News – 2007.12.11 – Late Edition

INFICON Acquires Sigma Instruments
INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, announced it has acquired Sigma Instruments Inc., a leading manufacturer of instrumentation for the measurement and control of thin film processes.

Sun Releases OpenSPARC T2 RTL Processor to Open Source Community
Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:JAVA) delivered on the commitment it made in August by providing the OpenSPARC(TM) T2 RTL (register transfer level) processor design to the free and open source community via the GPL license. The OpenSPARC T2 processor is based on the UltraSPARC(R) T2 processor, the world’s fastest commodity processor with eight cores and eight threads per core running the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS).

Webcast: HyperTransport 3.0 – An In-Depth Technical View
The HyperTransport(TM) Technology Consortium will present a live webcast, “HyperTransport 3.0 – An In-Depth Technical View,” highlighting the increased capabilities of HyperTransport 3.0 and the applications that they enable. The webcast will focus primarily on five new features introduced with this specification:

Frost & Sullivan Announces Briefing on Speech Application Market
The Contact Centers Group at Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce its 2007 Quarterly Analyst Briefing Presentation on the Speech Application Market to be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. CST / 11:00 a.m. EST. There are so many different ways that an enterprise can approach creating, providing and managing speech-based interactions with customers that it has become extremely difficult to compare the costs of different offerings.

Magma Offers Knights Smart Sampling for YieldManager Software
Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, introduced Knights Smart Sampling(TM), an option to Magma’s Knights YieldManager® yield management software, which automates inline wafer inspection review sampling for the defect-review tools used in semiconductor manufacturing. With this new YieldManager option, fab engineers are better able to select the defect-review tool that will accurately detect potential yield-killing defects, dramatically reducing manufacturing cycle time, accelerating yield ramp and improving time to market.

GAO Tek Rolls Out GAO332 ADSL2+ Tester
GAO Tek Inc. has released a new ADSL Tester – GAO332 ADSL2+ Tester. GAO332 ADSL2+ Tester is designed to meet urgent needs for xDSL tests. And xDSL includes ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+ and READSL. It is a total solution for xDSL installation & maintenance.

Fresco Microchip Launches FM2050 Low Power Single-Chip Demodulator
Fresco Microchip Inc., a developer of leading edge RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits (ICs), announced the FM2050, its latest low power single-chip demodulator for high quality universal analog terrestrial (NTSC, PAL, SECAM), analog cable, and DVB-T digital television broadcasts.

Computer Solutions Announces Ellisys USB Explorer 260
The new Ellisys USB Explorer 260 (EX260), now available in the UK from Computer Solutions, is a multifunction test generator and protocol analyser for the automated compliance testing of USB systems, including the ability to handle the forthcoming USB 3.0 ‘super-speed’ transfers at 5 Gbit/s.