News – 2007.12.31

Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 2.3 % to $23.1 Billion in November
Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $23.1 billion in November, an increase of 2.3 percent from November 2006 when sales were $22.5 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Sales increased by 0.7 percent from the October sales of $22.9 billion. Year-to-date sales of $231 billion are 2.8 percent ahead of the $225 billion in sales for the like period of 2006.

TSMC Offers Multi-layer Mask Service for 90nm, 80nm, 65nm Processes
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Inc. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) announced the foundry industry’s first multi-layer mask service (MLM) for 90nm, 80nm and 65nm advanced process technologies. MLM service is another mask service TSMC offers beyond multi-project wafer prototyping service, CyberShuttle(SM), and normal production tape-out to enable maximum customer flexibility. MLM is especially appropriate for prototyping single or multi-chip verifications or small volume production runs.

SMIC Licenses IBM’s 45nm CMOS Technology for 300mm Wafer Foundry
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK) and International Business Machines announced that they have signed an agreement to license IBM’s 45-nanometer bulk complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology to SMIC for 300mm wafer foundry service.

ABI Research Publishes Report on WiMAX, 4G IP Report
One of the major advantages claimed by the WiMAX community over their cellular cousins is that WiMAX will come with a far lower average royalty rate than either LTE or UMB. A favorite phrase among the WiMAX OEM community is that WiMAX has effectively “democratized” the 4G space. Although ABI research applauds the move to a more widespread intellectual property holding in the 4G realm, it could be argued that this democratization of IP will result in more, not fewer, IP royalties.

VDC Publishes 2007 Embedded Systems Market Statistics Report
Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) concludes that over 4 billion embedded systems/devices were shipped worldwide in 2006. According to VDC’s 2007 Embedded Systems Market Statistics report, significant growth in the number of embedded shipments is expected to continue over the coming years.

ABI Research Sees Poor Market Outlook for Ultra Mobile Broadband
The prospects for widespread adoption of Qualcomm’s flagship 4G technology UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband) are dim, according to a new study from ABI Research. But Qualcomm’s intellectual property portfolio is strong in key enabling technologies for 4G, and the company faces no real threat to its long-term future even without successful UMB network rollouts.

Personal Robots Market to Grow to $15 Billion
The 2007 holiday season marks the rise of personal robots as mainstream consumer items. The latest catalog from US gadget-retailer Sharper Image, for example, is full of robotic products, under the slogan, “Shop for Bots.” A new study by ABI Research forecasts that this market will be worth $15 billion by 2015.

TeamF1 Rolls Out AuthAgent TACACS+ for Cisco Powered Embedded Devices
TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software, announced immediate availability of AuthAgent TACACS+, its newest product – an implementation of the Cisco TACACS+ (Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus) Protocol, that provides separate authentication and authorization features for networked devices.

Xilinx Sponsors VLSI Design Conference
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that it is a gold sponsor of the 21st International Conference on VLSI Design and 7th International Conference on Embedded Systems, taking place from January 4 through 8, 2008 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

RadioFrame Announces OmniRadio Femtocell for Nokia Siemens Networks
RadioFrame Networks, a leading provider of femtocell and picocell radio access solutions, has signed a contract with Nokia Siemens Network for co-operation on Nokia Siemens Networks’ 3G Femto Home Access. Under the terms of the agreement, RadioFrame Networks will provide its OmniRadio(tm)femtocell solutions, which conform to Nokia Siemens Networks’ open architecture.

Elma Qualifies Type E33 Encoder for 1 Million Rotations
Elma Electronic, a leading designer and manufacturer of rotary components and electronic packaging products, has announced that they have re-qualified their popular Type E33 high life incremental encoder’s rotational life to over 1 million rotations. The E33 boasts rugged construction features including an all metal body, metal threaded bushing and standard metal shaft. The E33 can also be modified into a concentric configuration, available on a special order basis.

Energi Promotes Thames Innovation Centre
Marketing specialists to the UK and European technology sector, Energi, have announced that they have won a contract to help promote The Thames Innovation Centre at Veridion Park. The Thames Innovation Centre, located on the outskirts of London, is an exciting new eco building designed to house a broad range of technology companies.