News – 2007.05.24 – Early Edition

300,000 LTE Base Transceiver Stations to be Installed by 2014
Nearly 300,000 LTE Base Transceiver Stations will be installed by 2014, according to a new study from ABI Research. While LTE will encounter competition from other mobile broadband technologies, its supporters extol its potential to unify the mobile infrastructure market.

ST Debuts Ultra-Low-Cost Development Kit for STR9 ARM966E MCUs
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in microcontrollers, announced a complete yet very low-cost evaluation and development kit for the company’s powerful STR91x 32-bit microcontroller family, which is based on the ARM966E(R) core and is particularly suited to networked embedded applications. The new STR9-comStick – configured as a ‘USB stick’ with a built-in USB connector that enables it to plug directly into a host PC – has a recommended resale price of just $49, and is supplied with a complete Hitex software tool set.

DeFacTo Technologies Selects Verific HDL Component Software
Verific Design Automation announced that innovative design for test (DFT) software provider DeFacTo Technologies has selected its hardware description level (HDL) Component Software to serve as the register transfer level (RTL) front end for its scan insertion software to be introduced later in the year.

Immersion Creates TouchSense Tactile Feedback for Portable Devices
Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), a leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, announced TouchSense(R) tactile feedback for portable devices, technology that provides confirming tactile response to user touchscreen interactions, which can solve usability problems and enhance the user experience. The technology can be licensed by OEMs and system integrators and embedded into handheld electronics, such as personal navigation devices, remote controls, portable games, media players, test equipment, and mobile data terminals.

Agilent, Net-O2 Unveil First Connectivity Fault Management Test Suite
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Net-O2, a developer of automated communications testing software, announced Net-O2′s integration of its ATTEST Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) protocol conformance test suite into Agilent’s N2X multiservices test solution. Network equipment manufacturers and service providers can use N2X to ensure their Carrier Ethernet switches and routers implementing the CFM mechanisms conform to the relevant IEEE and ITU-T standards, enabling the reliability of voice, video and data services over a robust and proven Ethernet infrastructure.

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Si2 to Host Workshops at Design Automation Conference
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced two workshops being hosted at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) show to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, from June 3-7, 2007. The “Low Power Coalition Workshop – Standards for Low Power Design Intent” will be held on June 3, from 12:30PM – 3:30PM in Room 6D. The “3rd Integrated Design Systems Workshop: Models for Design and Manufacturing – How Modeling Challenges are Touching Every Aspect of IC Design” will be held on June 4, from 12PM – 5PM in Room 6A, and includes lunch. Following are summaries for each workshop.

Avery Design Systems Supports PCI Express IO Virtualization, AMBA AXI
Avery Design Systems Inc., an innovator in functional verification productivity solutions, announced that the PCI-Xactor verification solution will support the recently released PCI Express IO Virtualization (IOV) and Address Translation Services (ATS) standards. Avery also announced improvements in core-level verification for embedded PCI Express (PCIe) cores utilizing AMBA 3 AXI bridging interfaces and advancements in bug detection based on innovative sequential consistency checking.

Leica Geosystems Assists Police Investigation
Leica Geosystems redefined the word “support” when it assisted the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) at the recent collapse of a major San Francisco-area overpass. The CHP not only brought a Leica ScanStation 3D laser scanner with them to map the scene, but Leica Geosystems also responded by dispatching an application engineer to help collect and process the accident scene data.

AMI Debuts MegaRAC SP Service Processor Firmware Stack for AST2000
American Megatrends, a leader in computing innovations, announced the MegaRAC SP Service Processor Firmware Stack for AST2000, bringing fully featured, advanced system management to servers utilizing ASPEED system-on-chip.

Elma Offers Click with a Kick in New Switch
Elma Electronic, a leading designer and manufacturer of rotary components and electronic packaging products, offers new series C08 switches with a “click with a kick”. The coded output switches have a renowned tactile feedback that one can feel when turning the switch. This is a critical feature for changing channels on devices such as mobile radios and medical instruments by feel, without looking at the selection indicator.

Silicon Canvas to Offer Laker Custom IC Design Tools on Open Access
Silicon Canvas, the developer of the Laker suite of high-performance custom IC design tools, announced plans to become the first Company to offer full rule-driven, schematic-driven, and constraint-driven layout flows running natively on Open Access. Laker on OA will be available for previewing at the Silicon Canvas booth #2379 at the 44th Design Automation Conference in San Diego California, June 4th through 7th.