News – 2007.02.01 – Early Edition

Court Rules Synopsys, IBM Jointly Own 2 Patents in Magma Litigation
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) announced that a U.S. District Court ruled Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) jointly own two of the three patents at issue in the California patent litigation between Magma and Synopsys, a decision consistent with the position Magma argued regarding the two patents. The court ruled that the third patent is owned solely by Synopsys.

Stratos Receives Patent for RFID Technology in Fiber Optic Components
Stratos International (Nasdaq: STLW), a leader in RF and fiberoptic solutions for telecom, enterprise, military and broadcast video markets, announced that the company has been issued a US patent (US Patent No. 7,165,728) for a new technology that utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for on-device storage of performance test information for fiber optic connectors and components.

Agilent Rolls Out Enhanced Visual Engineering Environment Software
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced enhanced versions of its Visual Engineering Environment (VEE) software, a powerful, interactive and open graphical language that is designed to provide a fast and easy path to measurement analysis.

Silicon Image Sues Analogix for Infringement of Trade Secrets
Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG), a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., a Delaware corporation based in Santa Clara, California.

National Semiconductor Acquires Xignal Technologies
National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) announced that it is acquiring Xignal Technologies AG, a German-based developer of high-speed data converters. Xignal is a pioneer in the development of continuous-time sigma delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a technology that enables high-resolution (12-bits and above) ADCs at megahertz (MHz) speeds with greatly reduced power levels compared to traditional pipeline solutions. The continuous time architecture greatly simplifies system design as it allows incorporation of other signal path functions, such as on-board clocks, low- noise amplifiers and external filters.

Measurement Computing Releases USB Counter-Timer Modules
Measurement Computing Corporation, the market leader in low-cost data acquisition, announced the release of two new counter/timer devices for the USB bus. The USB-4301 is a 5-channel, 16-bit counter/timer with one 8-bit dedicated input port, and one 8-bit dedicated output port. It is based on the powerful 9513 series chip. The USB-4303 is a 10-channel version, based on two 9513 series chips. The new products emulate Measurement Computing’s reliable PCI-CTR05 and PCI-CTR10 counter/timer classics.

Barric Offers Cable Assembly Production Services
Contract electronics manufacturer, Barric, have announced that they will now be providing a service for the production of high quality ‘cable assemblies’ and ‘cable harnesses’. Cable assemblies are essential components for electronic and electrical goods and play a critical role in the long-term performance and reliability of modern equipment. Barric have been manufacturing cable assemblies for many years, as a part of the complete electronic product manufacturing service that they provide to clients across Europe and the US. These products range from safety critical marine systems to terabyte hard disk storage equipment for the broadcast industry.

Mobile MicroTuners Enable Clear Pictures on Mobile TV Phones
Mobile TV suppliers face a difficult problem in bringing real-time digital TV, comparable to the perceived quality of home television sets, to mobile devices. Interference of the television signal from the environment can result in poor reception, disappointing viewers who expect quality TV pictures even on a small mobile display screen. Broadcast TV stations, cellular transmissions and automotive ignition systems can clutter the airwaves, causing blocky TV pictures, artifacts and lost signals. The primary cause of interference, however, is the power amplifier within the mobile device, located only millimeters away from the television tuner chip. The tuner is the one small, but critical, component that is responsible for receiving and cleaning-up the quality of the TV signal.

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