News 2008.07.29 Late Edition

IEEE Announces Wireless Hive Networks Conference 2008
The second annual IEEE Wireless Hive Networks Conference (WHNC) will be held August 7-8, 2008, at the Austin Courtyard by Marriott Hotel located near the Austin Convention Center. Collocated with NIWeek 2008 graphical system design conference and exhibition, the IEEE Conference will cover a variety of considerations in wireless hive networks including security issues, low power wireless protocols, and the testing and deployment of these networks.

Mercury Echotek RF, Mixed-Signal Solutions Feature Speedy Tuning
Highly reliable data acquisition is critical to embedded radar and signals intelligence (SIGINT) applications, in which the origin or location of signals of interest must be identified in real time to enable rapid analysis and action. For these network-centric operations, sensors and communications modules are increasingly migrating to smaller, self-contained platforms, posing new challenges that position RF and mixed-signal receivers and transmitters to be as critical to the solution as computing.

OKI Speeds Product Development with Open Verification Methodology
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) announced that the System Memory Business Division of Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. has adopted the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) to improve its verification process and speed development of its consumer-based portable device and computer peripheral device memory controllers. The new methodology streamlined OKI’s verification development leading to the creation of plug-and-play universal verification components (UVCs) for the company’s portable device host protocol, SPI, and memory interfaces using up to 30% less code than previous methods.

National Semiconductor Selects Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that National Semiconductor Corp has selected Synopsys as their key EDA partner for use in product development. The expanded relationship provides National access to Synopsys’ Analog/Mixed-Signal and custom IC design tools and the opportunity to collaborate in next generation solutions.

Opera Joins Open IPTV Forum, Drives Standards
Opera Software announced that it has joined the Open IPTV Forum. This global organization is comprised of key IPTV and TV stakeholders working to produce end-to-end specifications to take the next generation of IPTV services into the mass market. Opera will team up with other members, such as Samsung, Ericsson, Sony and Philips, to help create an end-user mass market for IPTV by developing specifications. These specifications will ease the creation, integration and deployment of compelling solutions and services.