News – 2008.02.06 Late Edition

Jazz Semiconductor Announces MOS Varactor Model Libraries
Jazz Semiconductor®, the leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions and wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Technologies(tm), Inc. (AMEX:JAZ) announced the release of MOSVAR model libraries in its 0.13 and 0.18-micron AIMS technology platforms targeting wireless and other communication products. The new model improves simulation accuracy reducing product development time and is integrated as a standard component in Jazz’s Design Enablement platform.

Intel, STMicroelectronics Sample Phase Change Memory Prototypes
Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). The prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption.

SanDisk to Roll Out 3-Bit-Per-Cell NAND Flash Memory
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) announced that it expects to start mass production of the world’s first commercial three-bit-per-cell (x3) NAND flash memory in March/April 2008. The 16-gigabit (Gb) x3 NAND flash employs SanDisk’s standard 56 nanometer (nm) flash technology and provides over 20 percent more die per wafer compared to standard NAND Multi-Level Cell (MLC) memory (2-bits-per-cell) on the same technology node.

Semtech Rolls Out SX8725 Single Channel Data Acquisition Device
Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the SX8725, a single-channel member of the company’s award-winning data acquisition product platform. The SX8725 features one differential input but delivers very high precision through its ZoomingADC(TM) functionality. The SX8725 can lower the cost of implementing portable sensing systems by allowing manufacturers to use lower-cost sensors without sacrificing accuracy. It advantageously replaces a slower and more expensive 24 bits ADC.

University of Florida, TI Create Highest Frequency Circuit
Engineering researchers from the University of Florida (UF) and Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) have crafted the world’s highest frequency circuit made with a common type of semiconductor transistor, a step that could slash the price of detectors useful in medicine, environmental monitoring and military applications. The breakthrough was presented by University of Florida and TI engineers Wednesday at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

IMEC Introduces Prototype of 60GHz CMOS Multiple Antenna Receiver
IMEC introduced its prototype of a 60GHz multiple antenna receiver, and invites industry to join its 60GHz research program. The 60GHz band offers massive available bandwidth that enables very high bit rates of several Gbits-per-second at distances up to 10 meters (about 33 feet). To make the 60GHz technology cost-efficient to manufacture, low power and affordable in consumer products, IMEC has built its RF solution in a standard digital CMOS process thereby avoiding the extra cost of alternative technologies or dedicated RF process options.

Holst Centre Makes Breakthrough with Organic RFID Tag
Holst Centre – founded by the Belgian nanoelectronics research center IMEC and the Dutch research center TNO – presents a plastic 64-bit inductively-coupled passive RFID tag operating at 13.56MHz. With a record 780bit/s data readout of 64 bits over 10cm, the device approaches item-level tagging requirements. The tag generates a 5-fold higher bit rate compared to state-of-the-art plastic RFID systems. The achievement paves the way for low-cost high-volume RFID tags to replace barcodes.

IMEC Presents 3 ADC with Record Power Efficiency
IMEC presents three ultra-low-power analog to digital converters (ADC) with record figures of merit targeting wireless SDR, 60Ghz communication and sensor networks applications. IMEC has submitted patents for the architecture of its SAR (successive approximation), Flash and CABS (comparator-based asynchronous binary-search) ADC families, to make these available for product development for industry through licensing as white box IP. Future research of IMEC targets even faster ADCs with higher resolution at better power efficiency, to answer the need of future wireless communication products.

Agilent, Comsys Communications to Speed Mobile WiMAX Handset Production
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Comsys Communications and Signal Processing Ltd. announced that Agilent’s Wireless Networking test set will be used to help roll out Mobile WiMAX-compliant chip sets. The two companies will collaborate on the speed-optimization of RF power-calibration and production-test systems for Mobile WiMAX modules. With Agilent’s support of Comsys chipsets, modules based on Comsys ICs can be calibrated and tested with the greatest speed and efficiency.

NXP, Azingo to Develop Open Mobile Platform for 3G Linux Handsets
Mobile Linux company, Azingo (formerly Celunite), and NXP, an independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced that they will collaborate on the development of a new open mobile platform for manufacturers and operators of 3G and 3.5G Linux-based mobile phones. Azingo Mobile will be optimized for NXP’s Nexperia cellular system solutions for 3G and 3.5G networks, with the powerful dual-mode EDGE/UMTS and EDGE/HSPA multimedia platforms running on a single ARM9 processor core.

Open SystemC Initiative Announces DVCon Events
OSCI, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announces its major DVCon 2008 events.