News – 2007.12.14

AMETEK Acquires California Instruments
AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) announced it has acquired privately held California Instruments Corporation. Based in San Diego, California Instruments is a leader in programmable alternating current (AC) power sources used to test electrical and electronic products. California Instruments has annual sales of approximately $22 million.

Atheros Acquires u-Nav Microelectronics
Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR), a leading developer of advanced wireless solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of u-Nav Microelectronics, a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in global positioning system (GPS) chipsets and software that enable mobile location-based products and services. The acquisition of u-Nav immediately expands Atheros’ growing product portfolio in mobile wireless communications which also includes mobile wireless LAN (WLAN), Bluetooth and PHS.

Innovasic Unveils Reference Designs for fido1100 Microcontroller
Innovasic Semiconductor announced two new reference designs for its fido(TM)1100 real-time microcontroller family. Printed circuit board modules based on these designs will be available for purchase from Innovasic and third party manufacturers. Customers wishing to take advantage of the fido1100 deterministic real-time response, fail-safe operation and programmable I/O, can now utilize these reference designs and modules to do rapid prototyping and performance evaluation. In addition, the small footprint printed circuit board modules are ideal for direct integration into low-volume production of customer’s products. For higher-volume applications, the reference design includes everything needed to embed the solution directly into the customer’s product.

Synopsys Joins Chip Estimate Prime IP Partner Program
Chip Estimate Corp. announced that Synopsys, a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, has joined the Chip Estimate Prime IP Partner Program. As a Prime IP Partner, Synopsys is enabling designers to gain centralized access to information about the company’s broad DesignWare® semiconductor intellectual property (IP) portfolio, at ChipEstimate.com(TM). Synopsys, a leading provider of connectivity IP, offers the industry’s most comprehensive IP solutions consisting of synthesizable digital controllers, mixed-signal PHY IP and verification IP for popular protocols such as USB, PCI Express, DDR, SATA and Ethernet. The broad, silicon-proven IP portfolio, combined with comprehensive technical support, helps enable designers to accelerate time-to-market and reduce integration risk for system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Embedded World 2008 Features Artisan Studio 7.0 Preview
Artisan® Software Tools, the leading independent developer of premium-quality, industrial-grade, collaborative modeling tools for complex, mission-critical embedded systems and software, will preview the upcoming Version 7.0 of Artisan Studio®, its all-in-one standards-based development tool suite, at Embedded World 2008 (Hall 10, Stand 408). Artisan Studio version 7.0 will have a new and improved user interface, its new C# code generation capability and enhanced team working extensions along with a Mathworks® Simulink integration.

Lambda Introduces 20W, 40W, 60W AC-DC PCB ZPSA Power Supply Range
Three new series of single output 20W, 40W and 60W AC-DC units are the latest additions to Lambda’s open PCB ZPSA power supply range. All units within the new series boast a very low profile – the ZPSA20, for example, measures just 88.9 x 50.8 x 20.32mm – making them an ideal choice for applications ranging from video/audio routers, datacoms, point of sale equipment, low power LED signs and lighting.

Gleichmann Electronics Announces NEC NP Series of Power MOSFETs
Gleichmann Electronics expands its product portfolio of low-voltage power management devices with 24 new extremely robust power MOSFETs from NEC Electronics. The new devices, which are part of the NP series, feature 40-volt (V) and 55V VDSS (voltage drain source short) ratings, two ID (drain current) (DC) ratings of 90 and 100 amperes and logic-/non-logic-type gate drives.

Navigon, Porsche Design Create Personal Navigation Device with u-blox GPS
NAVIGON, a leading provider of navigation products and software solutions, has introduced a slick, high performance personal navigation device developed in partnership with Porsche Design, featuring u-blox’ ANTARIS®4 SuperSense® GPS technology. NAVIGON’s new P9611 measures 125mm x 82 mm x 19mm, weighs just 250 grams and boasts a wide range of hardware and software features, including a pre-installed SD memory card, USB cable, car cradle and charging cable and high quality audio player. The device comes with Bluetooth, enabling hands-free communication support for Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.