News – 2007.04.18 – Early Edition

Cirrus Logic Creates Single Chip for Blu-ray Disc, HD, DVD
As consumer electronics manufacturers ramp products supporting the next-generation HD-DVD(TM) and Blu-ray Disc(R) DVD high-definition DVD formats, Cirrus Logic Inc (Nasdaq:CRUS) has introduced a single-chip audio processor, the CS49700, designed to meet the demanding processing tasks associated with these emerging new standards. Available today in volume production, the CS49700 enables mass-market home theater products, such as audio/video receivers, combination high-definition DVD players and receivers and Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD players, at all price points.

INC3 Calls for Global Collaboration on Nanotechnology
About 250 technologists and policy makers from around the globe meet this week in Brussels, Belgium, at INC3, the third international nanotechnology conference on communication and cooperation, to discuss the latest developments in nanotechnology, the challenges and bottlenecks, and the economic and societal implications. The need for collaboration involving industry, academia, society stakeholders, governments and financial institutions at world-wide level will be presented in technology and economic presentations.

Red Bend’s FOTA Solution Updates 105 Million Mobile Phones
Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updating solutions for mobile phones and modules, announced record growth for its mobile software management solutions. In the first quarter, Red Bend increased its share of FOTA-embedded mobile phones to 105 million units across 76 mobile phone models from seven leading manufacturers. In addition, Red Bend announced a global license agreement with Motorola and entered the M2M (machine-to-machine) market through a deal with Telit Wireless Solutions.

Open Kernel Labs Announces OKL4 Commercial L4 Microkernel
Open Kernel Labs (OK), a global provider of operating systems and virtualization technology, announces the availability of OKL4, its commercial version of the L4 microkernel. OK’s software enables the development of more reliable, trustworthy and affordable embedded mobile and consumer devices.

Fluffy Spider Technologies, Open Kernel Labs Form Alliance
Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST), a world leader in the development of user interface technology for embedded devices, and Open Kernel Labs (OK), a global provider of embedded operating systems and virtualisation technology, announce a joint
research, development and marketing alliance. This benefits OEM’s and end-users of consumer, mobile, commercial and industrial devices.

Open Kernel Labs Establishes Headquarters in the United States
Open Kernel Labs (OK), a spin-off of National ICT Australia (NICTA) – Australia’s prestigious Center of Excellence for Information and Communications Technology, announces it has established its worldwide headquarters in the United States. OK is a global supplier of operating systems and virtualization technology enabling the development of more reliable, trustworthy and affordable mobile and consumer electronics devices.

Mercury Unveils Echotek Series RF 1800GT Microwave Tuner
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) introduced the Echotek Series RF 1800GT microwave tuner that sets new benchmarks for low phase noise, fast switching speed, and high dynamic range. An ultra high-performance wideband microwave receiver, the Echotek 1800GT features a direct digital synthesizer, which uncouples tuning speed from phase noise, thereby creating the fastest and highest performance tuner on the market and the ideal fit for signals intelligence and electronic warfare systems.

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Embedded Developers Create Source Code Checkers with Coverity Extend
Coverity, Inc., makers of the world’s most advanced source code analysis solution, announced the general availability of a new version of Coverity Extend, a suite of tools that enables embedded, ISV and enterprise developers to easily create customized source code checkers that work with Coverity Prevent, the company’s flagship analysis product. The new version now has full access to C/C++ types and comes with a new library of examples as well as extensive documentation. The product is an important upgrade for developers working on software with special features that require unique source code analysis checks.

TAEC Announces 16GB Embedded NAND Flash Memory
Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) announced with Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), its subsidiary in the Americas, that the company has commercialized a new embedded NAND Flash memory series, which complies with the eMMC(TM) standard and achieves the industry’s largest capacity(1). The new 16 gigabyte(2) (GB) devices are designed for application in mobile consumer products, such as mobile phones and video cameras. Samples will be available in the second quarter of this year and mass production will start in the fourth quarter. Ahead of that, Toshiba will start shipping 8GB samples this month, and will start mass production in the third quarter.

XtremeData Supports Intel Front Side Bus with Stratix III FPGA
Altera (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced that XtremeData has chosen the high-performance Stratix(R) III FPGA for their XD2000i plug-compatible FPGA co-processor module supporting Intel’s front side bus (FSB). This high performance computing solution will supply additional processing power to Intel Xeon processor-based servers. The module plugs directly into the processor socket of dual- or quad-socket servers. It will provide high performance application acceleration ranging from 10x to 100x compared to processors alone, while simultaneously reducing overall system power consumption.

Synopsys Announces IC Compiler 2007.03
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the 2007.03 release of IC Compiler, Synopsys’ next-generation place-and-route solution. The 2007.03 release heralds significant advances in IC designer productivity through faster runtime, higher capacity, smarter multi-corner/multi-mode (MCMM) optimizations, and improved predictability. The release also rolls out physical design support for the emerging 45-nanometer (nm) technology wave. With greater than $100 million in cumulative customer orders and nearly 100 active customer designs, IC Compiler is increasingly the choice for market-leading IC designers in a broad class of applications and across a wide silicon technology spectrum.

Synopsys Rolls Out Design Compiler 2007 for Synthesis
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced availability of the latest release of its Design Compiler(R) synthesis solution, Design Compiler 2007. The new release extends topographical technology to accelerate design closure for designs utilizing advanced low-power and test techniques, boosting designers productivity and IC performance. Topographical technology allows designers to accurately estimate a chip’s power consumption during synthesis and address any power issues early in the design cycle. Moreover, topographical technology supports new test compression technology in Design Compiler 2007 to achieve high test quality while reducing test time and test data volume by more than 100 times.

Synopsys, NanoGeometry Take OPC to 45nm and Beyond
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and NanoGeometry Research, Inc. (NGR), a technology leader in electron beam pattern inspection tools for microelectronics manufacturing, announced that they are collaborating to enable faster, more accurate, more predictive optical proximity correction (OPC) model-building at 45 nanometers and beyond. This collaboration brings together advanced design-for-manufacturing (DFM) and metrology expertise to focus on building advanced “manufacturing-aware” OPC and reticle-enhancement technology (RET) lithography simulation models.

UMC Joins Power Forward Initiative
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that global semiconductor foundry UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) has joined the Power Forward Initiative (PFI). The Initiative, made up of more than 20 industry-leading electronics companies, was formed in May 2006 to advance the adoption of the Common Power Format (CPF) which captures essential design intent for power and links the design, implementation and verification domains.