News 2008.12.03 Late Edition

Timesys, Swell Software Integrate Embedded GUI Tools with LinuxLink
Timesys Corporation®, a premier provider of embedded Linux software solutions, and Swell Software, a leading provider of high-quality graphical user interface (GUI) software development tools, announced a partnership to integrate Swell Software’s PEG® graphics tools with Timesys’ LinuxLink embedded Linux development platforms.

Acrosser Rolls Out AR-ES8020FL PC/104+ Embedded Computer
Leading embedded computer designer and manufacturer Acrosser Technology Co. Ltd announces the release of a new PC/104-Plus product: Model AR-ES8020FL. With its high reliability CPU (RDC R8610 supporting 133MHz), 64MB onboard memory, and 128MB onboard Flash Storage, the AR-ES8020FL is perfect for many embedded computing applications.

STMicroelectronics TS4961T IC Combines Analog Switch, Audio Amplifier
By consolidating an analog switch achieving -80dB isolation and a 1.6W class-D amplifier in a single package, the TS4961T from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) simplifies board design and saves space in cell phones and personal media players. Using this device, designers can implement both functions within a 3 x 3mm QFN16 footprint instead of using two separate components.

ABI Research Publishes Report on Mobile Device Royalties
The status quo of mobile phone licensing today is that royalties are levied for access to patents that are essential to the mobile standard being incorporated in each device. For a multimode WCDMA and GSM device, the average cumulative royalty rate is 12.2%. As the relative value of new components such as advanced displays and, more importantly, software, increases in the average device, many companies are questioning the fairness of current licensing models. This issue will only become more pressing once MIDs and connected consumer electronics become more commonplace.