News – 2006.08.28 – Early Edition

  • COMMELL Introduces LS-570 5.25-inch Core Duo Embedded Miniboard
    Taiwan Commate Computer Inc.(COMMELL), the worldwide leader provider of Single Board Computers, introduced the 5.25? Embedded Minboard LS-570 with the latest intel Centrino mobile technology 945GM Express chipset, which supports the intel Core Duo and Core Solo processors, it is enhanced to handle today`s demanding software applications – such as graphics-intensive games or serious number-crunching programs.
  • nLight Acquires Flextronics Photonics
    nLight, a leading manufacturer of high-power semiconductor lasers, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Flextronics Photonics. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition will add an array of new fiber-coupled and hybrid microelectronic products that will complement nLight’s current products. The acquisition of new core competencies will be combined with nLight’s semiconductor laser technology to expand nLight’s product portfolio.
  • Silterra, eMemory Collaborate on Neobit CMOS Logic OTP Memory
    Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and eMemory Technology today announced that the companies have verified the Neobit(TM) one-time-programmable (OTP) memory on Silterra’s 0.18-micron CL180G and CL180H CMOS process technologies. Silterra, a prominent wafer foundry based in Malaysia, and eMemory, a leading provider of embedded non-volatile memory intellectual property (IP), have also collaborated on the 0.13-micron CL130G version of the design, which is ready for silicon validation.
  • NEC Develops IMAPCAR Image Processor for Automotive Safety Systems
    NEC Electronics Corporation and NEC Corporation, with support from Toyota Motor Corporation and Denso Corporation (“Denso”), today introduced the IMAPCAR(R) image processor for automobiles, which can detect nearby objects such as vehicles, pedestrians, and lane markers in real-time, enabling automobile manufacturers to easily implement safety mechanisms and collision prevention systems. IMAPCAR will be featured in the pre-crash safety system of the new Lexus LS460 developed by Toyota, scheduled to be available this autumn.
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  • Toshiba to Make Microsoft’s Zune Portable Media Player
    NY Times: “Microsoft said Friday that Toshiba would make the Zune portable media player, Microsoft’s answer to the iPod from Apple Computer. A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that a filing by Toshiba, the Japanese electronics maker, with the Federal Communications Commission for a portable audio player was for Zune, which is scheduled to be released later this year. The filing says the device will have a 3-inch liquid-crystal-display screen, a 30-gigabyte hard-disk drive and wireless connectivity.”
  • Wal-Mart No Help with Soaring Copper Prices
    SemiSerious blog: “So much for copper being a low cost replacement for gold wires. Labor strife in Chile has reduced the supply of copper driving up raw material costs. There seems to be no end to high commodity prices faced by the microelectronics industry. If only there was a way to get Wal-Mart on our side to drive down the price of commodities. It’s so unfair that the retailing monster beats down consumer product prices while the poor microelectronics folk suffer ever-increasing costs of production.”