Global Storage Software Market Remain Strong
The worldwide storage software market experienced its 13th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2006 with revenues of $2.6 billion, a 3.1% increase over the same quarter one year ago. For the full year 2006, storage software revenues totaled $9.8 billion, growing 8.3% year over year. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, storage replication was once again a major factor driving the sector’s growth.
Consumer Electronics Sales Continue to Increase
A succession of attractive new products, along with falling prices and increased capabilities, has helped make the consumer electronics (CE) market seemingly impervious to economic ups and downs around the world, reports In-Stat. Strong CE sales are expected to continue for several years, with total shipments increasing from 2.1 billion units in 2006 to 3 billion units in 2010, the high-tech market research firm says.
Wireless Devices Features to Drive Purchases
Continued demand for communications and portable computing devices with innovative new features will drive purchases this year and help to boost sales of the semiconductors used in these products. This was the perspective of Semico president, Jim Feldhan, in opening remarks at today’s 10th annual Semico Summit Executive Conference.
Avery Design Unveils PCI Express Gen2 Verification IP Test Suite
Avery Design Systems, provider of industry proven Verification IP for PCI Express and Parallel/Serial ATA, announced the availability of PCI-Xactor for the PCI Express 2.0 (Gen2) with comprehensive coverage on the digital logic portion of the PCI–SIG Protocol Checklist.
LitePoint Introduces WiMAX Manufacturing Test Software
LitePoint Corporation, an industry leading provider of advanced wireless test solutions, announced the availability of the LitePoint IQfact(TM) manufacturing test software for products based on Sequans WiMAX chipsets. The turnkey software package runs on IQmax(TM)-500 R&D and IQmax-100 WiMAX manufacturing one-box test solutions. Wireless product manufacturers can now get the same fastest test times and best test coverage for WiMAX that they’ve already been getting using LitePoint’s other successful IQfact products for WiFi, MIMO and Bluetooth.
MagnaChip Launches QVGA TFT Driver IC for Mobile Phone Displays
MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading global designer, developer and manufacturer of image sensor solutions, mixed-signal and digital multimedia semiconductors, announced the launch of its optimized TA7501 product designed for use in mobile phone displays.
Ramtron Creates 4-Megabit Nonvolatile FRAM Memory
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, launched the semiconductor industry’s first 4-megabit (Mb) FRAM memory — the highest-density FRAM product available. The FM22L16 is a 4Mb, 3-volt, parallel nonvolatile RAM in a 44-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package that features fast access, virtually unlimited read/write cycles and low power consumption. Pin-compatible with asynchronous static RAM (SRAM), the FM22L16 targets industrial control systems such as robotics, network and data storage applications, multi-function printers, auto navigation systems and a host of other SRAM-based system designs.
DDC-I, Northrop Grumman Migrate KC-135 Ada Tools
DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, announced that it has been selected by Northrop Grumman to help migrate the KC-135′s Ada software development environment from a VAX/VMS to a PC/Windows XP host. The change in host environment will greatly reduce the cost associated with providing fielded support for the KC-135′s Ada code.
Global Unichip Tapes Out 65nm Chip with Cadence Digital IC Design Platform
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, said Global Unichip Corporation (GUC; TW:3443), a leading system-on-chip (SoC) design foundry, is the first Taiwan-based design company to complete a successful tapeout of a 65-nanometer device. The success of this 65-nanometer tapeout further strengthened GUC’s advanced technology capabilities to serve the top tier customers worldwide. GUC used the Cadence(R) Low-Power Solution and SoC Encounter(R) GXL RTL-to-GDSII system to achieve the tapeout.
Intel Develops Solid State Nand Flash Drive
Intel(R) introduced the Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive. Based on NAND flash memory with industry standard USB interfaces, the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid State Drive offers cost-effective, high-performance storage for a wide variety of computing and embedded platforms. With advantages over hard disk drive (HDD) or removable universal serial bus (USB) storage devices, Intel’s Solid State Drives deliver faster boot times, embedded code storage, rapid data access and low-power storage alternatives for value PCs, routers, servers, gaming and industrial applications.
Toshiba Uses OCP in Super Companion Chip
OCP-IP announced that the OCP interface is at the heart of the Toshiba Super Companion Chip (SCC). The SCC is not a single-application processor, but spans a range of devices with multiple uses and flexibility, which represents yet another large usage point for the OCP interface.
Mercury Computer Systems, IPV Target Professional Video Market
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced its collaboration with IPV to bring the massive compute power of the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor to the professional video market. The collaboration will initially focus on the development of software tools, libraries, and applications to support implementation of predictive block-based video codecs such as MPEG4 (H.264).