Motorola to Separate into Two Independent Companies
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has commenced a process to create two independent, publicly-traded companies. The decision follows the Company’s January 31, 2008 announced evaluation of the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses and represents affirmative steps to position its Mobile Devices and Broadband & Mobility Solutions businesses for success, while creating value for all Motorola shareholders.
Strategy Analytics Comments on Motorola Break-Up
According to Strategy Analytics, Motorola’s decision earlier today to break the company up into two separate entities is a step in the right direction. This move will enable Motorola to focus on two of its core competences — in mobile handsets and the digital home. However, this short-term financial fix must not distract Motorola from its long-term operational problems.
Rambus Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Hynix, Micron, Nanya
Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS) announced that the jury in the case involving Hynix Semiconductor (000660.KS), Micron Technologies (NYSE:MU), and Nanya Technology Corporation (2408.TW) has found in favor of Rambus. The jury determined that Rambus acted properly while a member of the standard-setting organization JEDEC during its participating in the early 1990s, finding that the memory manufacturers did not meet their burden of proving antitrust and fraud claims.
Micron Technology to Appeal Rambus Antitrust Ruling
Micron Technology, Inc., announced that it strongly disagrees with a federal court jury decision that Rambus Inc., did not violate antitrust laws or commit fraud by illegally deceiving members of JEDEC in the establishment of important standards in the computer chip industry. The jury decision concluded a trial that began in late January in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose.
CSR Launches MusiCore1 Stereo Audio Processor for Bluetooth Phones
CSR launched MusiCore1, the world’s first fully featured single-chip stereo audio processor+Bluetooth for mobile phones. CSR’s MusiCore1 technology presents handset makers with the first practical audio processor architecture for phone designs, saving the cost, space and power of adding a separate audio processor. MusiCore1 features state of the art audio enhancement technologies for MP3 audio and superior voice clarity.
DARPA Funds Sun Microsystems Microchip Interconnect System Research
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sun $44.29 million funding for a five and a half-year research project focused on microchip interconnectivity via on-chip optical networks enabled by Silicon photonics and proximity communication. The project commences with an incremental delivery of $8.1 million to Sun Microsystems’ Microelectronics and Laboratories divisions.
Actel to Present Power of Change at Globalpress Electronics Summit
John East, president and CEO for Actel Corporation, will present “The Power to Change” at the Globalpress Electronics Summit, being held March 31 – April 3, 2008 in San Francisco. East will present alternatives to electricity generation, discuss the various sources of power in semiconductor devices, and explore how low-power field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology can be used to help dramatically lower power consumption.
Electronics.ca Publishes Thin Film Solar Cell Industry Market Report
Electronics.ca Publications, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “2008 Global and China Thin Film Solar Cell Industry Market Report.” The report looks at the potential for thin film to become a major technology that reduces the solar power cost and even the cost of the traditional fire power, which is currently the key energy source of today’s world.
TVonics Debugs, Tests Digital TV Recorder with XJTAG Boundary Scan
TVonics Solutions, the British digital television device manufacturer, has selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to debug, test and programme its diverse range of energy efficient digital TV products, which include the newly-released DTR-FP2500 FREEVIEW playback digital TV recorder. The XJTAG development system is being used by engineers at TVonics’ design facility in Bridgend, South Wales (UK).
STARC Selects Mentor Graphics Calibre LFD for Design Methodology
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that STARC (Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center), a research consortium co-founded by eleven major Japanese semiconductor companies, has successfully evaluated the Calibre® LFD(tm) tool for the litho-aware design flow portion of its variation- and yield-aware design methodology.