News – 2006.09.18 – Early Edition

  • Gleichmann Distributes New NEC Super-Transmissive Natural Light TFTs
    Gleichmann Electronics distributes three new amorphous silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) from NEC Electronics Europe. The new products comprise of an 8.4-inch SVGA TFT LCD module, part number NL8060BC21-03, an 8.4-inch VGA TFT LCD module, part number NL6448BC26-09C and a 6.5-inch VGA TFT LCD module, part number NL6448BC20-20.
  • Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0 Simplifies Microcontroller Development
    pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme introduces at the electronica 2006 in Hall A6, Booth 712 a Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0, which is one of the most versatile, powerful and, at the same time, comfortable tools for the development, test and service of microcontroller applications.
  • Magma Drops One Patent Claim Against Synopsys
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced that it has received a letter from Magma Design Automation stating that Magma is dropping its assertions of infringement against Synopsys relating to Patent No. 6,931,610. The ’610 Patent is one of the patents Magma asserted against Synopsys in the Delaware intellectual property litigation.
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  • ITC Confirms SigmaTel Patents, Actions Chips Bar from Entry into USA
    SigmaTel Inc., a leader in mixed-signal multimedia solutions, today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued orders finding that SigmaTel’s two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,366,522 and 6,633,187, are infringed by system-on-chip controllers for portable digital music players manufactured by Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., based in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, and that infringing players containing Actions 207X, 208X and 209X chips should be excluded from entry into the United States.
  • HiTechnic to Develop Sensors for LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Platform
    The LEGO Group today announced partnership with HiTechnic to allow the manufacture and sale of hardware accessories certified by the LEGO Group for the newly-released LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT robotics toolset. This debut partnership represents the evolution of the company’s commitment to community-driven innovation and open-source development surrounding the launch of its next generation robotics system.
  • NeoMagic Receives Embedded DRAM Patent
    NeoMagic announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to the Company that covers a number of important aspects of embedded dynamic random-access-memory (DRAM) technology and on-chip semiconductor memories. Specifically, the USPTO granted NeoMagic United States Patent No. 7,106,619, which covers the use of specific on-chip memory structures, circuit configurations and techniques that the Company believes may be employed by several large semiconductor manufacturers and system providers around the world in microchips for such diverse areas as electronic entertainment systems, digital imaging systems and mobile telecommunications devices.
  • Blackstone Group Led Consortium Acquires Freescale for $17.6 Billion
    Freescale Semiconductor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets, announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by a private equity consortium in a transaction with a total equity value of $17.6 billion. The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group.