News – 2006.08.25 – Early Edition

  • Sales of Plasma and LCD TV Could Triple
    The landscape of living rooms across the globe is changing as consumers join the flat panel revolution. IDC believes consumer interest in flat panel televisions combined with falling prices paint a bright picture for TV manufacturers, vendors, and resellers. According to the latest IDC survey, the future of TV-land is flat in terms of selection as online respondents worldwide favor Plasma and LCD. While less than a quarter of consumers surveyed globally report currently owning a flat screen TV, IDC says that number tripled in terms of the number of respondents who plan to purchase a flat panel TV by the end of this year.
  • OSDL, LiPS to Accelerate Deployment of Mobile Linux Phones, Devices
    Two of the driving forces extending the popular Linux(R) operating system to mobile devices, today announced a formal arrangement to further accelerate the growth and proliferation of mobile Linux phones and devices worldwide. Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS) will actively collaborate to reduce fragmentation in the mobile space and provide the industry with open, flexible and customizable Linux-based solutions to increase revenue opportunities. This move will maximize the benefits of the organizations’ complementary approaches: OSDL focuses on the kernel and operating system levels, and LiPS works on applications and service enabler layers.
  • Patent Office to Consider Re-examining Magma-Synopsys Disputed Patents
    Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) said in a statement today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has been asked to re-examine U.S. Patents No. 6,453,446 and 6,725,438 (the ’446 and ’438 patents). The patents are two of the three patents involved in a patent dispute between Magma and Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) that is pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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  • Toshiba to Launch Class 4 and Class 6 SD Cards
    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC) and its parent, Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), announced today that they would launch two new series of SD Cards that offer high-level data transfer rates and read-write performance. The “high-speed series” will offer a maximum data transfer rate of 5-megabytes (MB) per second, while the “ultra high-speed series” will push transfer rates to as high as 20MB per second, double the rate of any other Toshiba-brand SD Cards. Both series will be rolled out this autumn, in Japan in October and globally in November.
  • EDA Market to Grow Faster than IC Market
    EE Times: “The increase in IC design cost and the size of design teams at the 65-nanometer node presents an opportunity for EDA, which can increase its growth rate if it can provide more productive solutions that enable customers to do 65-nm designs without the need to continually increase headcount, according to Handel Jones, CEO of International Business Strategies Inc.”