News – 2008.04.10 Late Edition

STMicroelectronics, NXP Form Joint Venture by Merging Wireless Businesses
NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a leader in delivering advanced solutions for mobile products, announced their agreement to combine key wireless operations to form a joint-venture company with strong relationships with all major handset manufacturers. The new company will have the scale to better meet customer needs in 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia, connectivity and all future wireless technologies.

Teradyne Announces D750Ex LCD Driver Test System
Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE:TER), a world leader in economical, high efficiency test, announced its new D750Ex(tm) LCD Driver Test System. The D750Ex is designed for testing high-definition LCD driver devices. Himax Technologies Limited, a fabless IC driver design company located in Taiwan, has selected the platform for testing their next generation column and mobile driver devices. Himax is currently running production capacity on the D750Ex.

Texas Instruments Rolls Out XIO2213A PCI Express to 1394b Controller
Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) expanded its broad, high-performance 1394 (Firewire[TM]) portfolio with a flexible PCI Express (PCIe) to 1394b open host controller. The packet throughput exceeds 87 MB/s, making the XIO2213A the fastest 1394b controller on the market today. The device’s unique architecture creates a one-chip solution for 1394b for ExpressCards, PC add-in cards and motherboards or docking stations.

OMG, Eclipse Reveal Details of Open Software, Standards Symposia
The Object Management Group(tm) (OMG(tm)) and the Eclipse Foundation, which are jointly organizing two, one-day Symposia to promote and build on the partnership between Eclipse’s open source software and OMG’s open standards, are announcing the program for the second day of the event. The second day will be held during the OMG Technical Meeting in Ottawa, Canada on June 25, 2008.

ABI Research Publishes Report on MEMS Accelerometers
MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) accelerometers have hit the limelight in the past year, although most consumers are probably quite unaware that they make the Nintendo Wii’s motion-sensing remote control and the Apple iPhone’s self-orienting display possible. But according to ABI Research senior analyst Douglas McEuen, these popular products are only the high-profile advance wave of what will be a rising tide of new and innovative uses for the tiny motion sensors.