News – 2006.08.18 – Early Edition

  • Magma Wins Latest Round of Synopsys Patent Litigation
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today rejected all the claims in Synopsys Inc.’s patent number 6,378,114 (the ’114 patent), calling into question the validity of the patent, Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) said in a statement today. The validity of the ’114 patent has been in dispute during the companies’ patent litigation currently before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Alliantek Selects CEVA for Multi-Standard Multimedia Platform
    CEVA, the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Alliantek, Inc. has become the latest licensee to adopt the industry-leading CEVA-X1620(TM) DSP and CEVA-XS1200(TM) system platform for the development of its multi- standard multimedia platform targeting the portable multimedia market. In addition, Alliantek has licensed CEVA’s multimedia software, designed and optimized to run on the CEVA-XS1200 system platform.
  • Semiconductor Equipment Records Book-To-Bill Ratio of 1.06
    North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.75 billion in orders in July 2006 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06 according to the July 2006 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.06 means that $106 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.
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  • Atomic Switch Experiments Expand Nanoscale Toolkit
    Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used a beam of electrons to move a single atom in a small molecule back and forth between two positions on a crystal surface, a significant step toward learning how to build an atomic switch that turns electrical signals on and off in nanoscale devices.
  • FPGA Architectures from A to Z
    Over on Programmable Logic DesignLine: “In this article we introduce a plethora of architectural features. Certain options – such as using antifuse versus SRAM configuration cells – are mutually exclusive. Some FPGA vendors specialize in one or the other, while others may offer multiple device families bases on these different technologies. Unless otherwise noted, the majority of these discussions assume SRAM-based devices.”