News – 2007.09.27 – Early Edition

Biosensors Sees Growth in Medical Diagnostics Industry
When compared to other medical devices or instruments, biosensors are undergoing rapid growth in the industry. The reason behind its proliferation is that it gives researchers and companies exciting challenges to overcome. The principle behind present day industrial sensors, as well as new technologies, is under a process of constant experimentation and corresponding acclimatization in order to develop biosensors that are more effective. As the whole concept of biosensors has basic principles of science such as physics, chemistry and biology as foundations, there are a wide range of factors, which one can manipulate to develop a novel and more efficient sensor or technology platform.

Verific Design Automation Gains Momentum with Netlist Only Parser
Verific Design Automation, best known for its Verilog, SystemVerilog and VHDL parsers and elaborators, said that its Netlist Only Parser is gaining momentum among electronic design automation (EDA) applications, especially from startup and emerging companies.

Comsys Creates ComMAX Reference Design for Multimode Mobile WiMAX
Comsys Communication and Signal Processing, a leader in wireless baseband solutions, announced the development of two innovative reference design platforms aimed at companies wishing to develop converged cellular and mobile WiMAX terminals.

TI 802.16e Wave 2 Software, DSP Development Tools Speed Development
Wireless base station and broadband mobile equipment manufacturers can now eliminate over 15 years of development man-hours with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] WiMAX Forum compliant 802.16e Wave 2 software and development tools platform. The carrier-class nature of the software provides the most up-to-date WiMAX standards-based features that service providers’ demand. The development tools include an evaluation module (EVM) based on the company’s optimized TMS320TCI6487 digital signal processor (DSP). Together, OEM’s can get their systems up and running quickly to capture the growing WiMAX market.

Broadcom Creates First Single-Chip 802.11n Solution
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced the world’s first full-featured, single-chip 802.11n solution. The newest member of the Broadcom(R) Intensi-fi(TM) product family is not only the smallest and most cost-effective 802.11n solution on the market, but is the first to enable Wi-Fi products to achieve over 200 Megabits per second (Mbps) of actual wireless throughput. By combining unprecedented wireless capacity with new features to improve range, Broadcom’s new Intensi-fi chip enables wireless networks to deliver on the promise of 802.11n — the ability to support several simultaneous multimedia applications including high-definition (HD) video streaming.

Auburn University Wins Cypress’ Innovator Design Challenge
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), announced that a team of students from Auburn University’s wireless engineering program took first place and $10,000 in the Cypress University Alliance’s 2007 Innovator Design Challenge for North America. The team developed a wireless system for scoring fencing matches using Cypress’s PRoC(TM) LP programmable radio-on-a-chip technology. The university’s wireless engineering program was also awarded $10,000.

Nokia, Intel, Nokia Siemens Networks Team on WiMAX Interoperability
In an effort to ensure that mobile WiMAX wireless products work well together and with other products globally, Intel Corporation, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks announced that they are testing interoperability across Intel’s forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and Nokia Siemens Networks WiMAX infrastructure equipment.

ARM Develops 45nm Physical IP with Synopsys HSPICE Simulator
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software and a member of the ARM Connected Community, announced that significant performance improvements in the latest version of its HSPICE(R) simulator enabled ARM [(LSE: ARM); (NASDAQ: ARMHY)] to accelerate delivery of highly optimized memory and standard cell building blocks for systems-on-chip (SOCs). The 2007 versions of the HSPICE simulator, the gold standard for accurate circuit simulation, offer significant transient algorithm, netlist parsing, model performance and convergence improvements over earlier releases. These enhancements help enable faster, more accurate simulation. ARM relies on fast, accurate circuit simulation to quickly characterize its comprehensive physical IP across its complete set of foundry and process nodes.

Synopsys Reveals Winners of Best Paper Awards at SNUG
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the Best Paper Awards for the ninth annual Synopsys Users’ Group (SNUG(R)) in Boston, MA. At the Boston event, the first place award for Best Paper went to Clifford Cummings of Sunburst Design, Inc. for “SystemVerilog Implicit Port Enhancements Accelerate System Design and Verification.” Second place went to Jonathan Bromley of Doulos for “Creating Stimulus and Stimulating Creativity: Using the VMM Scenario Generator.” Third place went to Wilson Snyder of SiCortex, Inc. for “The Ten Edits I Make Against Most IP.” The award for Best First-Time Presenter went to Dale Donchin of Analog Devices, Inc. for “From Validation to Generation: Making Hercules Do the Heavy Lifting.” The winning papers were selected by the attendees and the SNUG Technical Committee.

Acrosser Introduces UTM Solution Platform
Unified Threat Management is an emerging trend in the firewall appliance security market. It is the evolution of the traditional firewall into a product that not only guards against intrusion but performs content filtering, spam filtering, intrusion detection and anti-virus duties traditionally handled by multiple systems.

Gleichmann Electronics Announces NEC PS9552 Series of Optocoupler
Gleichmann Electronics announced the immediate availability of NEC Electronics’ new PS9552 series of optocouplers. The PS9552 series features up to 2,5 A output current, the transfer of data of up to 1 Mbit/s speed, 5000 Vrms isolation voltage, >0.4 mm isolation distance, >8 mm outer creepage distance and a minimum common mode ratio (CMR) of 15KV/us.

Ford Drives Off with HD Radio
Ford Motor Co. became the first automaker to offer HD Digital Radio across multiple product lines. The dealer-installed high-definition radio option is now available nationwide on nearly all 2008 model year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. Additionally, HD Digital Radio can be installed on many earlier models from 2005, 2006 and 2007. As with SYNC, the extensive availability of HD Digital Radio furthers the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver new entertainment technologies to automotive consumers.

Concurrent Ships Over $1 Million of RedHawk, NightStar to Lockheed
Concurrent (NASDAQ:CCUR), a leading provider of time-critical Linux(R) operating systems and integrated software and computer solutions for mission-critical applications, announces that in June 2007 it shipped $1M in RedHawk Linux operating system and NightStar development tools for shipboard deployment in support of the Navy’s Cruiser Modernization COTS Refresh 2 program. Concurrent was selected as a supplier for Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Open Architecture program in February 2006.