News – 2007.08.28 – Early Edition

ABI Research Ranks TI First in 802.15.4 Vendor Matrix Ranking
For the fourth consecutive time, Texas Instruments has been ranked at the top of the IEEE 802.15.4 Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research. Ember Corporation and Oki Semiconductor claimed the second and third spots in the company’s most recent evaluation of worldwide IEEE 802.15.4 vendors. The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.

Cadence SoC Functional Verification Kit Features Chipidea’s USB 2.0 IP
Chipidea(R), the world’s leading provider of analog/mixed-signal subsystems and intellectual property (IP), announced that Cadence(R) Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, has chosen to license Chipidea’s USB 2.0 OTG Link Controller and PHY for integration into the new Cadence System-on-Chip (SoC) Functional Verification Kit. By selecting Chipidea technology to be integrated into the real-world representative SoC design included with the kit, Cadence directly addresses the challenges associated with developing and verifying the hardware and software of a USB 2.0-enabled SoC.

Fujitsu Creates Transmitter Modules for W-CDMA Mobile Phones
Fujitsu Media Devices Limited (FMD), a leading manufacturer specialized in devices for mobile phone equipment, has developed the T0311QZ1950 (Band I), T0311QZ0836 (Band V), and T0312QZ1880 (Band II) — compact, high-performance transmitter modules with the world’s highest power efficiency for W-CDMA mobile phones. FMD will begin supplying successive samples of the modules from September.

Texas Instruments Rolls Out Lowest Power Zero-Crossover Op Amp
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s lowest power zero-crossover operational amplifier (op amp). Featuring a unique single-input-stage architecture, the OPA369 achieves rail-to-rail performance without input crossover to solve the common design problem of input offset distortion due to the change in common mode voltage that is very prominent in low-voltage, rail-to-rail applications. Combined with 1uA quiescent current, SC70 package and operation down to 1.8V, the OPA369 simplifies high-performance designs in battery-powered, portable products.

WiMAX World 2007 Announces Keynote Speakers
For the first time in WiMAX history, industry leaders will be joining together at the WiMAX World 2007 Conference & Expo to present their perspectives on the first nationwide mobile deployment of WiMAX. The conference, which is being held September 25 to 27 at McCormick Place in Chicago, is offering a total of over 190 speakers, including operators, service providers, vendors and analysts. This makes it the largest WiMAX focused speaker program specifically devoted to the topic of wireless and mobile broadband.

Video-Enabled Portable Media Players to Outpace Audio-Only MP3 Players
Driven by increased broadband penetration, declining price points, and a growing catalogue of online audio and video content, the market for MP3 players and portable media players (PMPs) will remain strong over the next five years, reports In-Stat. Nevertheless, according to In-Stat’s latest primary research, the main reason consumers are purchasing portable MP3 players and video-capable PMPs today is for the devices’ audio playback capability, the high-tech market research firm says.

ST Unveils 32-Mbit Serial Flash Memory with Guaranteed Performance
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world’s leading supplier of Serial Flash memory, announced the availability of the new M25PX32, a 32-Mbit device that is the first of the sector, sub-sector erase Serial Flash family to be offered with Dual I/O. Whereas existing M25PE family devices features high granularity, the new M25PX family stands out thanks to its guaranteed high-speed performance.

MIPS Technologies Acquires Chipidea Microelectronica
MIPS Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, networking, personal entertainment, communications and business applications, announced that the company will acquire privately-held Chipidea Microelectronica S.A, the world’s leading independent supplier of analog and mixed signal intellectual property (IP) for the wireless, digital consumer and connectivity markets. The combined entity becomes the second largest semiconductor design IP company and the number one analog IP company worldwide, based on Gartner, Inc.’s recent 2006 rankings. The acquisition creates a unique technology portfolio and delivers a powerful value proposition to customers as they gain access to a broad array of leading analog IP that fuels next-generation SoC (system on chip) designs.

Cadence Introduces Wireless, Consumer SoC Functional Verification Kit
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced the industry’s most comprehensive commercially available verification kit for wireless and consumer system-on-chip (SoC) design, enabling engineers to adopt advanced verification techniques with reduced risk and deployment effort and meet time-to-market requirements. The Cadence(R) SoC Functional Verification Kit provides a proven end-to-end methodology that extends from block-level verification to chip- and system- level advanced verification and includes automated methodologies for implementation and management. The kit provides complete example verification plans, transaction-level and cycle-accurate models, design and verification IP, scripts and libraries—all proven on a wireless segment representative design and delivered through applicability consulting.

SHARP Achieves Higher SoC Test Quality with Synopsys DFT MAX
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that SHARP Corporation has evaluated the Synopsys DFT MAX solution to achieve higher test quality for its SoC designs. SHARP is among several semiconductor firms, including the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) research and development consortium, collaborating with Synopsys to develop new automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) technology that targets small delay defects to further increase the quality of manufacturing tests. SHARP has demonstrated in working silicon that this new small delay defect ATPG technology improves quality and is cost-effective when deployed with DFT MAX to compress the test data.