EDA News – 2007.06.08

QUALCOMM to Seek Presidential Veto of 3G Mobile Broadband Handset Ban
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA ) and other advanced wireless technologies, stated that it is extremely disappointed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to ban the import of future models of 3G mobile broadband handsets incorporating QUALCOMM chipsets and software accused of infringing a Broadcom patent. Although all of the Commissioners agreed that a disruption in the supply of EV-DO and WCDMA handsets would negatively impact the public interest and public safety, the remedy fashioned by the majority does not protect the public interest or public safety. QUALCOMM will ask the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to stay enforcement of the ITC’s order and ask the President to veto the ITC’s decision. QUALCOMM maintains that Broadcom’s patent is invalid and not infringed.

Digital View creates Display Controllers for Harsh Environments
Digital View has introduced a range of products specifically designed for applications which use LCDs in harsh environments. The new products will be welcomed by anyone designing applications for sectors such as aviation and the military.

ST Journal Reveals Research on Wireless Sensor Networks
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leader in wireless and sensor technology, has published its latest issue of the ST Journal of Research focusing on Wireless Sensor Networks. Previous issues, similarly focused on a particular technology theme, have presented details on the Company’s advanced research efforts on MEMS and Multimedia Streaming Technologies.

PrismTech Creates SDR Solution for Smallest Miniature Computers
PrismTech(TM), an acknowledged leader in the provision of high performance middleware and tools, announced the availability of its Spectra(TM) Operating Environment (OE) on the Gumstix(TM) family of small form factor computers. This technology breakthrough delivers the first complete COTS Software Communications Architecture (SCA) software defined radio (SDR) solution on the world’s smallest full-function computer, offering significant cost, size, weight and power (SWaP) benefits for SDR developers.

Nallatech Unveils Multi-Channel FPGA COTS with 8-bit 3 GSPS ADCs
Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announces the introduction of two ultra-high-speed analog capture modules featuring the latest Giga-sample Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) from National Semiconductor. These new products offer customers multiple ultra wide band analog I/O capture channels directly coupled to a Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA – a powerful combination ideal for addressing the processing requirements of demanding embedded applications such as SIGINT, RADAR and LIDAR (light detecting and ranging). This new product range further strengthens Nallatech’s position as the dominant supplier of COTS FPGA embedded products for the defense and security markets.

Nintendo DS Browser Rolls Out in North America
Opera Software announced that the Nintendo DST Browser, powered by Opera, is now available to the North American market. Packaged just as a game cartridge, the DS browser is sold at an estimated retail price of $29.99. There are two variants of the DS browser cartridge for either the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite systems. Both variants are available on Nintendo.com, with the browser for Nintendo DS Lite also available at locations where video games are sold.

MAZeT Customizes OEM Color Sensing
MAZeT GmbH, the leading system manufacturer for industrial electronics, presents the newest products from the JENCOLOR family for spectral analysis at the SENSOR+TEST 2007 trade fair. Starting immediately, MAZeT also offers customized OEM Color Sensing, in the field of color analysis and spectral sensor systems, to its customers.

u-blox Offers Free AssistNow A-GPS Services
u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, announced the free provision of AssistNow(R) A-GPS services. AssistNow is an off-the-shelf A-GPS service that boosts a GPS receiver’s performance, allowing it to compute a position almost instantly, even in difficult signal environments. A-GPS benefits all GPS-enabled applications, especially those that require “always-on” operability such as fleet management applications or GPS-enabled handheld devices, whose users wish to access location-based services instantly, regardless of signal conditions.