News – 2007.08.09 – Early Edition

National Instruments Kicks Off NIWeek 2007
Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president, CEO and cofounder, kicked off the 13th annual NIWeek virtual instrumentation conference yesterday by discussing the role of National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) LabVIEW in system design and the ways NI plans to take advantage of next-generation programming. He also introduced NI LabVIEW 8.5, the latest version of the company’s graphical programming environment, which includes the new LabVIEW Statechart Module, improved tools in the LabVIEW FPGA Module and unique advances in multicore and real-time programming. Today Jeff Kodosky, NI technology fellow and cofounder, affectionately known as “the father of LabVIEW,” focused on his vision for the future of LabVIEW as well as the current multicore programming challenge.

Nova Measuring Instruments Licenses Patents to Leading Manufacturer
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (Nasdaq: NVMI), provider of leading edge stand alone metrology and the market leader of integrated metrology solutions to the semiconductor process control market, announced that it has licensed several of its patents for more than $1 million to a top-ten semiconductor manufacturer. The license covers the use of integrated metrology and integrated process control before and during the photolithography manufacturing step.

Tolly Group Ranks Metalink’s WLANPlus Chipset First in 802.11n Test
Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK), a provider of high-performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, announced that its WLANPlus(TM) chipset has achieved impressive performance results in independent tests conducted by The Tolly Group. These rigorous tests benchmarked Metalink’s WLANPlus against three products using different 802.11n chipsets. The tests confirmed that the use of Metalink’s solution doubled performance as compared to the closest competitor tested, and in many of the tests by as much as ten-fold. These tests further position WLANPlus as the best-of-breed 802.11n draft 2.0 compliant product and the only one powerful enough to enable high-performance wireless applications.

TPL Streamlines Moore Microprocessor Patent Infringement Case
In a further move to simplify and streamline the Moore Microprocessor Patent(TM) (MMP) Portfolio infringement trial in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, The TPL Group announced that it will ask the Court to enter a partial judgment of non-infringement as to certain products.

Apple iMacs Feature IEEE 1394b FireWire 800
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduction of new iMacs with 1394b this week demonstrates that the 1394b standard, also known as FireWire 800, is gaining significant momentum, the 1394 Trade Association said. The two new members of the iMac line include two 1394 ports, one using 1394a (FireWire 400) and the other 1394b. Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the presence of FireWire 800, indicating that 1394b is now on all iMacs. The new models each run on Intel Core 2 Duo processors with clock speeds of 2 GHz and 2.4 GHz, faster than earlier models. The system bus is also faster than in previous iMacs—800MHz compared to 667MHz. The aluminum enclosure for the iMac conforms with Apple’s Mac Pro and Mac mini products.

Device Manufacturers Make Investments in 300mm Fabs
In a recent analysis of its Fab Database reports, SEMI(R) has found that despite the steep pricing declines experienced by memory, device manufacturers continue to invest significantly in additional 300 mm fab capacity. In total, worldwide 300 mm capacity will double from the beginning of this year by the end of 2008 as 25 new 300 mm high-volume fabs come online. By the end of 2008 only 73 -300 mm fabs will provide over 6.2 million wafers per month. The fab landscape is changing; fewer but larger fabs are being constructed.

Nokia Selects Broadcom BCM21331 EDGE Processor, Power Management Unit
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that Nokia Corporation has selected Broadcom’s advanced single-chip cellular baseband processor and its companion power management unit (PMU) for selected future EDGE mobile phones.

Visant Strategies Sees Robust Printed Circuit Board Industry
The printed circuit board (PCB) industry worldwide will reap the rewards of the growing electronics sectors it serves, but still faces many challenges in keeping pace with rapid evolution within these same industries, a new Visant Strategies report finds.