News – 2008.02.29

Softmaxx Unveils Linkmaxx Embedded Product for Wireless Modem Control
Softmaxx Inc. announces the release of its Linkmaxx-embedded product (LME). LME is a remote device software module that provides wireless data modem control and solves wireless data network problems through a common, easy-to-use application program interface (API). LME is the first independent software package designed to work out-of-the-box with all major wireless data modems in the market.

ABI Research Publishes WiMAX Market Analysis and Forecasts Report
Service providers with the right spectrum, available capital, and access to enough sites to place base stations are in a great position to take advantage of WiMAX’s headstart on the 4G market. But LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband) are vying for 4G as well – and even though mobile WiMAX has a time-to-market advantage over LTE, delays in certifications by the WiMAX Forum could narrow that window of opportunity.

European Consortium to Develop 0.5 TeraHertz Silicon Transistor
A European consortium held the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded project labeled DOTFIVE and titled “Towards 0.5 TeraHertz Silicon/Germanium Heterojunction Bipolar technology (SiGe HBT).” Led by STMicroelectronics, the consortium is setting out to develop advanced silicon-based bipolar transistors with a maximum operating frequency of 0.5 THz (0.5 TeraHertz or 500 GigaHz) needed for future millimeter wave and terahertz communication, radar, imaging and sensing applications.

AMD Develops Chip with Extreme Ultra-Violet Lithography
AMD (NYSE: AMD), working together with its research partner, IBM, announced it has produced a working test chip utilizing Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) lithography for the critical first layer of metal connections across the entire chip. Previous projects utilizing EUV to produce working chip components were only “narrow field”, covering just a very small portion of the design.

Synopsys Proteus Pipeline Technology Reduces Design-to-Mask Cycle Time
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced the capability to pipeline key manufacturing applications. This new Proteus Pipeline Technology provides a fully pipelined tapeout flow for maximum CPU utilization and is a major departure from serial manufacturing flows, in which a complete post-optical proximity correction (OPC) database must be available before the latter applications can be initiated.

STMicroelectronics Announces STM8 8-bit Microcontroller Platform
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has unveiled details of a new 8-bit microcontroller platform designed to offer outstanding levels of performance and cost-effectiveness in a wide range of applications. Implemented around a high-performance 8-bit core and a state-of-the-art set of peripherals, the STM8 platform will be manufactured using an ST-proprietary 130nm embedded non-volatile memory technology.