News 2008.10.02

Microchip, ON Semiconductor Wants to Acquire Atmel for $2.3 Billion
Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP) and ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: ONNN) announced that they have sent a proposal to the Board of Directors of Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) to acquire Atmel for $5.00 per share in cash. The proposal, which is being led by Microchip, provides a premium of 52.4% to Atmel’s closing price of $3.28 on October 1, 2008, and values Atmel at $2.3 billion.

Fresco Microchip Unveils FM1100 Demodulator, Digital IF Processors
Fresco Microchip Inc. announced its breakthrough FM1100 worldwide legacy audio/video demodulator and multi-standard digital IF processor solutions for television broadcast reception. The global hybrid (analog and digital) receiver market for televisions, DVD-Rs, PVRS, Set Top Boxes, and PC-TVs continues to experience explosive growth while the feature requirements are rapidly changing. Consumers are seeking green platforms to conserve energy and ultra thin flat panel televisions.

Micrium Ports uC/OS-II RTOS to Renesas R32C/100 Microcontrollers
Micrium, a leading provider of high-quality embedded software components, announced that its uC/OS-II real time operating system (RTOS) has been ported to and fully supports Renesas Technology’s R32C/100 Series microcontrollers. The combination of Micrium and Renesas products offers an ideal platform to customers in a number of industries, including medical markets, and is based on Micrium’s existing FDA 510(k) certification and unique features that Renesas has built into the R32C Series.

MontaVista Software Optimizes Mobilinux for TI OMAP35x Processors
MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, announced that its award-winning MontaVista Mobilinux[tm] 5.0 Linux operating system software is now optimized for the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP35x applications processors. As the first broad offering of the ARM® Cortex[TM]-A8 core, the OMAP3530 device provides superior video, image and graphics processing while reducing overall development costs.

Kontron Rolls Out AM4901 Management Controller Hub
Kontron supplements its MicroTCA[tm] portfolio with a new MCH (Management Controller Hub). By offering only the most essential feature sets, the Kontron AM4901 enables MicroTCA[tm] compliant designs while remaining sensitive to costs. The Kontron AM4901 Management Controller Hub provides system management and Ethernet switching for up to 12 AdvancedMC modules. Unlike the telecommunication segment, where advanced feature sets require managed switches with complex control software.

CoWare, MontaVista Speed Software Development of Linux Devices
CoWare®, Inc. announced that it has partnered with MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, to deliver a joint solution to accelerate the development of Linux-based devices. The solution includes a reference virtual platform running MontaVista Linux and integrating MontaVista development tools, including the DevRocket integrated development environment (IDE).

VMETRO, Impulse Team on C Callable FPGA Interfaces to PMC Firmware
VMETRO and Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Inc. announced their first collaborative integration enabling software engineers to easily interface C code to FPGA hardware and firmware components on a widely used VMETRO FPGA PMC module. This integration provides C callable FPGA interfaces to the PMC firmware components, including QDR SRAM, DDR2 SDRAM and the PCI bus. In support of VMETRO’s installed base, the initial Impulse C support for VMETRO PMC boards targets the PMC-FPGA02, a Xilinx® Virtex®-II FPGA PMC.

Jazz Semiconductor to Hold Conference on AIMS Foundry Solutions
Jazz Semiconductor®, Inc. announced it will host its third Annual Technology Conference on October 22-23, 2008 at its Newport Beach headquarters. This year’s conference series is focused on the central theme of “Analog Technology Convergence Creates New Opportunities for Innovation.” The two-day event will include a list of key invited speakers as well as contributed talks, vendor exhibits, and a cocktail reception hosted by Jazz.

DDC-I Offers WAMI Support for Scorpion Real-Time Java Eclipse Tool Set
DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, announced WAMI (Wizard for Advanced Mixed-Language Integration) support for its Scorpion real-time Java development environment. The new wizard simplifies mixed-language development and legacy migration by enabling real-time Java applications to utilize existing C, Embedded C++, and Ada code.

Achronix Selects Verific Netlist-Only Parser for CAD Environment
Verific Design Automation announced that Achronix Semiconductor Corporation uses Verific’s Netlist-Only Parser in its Achronix CAD Environment (ACE). Verific is best known for its Verilog, SystemVerilog and VHDL hardware description level (HDL) parsers and elaborators. Its Netlist-Only Parser includes a Verilog netlist reader and a generic hierarchical netlist database to help reduce development time for products operating at the gate level rather than the register transfer level (RTL).