News 2008.09.10 Late Edition

Freescale Introduces MPC8536E PowerQUICC III Processor
Market demand for gigahertz performance from embedded processors is accelerating even as consumer and regulatory requirements for “green” products featuring maximal energy efficiency grow more stringent. To help manufacturers succeed in this environment, Freescale introduces the MPC8536E PowerQUICC III processor – one of the industry’s most energy-efficient gigahertz class embedded SoC devices.

Avnet Debuts EXP 3G-SDI Module for Broadcast, Professional Video Design
The Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) announces the release of the EXP 3G-SDI Module. Based on National Semiconductor’s LMH0340/0341 3G-SDI serializer and deserializer, the new EXP module is designed to address the challenges faced by today’s broadcast and professional video product designers.

Freescale MMA6700/1EG Accelerometers Reduce Vehicle Instability
Automotive safety systems are becoming more intelligent with Freescale Semiconductor’s advanced low-gravity (low-g) inertial sensors for electronic stability control (ESC) systems. ESC helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles by using high-performance, low-g 2-axis sensors to measure the lateral and longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle.

e2v technologies Acquires QP Semiconductor
QP Semiconductor confirmed that it has agreed to be acquired by e2v technologies. The acquisition, which is expected to meet shareholder approval and regulatory requirements by September 30, 2008, will bring complementary product portfolios together to serve an expanded global base of customers seeking high-reliability, mission critical components.

Freescale Announces Distributed System Interface Chips for Airbags
As automotive airbag systems continue to grow more sophisticated and require more sensors for collision detection, automakers face pressures to reduce cost while enhancing passenger safety. Freescale Semiconductor is responding to this market need with next-generation safety bus interface devices designed to bring robust, high-speed communications for the growing number of collision sensors planned to be used in new vehicles.

Actel to Attend Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Device Conference
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) will provide insight, technical direction and design expertise at the 2008 Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Device (MAPLD) Conference, being held September 15-18 in Annapolis, Maryland. Continuing to advance the use of FPGAs in the military and aerospace industry, Actel will discuss a range of topics — from characterization and qualification to power-conscious design methodologies — during several presentations and poster sessions at the conference.

ABI Research Publishes Touch Screens in Mobile Devices Report
Touch screens have been available for some time and are found in a variety of fixed and portable devices, but it was the launch of Apple’s iPhone that refocused the public’s attention on them as never before. Shipments in 2007 of touch screen-based mobile devices increased 91% over 2006, and ABI Research forecasts that revenue from the global touch screen market for mobile phones and other handheld devices such as MIDs, UMPCs, and PNDs will reach $5 billion in 2009.