News – 2007.12.21

NXP Semiconductors Acquires GloNav Inc
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced it will acquire GloNav Inc., a US-based fabless semiconductor company developing single-chip solutions for global positioning systems (GPS) and other satellite navigation systems. NXP will purchase the company for US$85 million in cash plus up to US$25 million in cash contingent upon GloNav reaching certain revenue and product development milestones over the next two years. The transaction will give NXP immediate access to market-proven GPS products and technology. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008, subject to regulatory approvals.

AXIOMTEK Rolls Out ETM830, ETM820 ETX 3.0 Compliant CPU Modules
AXIOMTEK, one of leading applied computing platform providers, announced the release of two ETX 3.0 compliant CPU modules, ETM830 and ETM820, with Intel® Core 2 Duo and Pentium® M processors respectively. In addition, the ETM830 is the first Intel® Core 2 Duo ETX 3.0 module in the world. ETX 3.0 standard module now includes faster SATA support while maintaining pin-to-pin compatibility with previous revisions. Our highly integrated and extremely compact computer-on-modules allows designers having advantages to create practical system baseboard that can accept previous, present and future ETX SoM (System on Module). With the most comprehensive features, these two modules are apparently fit for gaming solution, medical, human machine interface (HMI), and digital signage appliance (DSA) markets.

STMicroelectronics Unveils LIS344AL Accelerometer with 3-axis Sensor
STMicroelectronics (NYSE STM), a leading supplier of MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) devices, announced a new solution extending its family of ultra-compact ‘low-g’ linear accelerometers with a three-axis analog-output sensor. Ideally suited for battery-powered and space-constrained portable devices, such as mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs or remote controls, the LIS344AL is a cost-sensitive MEMS solution in an ultra-compact square footprint operating with low power consumption.

MagnaChip Creates Smart Mobile Luminance Control Algorithm for LCD Driver
MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading provider of analog and mixed signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications, announced that it successfully developed the technology for Smart Mobile Luminance Control (SMLC), a low power consuming backlight control algorithm for LCD driver chips.

Mentor Graphics Demonstrates Serial ATA IP Solution at SATA IO
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced successful interoperability testing of Mentor’s Serial ATA (SATA) Host/Device IP controllers integrated with the SMIC and TSMC SATA PHY IP solutions at the SATA-IO Plugfest #9 in Milpitas, California (Nov 12th-15th 2007). Reaching this milestone allows Mentor to offer a completely integrated, verified, and industry-tested SATA intellectual property (IP) solution for both host and device applications running at either 1.5Gbps or 3.0Gbps speeds while supporting the latest version of the specification.