News – 2006.08.15

  • Avago Creates One-Fifth Inch Optical Format, 1.3-Megapixel Image Sensor
    Avago Technologies introduced the ADCC-3100, the first one-fifth inch optical format, 1.3-megapixel small form factor (SFF) CMOS image sensor with advanced image processing, including spot metering capabilities. Avago’s entry into the emerging SFF product category captures the changing requirements in the cellular phone market. SFF CMOS sensors pack optimal image quality in a smaller package and enable handset OEMs and camera module assemblers (CMAs) to upgrade VGA camera phones or develop desirable ultra-thin camera phones.
  • MagnaChip Unveils Passive Matrix Organic LED for Mobile Devices
    MagnaChip Semiconductor, a leading global designer, developer and manufacturer of image sensor solutions, mixed-signal and digital multimedia semiconductors, today, announced the launch of its high-performance, feature optimized Passive Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (PMOLED) (MC2EP7202) product designed for use in the main displays of mobile phones and MP3 players.
  • IMEC Forum to Focus on Bridging Gap Between System Design and Process Technology
    IMEC, a world-leading independent nanoelectronics and nanotechnology research center, has announced that registration is now open for its annual research review meeting (ARRM), to be held from October 22 -24 at the Province House in Leuven, Belgium. A premier international event, ARRM06 will examine how to bridge the gap between system design and process technology so that industry can design, develop and manufacture smart devices, sub-systems and systems for future markets and applications.
  • Sirenza Microdevices to Acquire Micro Linear
    Sirenza Microdevices, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMDI), a leading designer and supplier of high-performance radio frequency (RF) components for communications equipment manufacturers, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Micro Linear Corporation (Nasdaq: MLIN), headquartered in San Jose, California. Based on Micro Linear’s fully diluted shares outstanding and Sirenza’s closing price on August 14, 2006, the transaction is currently valued at approximately $45.6 million.
  • Designing Digital Video Systems with DaVinci Webcast
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) will present a live webcast entitled “Designing Digital Video Systems Leveraging DaVinci(TM) Technology” on Wednesday, August 30, 2006, at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT. The webcast will be led by Greg Mar, Worldwide DSP SoC Platform Manager for DSP Systems, Texas Instruments, and J.B. Fowler, DSP applications engineer for DSP Systems, Texas Instruments, who will provide designers with technical information on simplifying digital video system design by leveraging DaVinci(TM) technology.
  • Altera, Elektrobit Offer Wireless Base Station Development Kits
    Altera and Elektrobit announced the availability of the industry’s first development kits for designing applications in compliance with the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) Reference Point 3-01 (RP3-01) specification for remote RF heads. The kits include a Stratix(R) II GX FPGA development board and Nios(R) II embedded processor core from Altera, Elektrobit’s advanced RP3-01 IP cores, as well as all the necessary design software for emulating system configuration and control behavior. Leveraging the kits for OBSAI-compliant wireless base station development will result in cost saving and significantly reduced design time.
  • Trolltech Debuts Qtopia Greenphone Open Linux Mobile Development Device
    Trolltech(R), the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, announced Qtopia(R) Greenphone(TM), the first open Linux mobile device for application developers. Greenphone enables commercial and open source developers, in-house software developers and handset manufacturers to create, modify and test Linux- based mobile phone applications on a working GSM/GPRS device, making the applications easier to build and faster to bring to market.
  • Design Flow Between Bluespec and Synopsys Tools to Improve
    Bluespec Inc., developer of the only ESL synthesis toolset for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design, today announced that it has joined the Synopsys(R) in-Sync(R) program to improve the design flow between Bluespec and Synopsys tools. The in-Sync program membership enables Bluespec to develop a smooth interoperable path between ESL Synthesis software and Synopsys’ Design Compiler(R) synthesis solution.
  • Device Data Management Solutions Drive Record Sales for Encirq
    Encirq, the global leader in device data management, today announced record-breaking results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006. The company secured new design wins in Japan, Europe and North America while generating significant repeat business from its existing customers, increasing sales exponentially over the previous fiscal year. Additionally, the company successfully launched Encirq Korea and raised $14M in Series B financing.
  • RadioScape Introduces Integra DAB/DMB Professional Broadcast Systems
    RadioScape, a world leader in digital audio and multimedia broadcast and receiver technology, will be launching the innovative Integra(TM) range of products at IBC 2006. These are designed to further establish the company as the provider of choice for professional audio and multimedia broadcast systems based on the Eureka 147 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) standards.
  • Cadence, Realtek Collaborate to Reduce Risk of Functional Errors
    Cadence Design Systems and Realtek Semiconductor announced that they have collaborated to successfully reduce the risk of functional errors on its pilot multi-supply voltage (MSV) design. Realtek, a leading IC design house in Taiwan, adopted Cadence(R) Encounter(R) Conformal(R) Low Power and Encounter Conformal Constraint Designer to significantly reduce verification risks.
  • Mentor Graphics Nucleus 802.1X Supplicant Secures Critical Networks
    Mentor Graphics announced that the Nucleus(r) 802.1X Supplicant (SUP) software is now available for developing devices connecting to wired and wireless networks. Employing a secure authentication system based on IEEE standards 802.1X-2001 and 802.11i, the software provides security system providers, as well as defense and network equipment manufacturers, with a method for securing existing and emerging critical networks and applications.
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  • Models for Everything
    Over on the Lattice blog: “Our industry has come to a point where engineers are expecting simulation models for everything we do. Without a simulation model, we appear to be lost in even making some basic engineering judgement. Take for example, SSO (Simultanuous Switching Output) noise. This is not a new concept. We had dealt with this type of noise a while ago with 20-pin to 24-pin PDIP packages. In these PDIP packages, assigning the Vcc and GND pins to the corner pins gave us the largest lead inductance in the package that in turn caused significant SSO noise if we are not careful.”