EDA News – 2007.08.09

In-Stat Reports on Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly, Test Market
The fast-growing Global Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) market is the key story in the Asian semiconductor assembly and test market, reports In-Stat. Asia’s dominance as the world’s semiconductor manufacturing hub, coupled with its increased semiconductor consumption and low labor costs, has been conducive to setting up the OSAT industry in the region, the high-tech market research firm says.

Silicon Wafer Shipment Increases by 5% in Second Quarter 2007
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments continued to grow, increasing nearly five percent during the second quarter of 2007 when compared to the first quarter of 2007 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

USPTO Awards Two Mobile Browsing Patents to Bitstream
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company two patents for its technology that enables browsing on mobile devices. This technology is the foundation of the company’s ThunderHawk(TM) product. ThunderHawk is the first browser to provide a consistent, full HTML browsing experience between mobile and desktop environments.

Video Won’t Be Coming Soon to a Front Seat Near You
The prevalence of rear-seat video screens in motor vehicles has prompted some auto industry pundits to warn of the dangers of driver distraction, should front-seat video become just as popular. But a new research brief from ABI Research has a different message: don’t worry, that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

Nokia, Motorola, RIM Rank in Top Three of ABI Smartphone Vendor Matrix
Nokia has been ranked at the top of the latest Smartphone Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research. Motorola and RIM (Research in Motion) claimed the second and third spots in the company’s most recent evaluation of worldwide smartphone vendors. The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.

Test House Validates Advanced Knowledge Associates MIL-STD 1553 RT Core
Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) – the leader in miniaturized, reconfigurable, fully self-contained and high-performance system-on-module technology – announced that it has achieved certification for its MIL-STD-1553B remote terminal (RT) core. First published as an Air Force standard in 1973 to define certain data bus requirements for information transfer, MIL-STD-1553 continues to be used heavily today in mission-critical systems, such as in avionics, space and defense.