- Samsung Electronics Creates Double-Sided Mobile LCD Panel
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels announced that it has created the first LCD panel that can produce independent images on each side of a mobile LCD display. Samsung’s new double-sided LCD can show two entirely different pictures or sets of visual data simultaneously on the front and back of the same screen. Other conventional double-sided LCDs can only show a reverse image of the same video data.
- Re-Examination to Proceed in Synopsys-Magma Patent Litigation
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) said that a U.S. district court’s decision in the patent litigation between Magma and Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) denied Synopsys’ requests to halt the re-examination process of one of the patents at issue.
- Symmetricom Acquires QoSmetrics, QoE for IPTV, Triple Play Services
Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, announced the acquisition of QoSmetrics S.A., a privately held provider of QoE solutions for IPTV and other triple play services. The purchase price of approximately $16 million was paid in cash.
- Synopsys Retains Ownership of Fixed Timing Patents
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered Magma Design Automation to immediately withdraw its claim of ownership to the ’446 and ’438 patents and to transfer title to Synopsys. These patents are at the heart of the ongoing litigation between Synopsys and Magma.
- Cirrus Logic Acquires Caretta Integrated Circuits
Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS), a leading designer of high-precision analog, mixed-signal and embedded integrated circuits, announced that it has purchased all of the outstanding stock of Caretta Integrated Circuits, a fabless integrated circuit (IC) design company based in Shanghai. In connection with the acquisition, Cirrus Logic paid Caretta’s stockholders $10.5 million in cash and has agreed to pay certain employees a potential earn-out based on financial performance over the next two years.
- EVE Acquires Tharas Systems, Hammer Hardware Accelerators
EVE, a leading provider of high-performance, hardware-assisted verification solutions, announced that it acquired Tharas Systems, Inc., developer of the Hammer line of hardware accelerators. The acquisition is driven to strengthen and expand EVE’s position in the hardware-assisted verification market from leading supplier of extremely fast emulation/prototyping solutions to provider of best-in-class accelerators.
- Xyratex RAID Integrates with DVS-SAN for Film-HD Post Production
Xyratex Ltd. (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of storage systems for OEMs and Solution Integrators, announced that DVS Digital Video Systems GmbH will integrate Xyratex’s F5402E FC-SAS/SATA RAID system into selected products from its line of Film/HD Post Production solutions.
- Critical Links edgeBOX OEM Program Targets Network Equipment Vendors
Critical Links, an international networking technology company, announced the launch of a program to make its award-winning edgeBOX software solutions available to OEM network equipment manufacturers. Under the program, OEM partners gain access to a complete and integrated software platform for the development of converged and sophisticated “all in one” networking devices targeted at SMBs and Branch Offices. A number of new partnerships with “OEM ecosystem” partners, including silicon vendors, ODMs and ISVs, are to be announced in early 2007.