News – 2007.11.29

ABI Research Releases Report on GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices
Shipments of GPS-enabled mobile phones will generate over $50 billion in revenues in 2008, rising to $100 billion in 2012. The market for these handsets is expected to grow from around 240 million units in 2008 to over 550 million handset shipments in 2012. At present, most current GPS-enabled handsets are CDMA devices, but increasing numbers of GPS-enabled handsets for 3G/WCDMA networks will start to appear in the market from 2008 onwards.

Atmel Debuts AVR 32-bit FlexRay Platform for In-vehicle Networking
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of its AVR® 32-bit FlexRay® evaluation environment. In addition, Atmel will demonstrate its new technology today at the FlexRay day conference held in Stuttgart, Germany with a mockup car implementing advanced in-vehicle networking with X-by-wire drive, steer and brake functions.

Tundra, IBM Partner for Power Architecture System Interconnect
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, announced the extension of a technology collaboration and signing of a license agreement with IBM to bring new Power Architecture(TM) solutions to market as part of Tundra’s smart System Interconnect strategy.

X-FAB’s Statistical Modeling Suite Supports MunEDA WiCkeD Tool Family
X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the world’s leading foundry group for analog/mixed-signal semiconductor applications, broadened its statistical modeling suite for Monte Carlo simulation for its 0.6 and 0.35 micrometer analog/mixed-signal technology platforms by announcing support for the MunEDA WiCkeD tool family of software tools. Using the combination of MunEDA automated circuit performance, yield analysis and optimization tools within the X-FAB statistical modeling suite for Monte Carlo simulation can help companies achieve robust, high-yielding designs. The move reflects ongoing cooperation between X-FAB and MunEDA to reduce the number of required analog/mixed-signal design respins and speed time to market for communications, computer, automotive, consumer electronic and other applications.

Aeroflex 6113 Basestation Tester Supports A5/3 Encryption
Aeroflex has announced that it has added a new option to its highly successful 6113 basestation tester for the test of GSM basestations with an A5/3 encryption capability. The Aeroflex 6113′s support for the latest A5/3 GSM encryption algorithm provides a field portable and easy-to-use basestation test solution that can be used for installation and commissioning, routine maintenance and fault finding as well as final unit production testing. Support for the A5/3 encryption algorithm complements the Aeroflex 6113′s support for the existing A5/1 and A5/2 algorithms.

Applied Materials Announces FullVision 45nm CMP Process Control System
Applied Materials, Inc. announced its new Applied FullVision(TM) system that enables real-time control of dielectric CMP1 processes to the 45 nanometer (nm) device node and beyond. The FullVision system couples Applied’s patented window-in-pad technology with multiple-wavelength spectroscopy to deliver advanced in situ endpoint capability for a variety of dielectric materials, including oxide, STI2, and poly CMP applications. The system demonstrates high repeatability across all applications with less than 150 angstrom, 3-sigma endpoint accuracy on patterned wafers. A major advance over single wavelength endpoint technologies, the FullVision system offers improved measurement accuracy with 50% higher reliability for dielectric applications.

Dolomite Accelerates Drug Discovery with Micro Mixer
Cambridge microfluidics company Dolomite is developing technology that allows the rapid mixing and analysis of chemicals, helping instrument manufacturers worldwide to create faster systems that will accelerate drug discovery and enable more effective point of care equipment.

IDC Publishes Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker Report
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew 0.5% year over year to $13.1 billion in the third quarter of 2007 (3Q07). Although this is the sixth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth and the highest Q3 server revenue since 2000, it was the slowest growth rate since the first quarter of 2006. Server unit shipment growth of 6.3% year over year in 3Q07 represented a slight decrease over the 7.8% year-over-year growth reported in 3Q06.

NASA Awards Contracts to DSPCon for Data Acquisition, Analysis Systems
DSPCon, Inc., a leading, global supplier of data acquisition, analysis, archiving and recording solutions for high-value military, aerospace and rotating machinery applications, has been awarded four new contracts with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide the agency with advanced data acquisition and analysis systems for a variety of satellite, rocket and aviation testing applications. Financial terms of the contractual agreements were not disclosed.

ip.access Wins Best Technology Foresight Award for Oyster 3G Femtocell
ip.access, the market leader in picocell and femtocell technologies, is celebrating another award win. Yesterday ip.access picked up the “World Communication Award” for “Best Technology Foresight” for its Oyster 3G femtocell, a low-power home access point that dramatically improves 3G cellular coverage for voice and data services in the home.

Aeroflex Receives e-Legacy Safety Award
Aeroflex has won the Contribution to Safety Award at the inaugural e-Legacy Awards 2007 organised by Electronic Product Design magazine in the UK and held earlier this month at the Tate Modern in London. The Award was presented to Phil Medd and Mike Thorpe of Aeroflex Test Solutions Wireless Division by Gina Citroni, Commercial Director, Amplicon Liveline, the sponsor of the Award and Caroline Hayes, the Editor of Electronic Product Design.