EDA News – 2007.01.12

  • PTO to Re-Examine All Three Patents in Magma-Synopsys Dispute
    Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) announced that the third and final patent at issue in its lawsuit with Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) has been accepted for reexamination after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) found substantial new questions of patentability as to all 54 of the patent’s claims. As a result, all three patents at issue in the companies’ California litigation are under reexamination and on a path that could result in their invalidation.
  • Low Power Coalition Issues Request for Technology
    Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that the Low Power Coalition (LPC) has issued a Request for Technology (RFT) seeking additional enabling technologies building upon and enhancing the Common Power Format (CPF). CPF was recently approved as a Si2 specification and will be released industry-wide after a patent exclusionary period ending on March 4, 2007.
  • NI Rolls Out Low-Cost, High-Performance USB Modules for CAN, LIN
    National Instruments announced the release of its first USB modules for high-speed and low-speed/fault-tolerant Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) monitoring, logging and testing, combining the quality and performance of NI CAN software and hardware with the benefits of Hi-Speed USB. With a low price point and a synchronization option, engineers now have an easy, cost-effective and portable solution for connecting their PCs to CAN and LIN devices and networks for device validation, test and in-vehicle data logging.
  • u-blox Hand Delivers 5,000,000th GPS Receiver to Mobile Crossing
    u-blox America, Inc. delivered its 5,000,000th GPS receiver to Mobile Crossing, Inc., an innovative manufacturer of rugged handheld GPS computers and personal navigation devices (PND). Mr. Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America, delivered the GPS receiver personally to Mr. Raymond Hou, CEO of Mobile Crossing, during a special ceremony held at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Also present during the ceremonial delivery was Mr. Hansjörg Sage representing 3i Deutschland, a significant investor in u-blox.
  • Gleichmann Electronics Wins Best Performing SLSI Distributor NEC Award
    At the December 2006 NEC Electronics Europe distribution meeting in Dusseldorf, Gleichmann Electronics was the first company ever to receive the award for “Best Performing SLSI Distributor”. Crucial to this award was the number of design wins, which Gleichmann Electronics was able to more than double within the past 12 months, achieved by concentrating on the sectors: Building Management, Motor Control, Healthcare, Industrial Automation and Connectivity.
  • SDC Systems Introduces WiFi Development Platforms to Europe
    Embedded systems tools and software distributor SDC Systems have announced the availability of a range of hardware platforms and reference design boards that target engineers working to develop wireless systems. Developed and manufactured in the US by ADI Engineering, these platforms are based on the powerful Intel Xscale silicon architecture and come complete with operating system, application software and protocol stacks.
  • DSM Computer Unveils Industrial Slot CPU Card with Intel Core 2 Duo
    To easily master computing-intensive tasks, DSM Computer has equipped its new “96M4261o” industrial slot CPU card with an Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor. An internal PCI Express x1 interface for LAN and a PCI Express x16 interface specially for graphic applications permit the data to be transferred fast and reliably thanks to the high computing power.
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