News – 2008.03.11 Late Edition

Cadence Design Systems Acquires Chip Estimate
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced that it has acquired Chip Estimate Corporation, a leader in delivering IC planning and enterprise-level IP reuse management solutions. Founded in 2003, Chip Estimate products enable electronics design teams to predict the die size, yield, power consumption, performance, and cost of chips based on almost any design architecture, IP and silicon process node options.

Altair Semiconductor Rolls Out ALT2150 Mobile WiMAX Processor
Altair Semiconductor (Altair), a fabless chip company developing mobile WiMAX semiconductors for handheld devices, announced the release of the ALT2150 mobile WiMAX baseband processor to leading handheld device and module manufacturers. The ALT2150, the smallest and most power-efficient mobile WiMAX processor, implements full WiMAX Forum Wave-2 physical (PHY) Layer and Media Access Control (MAC) functionality, and offers substantial performance enhancements beyond this profile.

NXP TJA1080A Transceiver Passes FlexRay Physical Layer Conformance Test
NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced that the TJA1080A has passed the FlexRay Physical Layer Conformance Test, the industry standard for FlexRay products, making it the first transceiver to comply with this test. TJA1080A will be commercially available in the second quarter in 2008.

Fairchild PF1007-1009 IntelliMAX Switches Protects Portable Electronics
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) offers design engineers a series of advanced load switches with multiple slew-rate options that protect circuits from undesirable voltage and current transients. The FPF1007-9 series has been specifically designed to protect applications with capacitive loads. During turn-on, these loads typically cause transient current spikes and voltage sags – which may cause issues in the end application.

TI Rolls Out SN75DP122, SN75DP128, SN75DP129 DisplayPort Switches
Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced three compact DisplayPort devices that provide connectivity between personal computers and video displays. The low-power devices support data signaling rates up to 2.7 Gbps to accommodate DisplayPort and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) speeds, commonly used to link desktop and notebook PCs and docking stations to DLP® projectors, computer monitors and digital TVs.

General Purpose High Level Synthesis Using Parallel Atomic Transactions
Rishiyur S. Nikhil, CTO of Bluespec(TM) Inc., developer of the only ESL synthesis for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design, will present “Bluespec: General-purpose High-Level Synthesis Using Parallel Atomic Transactions” at the Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) 08 workshop entitled “The New Wave of High-Level Synthesis.”

Newark Announces PowerWise Synchronous Buck Regulators
Committed to bringing design engineers the newest technologies first, leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces that it is now stocking National Semiconductor’s new PowerWise® family (LM20XXX) of full-featured synchronous buck regulators, which provide high-efficient DC-DC power conversion for point-of-load power supply designs in communication, data storage, industrial and automotive applications.

Skyworks Selects Berkeley Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis’ technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits, announced that Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity, has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE(tm) circuit simulator for full-circuit functional simulation and complex-block characterization of its multi-mode multi-band analog and RF transceivers.