EDA News – 2007.07.12

Nu Horizons Electronics Seminars Feature LTspice SPICE Simulator
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. (NASDAQ:NUHC), a leading global distributor of advanced technology semiconductor, display, illumination and system solutions; announced the expansion of their successful “Xpress Track” education and training program seminar series featuring the LTspice/SwitcherCAD(TM) III Seminar by one of their leading suppliers, Linear Technology. This 31-city global seminar series, which began on May 14th in the United States and on July 9th in China, offers engineers the opportunity to learn about the LTspice as a general purpose SPICE simulator for AC analysis, DC sweeps, noise analysis and circuit simulations. Seminar dates continue in both APAC and the US through the end of October, and features LTspice author/creator, Mike Engelhardt as the key note presenter.

Optima EPS Simulates and Tests Cabinet Enclosures
Optima EPS, an Elma Company, offers several design services for its cabinet enclosures. These include thermal simulation, structural analysis, environmental testing, agency approvals, and more. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics and finite testing, Optima can identify potential hot spots in the cabinet. From there, Optima can use a combination of techniques to resolve the issue. These include fan placement and type, heat exchangers, blocking or redirecting airflow, and more. Customers can be assured of a cooling solution that meets their specifications.

International Rectifier Debuts Configurable Dual Phase PWM Control ICs
International Rectifier, IR(R) (NYSE:IRF), a world leader in power management technology, introduced two dual channel synchronous buck control ICs with integrated high performance drivers for medium- to high-current point-of-load (POL) buck converters used in networking, computing, and communications systems.

Analog Devices Improves Othello Radio for 3G TD-SCDMA Wireless Handset
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, unveiled the latest addition to its award-winning family of Othello(R) direct conversion radios and its broad TD-SCDMA product portfolio, the Othello-3T AD6552. Expanding on the company’s legacy as a leading provider of solutions for TD-SCDMA wireless handsets, the Othello-3T AD6552 is ADI’s second-generation radio designed specifically for the 3G TD-SCDMA standard and complements all of the company’s TD-SCDMA baseband chipsets, including SoftFone-LCR and SoftFone-LCR+.

Broadcom Offers Royalty-Free Licenses to Health, Safety Groups
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it is willing to grant royalty-free licenses to U.S. Patent No. 6,714,983 to state and local government agencies and private not-for-profit organizations to import cellular phones for use in public health, safety and emergency response applications.

Wavecom Develops Q26Ultra Automotive Grade 3G M2M Wireless CPU
Wavecom SA (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced the launch of its fully programmable 3G Wireless CPU(R), the Q26Ultra, using high bandwidth cellular capabilities to address the growing automotive and alarm/security markets.

MoSys Acquires Atmel’s Network Storage Products Group
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced that it sold its network storage products group to MoSys Inc. (Nasdaq: MOSY) on July 2, 2007 for an undisclosed sum, which included cash and the assumption of certain liabilities. The products include SoC (system-on-chip) semiconductor solutions targeted for the network storage and HD DVD marketplaces. As part of the transaction, Atmel will transfer the products and related intellectual property to MoSys, and over 100 current Atmel employees located in various sites worldwide will become employees of MoSys. None of the products has been released to production, thus there is no revenue transferred.

Cirrus Logic Acquires Apex Microtechnology for $42 Million
Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS), a leading designer of high-precision analog, mixed-signal and embedded integrated circuits, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Apex Microtechnology, a leading provider of precision high-power analog amplifier products, for $42 million in cash.