News – 2007.01.29 – Early Edition

YOGITECH Rolls Out fRMEM SIL3 IP for Safety-Critical Systems
YOGITECH announced fRMEM, a family of fault supervisors for memory subsystems fulfilling the risk level SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508 as certified by TÜV SÜD. fRMEM is available for SRAM connected to the system bus, for Tightly Coupled Memories, caches and for non volatile memories (Flashes, NAND Flashes and EEPROM). fRMEM is also designed to allow interoperability with external Built-In-Self-Test or Built-In-Self Repair modules.

Intel Prototypes First Processor with Tiny 45nm Transistors
In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors – or switches – will be inside the next generation Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Xeon(R) families of multi-core processors. The company also said it has five early-version products up and running — the first of fifteen 45nm processor products planned from Intel.

IBM Uses High-k Metal Gate Technology for New Generation Chips
IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it has developed a long-sought improvement to the transistor – the tiny on/off switch that serves as the basic building block of virtually all microchips made today. Working with AMD and its other development partners Sony and Toshiba, the company has found a way to construct a critical part of the transistor with a new material, clearing a path toward chip circuitry that is smaller, faster and more power-efficient than previously thought possible.

SEMATECH Creates Dual Metal Gates for High-k CMOS Devices
Taking the final step in the quest for dual metal gates, SEMATECH engineers have demonstrated high-k/metal gate stacks that were used to build high-performance nMOS and pMOS transistors in a CMOS configuration.

Broadcom Wins Second Patent Case Against Qualcomm
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that late this afternoon a federal jury in San Diego found that the company had not infringed two patents for digital video compression owned by Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM).

ON Semiconductor Debuts DC-DC Converters for Portable Devices
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of efficient power management solutions, introduced two new high-performing pulse width modulation (PWM), pulse frequency modulation (PFM) and PWM-only dc-dc converters optimized for portable applications. Supplying clean output voltage with very low ripple voltage and fast transient response, the new NCP1523 and NCP1523B are ideal for use in power sensitive applications such as micro hard disk drives found in multimedia portable devices.

MIPS Licenses Processor Cores to NEC for Digital Homes
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, networking, personal entertainment, communications and business applications, announced that NEC Electronics Corporation has selected the MIPS32(R) 24KEc(TM) and 24KEf(TM) cores to power advanced solutions for the digital home. MIPS Technologies holds a commanding presence in this burgeoning market segment, which includes digital TV, set-top boxes and DVD.

JEDA Native SystemC Assertion to Integrate with CoWare ESL Tools
JEDA Technologies, announced that they are cooperating with CoWare, the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, to integrate JEDA’s NSCa (Native SystemC assertion) into the CoWare environment. This integration will bring JEDA’s native SystemC assertion-based verification technology to CoWare users. JEDA also joins CoWare’s CoTeam partnership program.

MagnaChip Semiconductor Expands Offering with Three IP Providers
MagnaChip Semiconductor, Ltd., a leading global designer, developer and manufacturer of image sensor solutions, display driver IC (DDI) solutions, mixed-signal and digital multimedia semiconductors, announced that its Semiconductor Manufacturing Services (SMS) business has expanded its IP offering in partnership with three leading IP providers.

Siemens Automation and Drives Acquires UGS, Plans VDO Automotive IPO
With its acquisition of U.S. software producer UGS Corp., of Plano, Texas, the Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) Group will expand its product spectrum in automation technology to include industrial software for planning, design and simulation in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). As a trendsetter in industrial automation, A&D will now be able to offer its customers worldwide solutions for creating digital factories. The purchase price for the deal is around US$3.5 billion including debt. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

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