News – 2008.04.29

NXP Acquires Broadband Media Processing Product Lines from Conexant
Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT) will sell its Broadband Media Processing product lines to NXP Semiconductors in a transaction valued at up to $145 million. Conexant’s Broadband Media Processing business provides solutions for satellite, cable, terrestrial, and IPTV set-top box applications. Conexant will receive $110 million in cash, and up to $35 million in an “earn-out” fee, contingent upon the achievement of certain milestones over the next two years.

Avago Introduces AEDT-9340 Encoder Module for Brushless DC Motors
Avago Technologies announced the addition of a new compact high temperature six-channel optical incremental C-shaped encoder module for Brushless DC motors used in industrial and factory automation equipment. Avago’s miniature AEDT-9340 encoder module is priced competitively and designed to enable the reduction in overall motor sizes.

Advansus Unveils EEC410 Q965, GME965 Mini-ITX Barebone System
Advansus, a leading computer designer and manufacturer, introduces the EEC410 universal Mini-ITX barebone system, available in a Q965 and a GME965 Mini-ITX motherboard version. The EEC410 combines a streamlined case and an interchangeable motherboard with a 200W power supply. System developers can quickly and flexibly configure it for system performance, expansion, I/O connectivity, and power solutions.

National Instruments R Series I/O Modules Feature Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced the release of four new R Series I/O modules for the PXI platform that are equipped with high-performance Xilinx Virtex®-5 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The NI PXI-7841R, PXI-7842R, PXI-7851R and PXI-7852R modules feature eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs and 96 digital I/O lines as well as analog input rates that are more than 3.5 times faster than previously released R Series devices.

Intuicom Rolls Out C1000u OEM RF Transceiver Module
Intuicom, Inc.(tm), a leader in wireless data networks, announced the release of the C1000µ, an ultra-small spread spectrum OEM RF transceiver module with “leap-ahead” performance technology. Designed for integration into military/aerospace instruments and commercial systems where size, weight, and power consumption are critical design issues, the C1000µ is ideally suited for unmanned vehicles, robotics, and portable devices.

Inphi DDR3 Registering Clock Driver Passes JESD47 Validation
Inphi® Corporation, the world leader in performance, analog performance and I/O signal integrity, announced that its landmark INSSTE32882-GS04 Double Data Rate (DDR3) Registered Clock Driver is the industry’s only solution that has passed validation, qualification and manufacturing readiness testing compliant to industry standard qualification requirements as defined by JEDEC Standard JESD47.

RMI Unveils XLS208 Processor, Office in a Box Solution for SMB Market
RMI Corporation, a leading supplier of multi-core, multi-threaded processors for communications and consumer applications, announced that it has released its newest XLS Processor, a 1 GHz Dual-Core Multi-threaded device accelerating packet-oriented and control plane applications, as well as a comprehensive solution including development board and software development kit for the SMB market.

RMI Releases Axcel PC3104 Network Accelerator Card
RMI Corporation, a leading supplier of multi-core, multi-threaded processors and solutions for communications and consumer applications, announced that it has released its latest product offering – the RMI Axcel PC3104 Network Accelerator Card – an XLS-Based PCIe® platform for IP Networking, VoIP, 3G and broadband applications.

ASSET to Develop Open Embedded Instrumentation Tools for Internal JTAG
ASSET® InterTech Inc. is developing and will bring to market open embedded instrumentation tools based on the preliminary IEEE standard, P1687 Internal JTAG (IJTAG). According to Glenn Woppman, president and CEO of ASSET, the standard is close enough to ratification to begin developing tools.

Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine Codec Library Gains Dolby TrueHD Decoder
Tensilica,® Inc. announced that it has added the Dolby® TrueHD decoder to its audio codec library for Tensilica’s Xtensa® HiFi 2 Audio Engine, one of the most popular commercial audio cores for system-on-chip (SOC) designs. Dolby TrueHD is the ultimate high-definition audio experience for next-generation entertainment, delivering warm, realistic and enveloping sound from the Blu-ray Disc(tm) format.

Keithley Enhances Automated Characterization Suite for WLR Tests
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI) has enhanced its Automated Characterization Suite (ACS) software to include optional wafer level reliability (WLR) test tools for semiconductor reliability and lifetime prediction testing applications. Version 4.0 builds on the ACS software’s existing single- and multi-site parallel test capabilities, adding a database capability, software tools, and licenses for the new Reliability Test Module (RTM) and ACS Data Analysis capabilities.

Mentor, UMC Validate Calibre nmDRC Physical Verification 65nm Deck
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that it has worked with UMC to validate the accuracy of 65nm physical verification flows using the Calibre nmDRC product. Using one of UMC’s 65nm customer products as the test design, the cooperative effort verified that UMC’s 65nm Calibre production decks accurately reflect the design rule manual for this node, providing UMC customers with even greater confidence in the manufacturability of their 65nm chip designs.