EDA News – 2007.02.08

Ikivo Enrich Supports End-to-End Development of Rich Media for Mobile
Ikivo AB, the leading provider of standards based rich media software for mobile devices, announces its new product family, ‘Ikivo Enrich.’ Comprising ‘Enrich Clients’ and ‘Enrich Tools’, this product suite supports the end-to-end development of advanced rich media services such as Interactive Mobile TV, on-device portals, mobile advertising and music services.

CSR Bluetooth Chip Enables High Quality Headset for $6 eBOM
CSR has launched a new Bluetooth chip and example design that dramatically reduces the cost of Bluetooth headsets and stimulates market demand. CSR’s new BlueVOX-QFN chip, together with all of the necessary components for a Bluetooth mono headset, will cost OEMs only $6 Bill of Materials (eBOM), meaning they can now produce Bluetooth headsets at a fraction of current costs CSR’s BlueVOX-QFN is available now, and headsets using BlueVOX QFN are expected to be on the market by Spring 2007.

TPL Licenses Moore Microprocessor Patent Portfolio to NEC
Alliacense announced that NEC Corporation has purchased a Moore Microprocessor Patent(TM) (MMP) Portfolio license from The TPL Group. As the first global manufacturer to become an MMP Portfolio licensee in 2007, NEC closely follows in the footsteps of HP, Casio, Fujitsu, Sony, Nikon, Seiko Epson, Pentax, Olympus, Kenwood, Agilent, Lexmark and Schneider Electric, all of whom purchased MMP licenses during 2006.

NXP Acquires Cellular Communications Unit from Silicon Laboratories
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced it will acquire the Cellular Communications Business of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq:SLAB) for US$285 million [approximately 220 million Euro equivalent] in cash. NXP may pay up to an additional US$65 million [approximately 50 million Euro equivalent] contingent upon the achievement of certain milestones in the next three years. The assets to be acquired include the RF CMOS technology based transceivers for cellular phones, as well as the monolithic cellular systems chips.

Synopsys Formality Sets Verification Standard for Mplicity CoreUpGrade
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Mplicity, a leader in multi-core design implementation, has standardized on the Synopsys Formality(R) equivalence checking solution and its retiming verification methodology for customers of Mplicity’s CoreUpGrade offering. The Formality solution extends the reach of equivalence checking technology to provide a comprehensive verification offering that addresses complex design optimizations.

Technosoft Unveils Minidrive for High Precision Motion Control
With the new IPS210 high precision, fully digital minidrive, Technosoft continues to expand its family of intelligent universal drives based on the MotionChip(TM) DSP Control Technology. Designed to embed motion control, drive and PLC functionalities in an incredibly small single unit (62×42×20 mm) this minidrive is easy to integrate in motion control applications where space is critical.

Leading Companies to Develop Platform for 3G Mobile Phone Handsets
NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Renesas Technology Corp., Fujitsu Limited, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sharp Corporation, and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, announced that they plan to jointly develop a next-generation mobile phone platform(1) for dual-mode handsets supporting HSDPA(2)/W-CDMA (3G) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G). Development of the platform is targeted to complete during Q2 FY2008 (July-September).

UIQ 3.1 Extends Softkey Configuration for Mobile Phones
UIQ Technology announces the availability of UIQ 3.1, an extension of UIQ 3, the open software platform and user interface based on Symbian OS. UIQ 3.1 further extends configuration options when creating new mobile phones and provides added benefits in both usability and flexibility.

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