moore Microprocessor Patent(TM) (MMP) Portfolio license from The TPL Group. Headquartered in Tokyo, TEAC is an innovator and worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of audio, video and data recording technologies.

u-blox Rolls Out 50-channel LEA-5 GPS Modules
u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of GPS chips, modules and services, announced the launch of two GPS modules that set new benchmarks in terms of speed, sensitivity and ease of integration. The LEA-5 GPS module series is based on u-blox’s fifth generation positioning engine, u-blox 5, which boasts an acquisition performance of less than one second.

Mercury Computer Systems Receives HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award
OpenRTRT(TM) from Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and InTrace GmbH received top honors in the 2007 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards. This is the second of two awards Mercury received in recognition as a leader in the field of High Productivity Computing.

Liebherr Group Selects Aeroflex 5800 Series ATE System
Aeroflex (Stand A1.135) has announced that Liebherr Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, has ordered Aeroflex’s 5800 Series multi-configuration, multi-function Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) system. The Germany-based Liebherr Group plans to use the 5800 Series to test the control units for their electronic equipment used for aviation, construction cranes, earth-moving and transport products.

Mercury Computer Systems Wins HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) was recognized as a leader in the field of High Productivity Computing (HPC) by the readers and editors of HPCwire, an online publication and website portal that covers the entire ecosystem of HPC and champions the annual HPCwire Awards. As the most recognized and accessed news and information site for the HPC community, HPCwire’s global readership tops several hundred thousand.