News – 2007.10.24 – Early Edition

National Semiconductor, Accelerated Designs Debut Ultra Librarian Reader
National Semiconductor Corp. and Accelerated Designs Inc. announced they have collaborated on an Ultra Librarian Reader (ULR) to provide National’s customers with schematic symbols and printed circuit board footprints for National’s entire product portfolio including National’s PowerWise(R) family of energy-efficient, high-performance analog products. This effort will accelerate time to market for every new customer design.

Wind River Unveils VxWorks 653 Platform 2.2 for ARINC 653 Avionics
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced the release of VxWorks® 653 Platform 2.2, its enhanced ARINC 653 IMA platform for safety-critical systems. The new version of VxWorks 653 underscores Wind River’s commitment to providing the avionics market with a proven, high-performance, low-risk ARINC 653 operating system, with complete DO-178B Level A certification artifacts and full support for DO-297-based, role-based modular application development to increase development efficiency, accelerate customer deployments, greatly reduce certification time and cost, and reduce cost-of-change. VxWorks 653 is already in use by leading providers in the aerospace and defense industry, including Boeing, GE Aviation and Rockwell Collins.

Agilent Debuts N2X Multiservices Test Solution for IPTV on IPv6
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced that its N2X multiservices test solution is the industry’s first test solution for validating Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service quality for thousands of subscribers on IPv6 network architectures, also referred to as next-generation networks (NGNs). Network equipment manufacturers and service providers can use the N2X solution to characterize the ability of individual IPv6 network elements or entire networks to meet IPTV Quality of Experience (QoE) expectations prior to deployment.

Xilinx Expands Titanium Dedicated Engineering Service
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced the expansion of its Titanium Dedicated Engineering service, providing all Xilinx customers throughout North America and Europe with full time access to a dedicated engineer. Originally developed for only a handful of customers, Xilinx has expanded the program through the addition of over a dozen highly-skilled engineers who provide customers with expert design advice and optimized solutions. Titanium engineers work directly with customer design teams and focus on resolving specific customer design challenges, resulting in faster time-to-market and lower overall production costs.

Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem Chipsets Power Windows Mobile Smartphones
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, announced an important milestone with the worldwide availability of multiple Windows Mobile smartphones based on the company’s collaboration with Microsoft. The devices offer advanced functionality in thin and sleek form factors by leveraging the two companies’ work to integrate support for Windows Mobile into Qualcomm’s chipsets, eliminating the need for a separate applications processor. Leading device manufacturers, including HTC Corp., LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung, have devices on the market or in design based on Qualcomm chipsets with integrated support for Windows Mobile.

National Instruments Rolls Out LabVIEW SignalExpress 2.5
National Instruments announced the release of LabVIEW SignalExpress 2.5, the interactive measurement software that simplifies the acquisition, analysis and presentation of data from hundreds of data acquisition devices and instruments. Built on NI LabVIEW graphical programming, LabVIEW SignalExpress delivers an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop environment for configuring data-logging and instrument control applications. The latest version of LabVIEW SignalExpress introduces several performance improvements including a Project Analyzer to help engineers and scientists identify and address common measurement mistakes. LabVIEW SignalExpress 2.5 also is available in fully localized French, German and Japanese versions.

Jazz Semiconductor Creates ROIC Cryogenic CMOS Models
Jazz Semiconductor®, a U.S. pure play foundry and leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions, announced the release of cryogenic CMOS models enabling design of Read-Out Integrated Circuits (ROICs) for cooled infrared imagers. The offering complements Jazz’s 8-inch ROIC process technology which includes large-die stitching services and spans CMOS linewidths from 0.5-micron to 0.13-micron.

Fairchild Semiconductor Hosts Power Seminars in China
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) will highlight solutions to drive energy-efficiency at its popular power seminars, which will be hosted in four cities across Greater China in November 2007 (Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen). These seminars will provide design engineers with techniques to improve system performance, comply with energy efficiency regulations and achieve significant system-level cost savings by focusing on how to optimize system power with specific analog, discrete and optoelectronic solutions.

Berkeley Design Unveils 64-bit Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), announced the availability of a 64-bit version of its Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator which delivers true SPICE accuracy on > 1M transistor circuits – an industry first. Combined with the tool’s vastly superior DC convergence and 5x-10x performance advantage, the 64-bit implementation gives Analog FastSPICE 5x-10x higher effective capacity than any other true SPICE accurate simulator. Berkeley Design Automation customers have proven this capability by performing full-circuit DC operating point analysis, package analysis, and performance simulations on some of the world’s most highly-integrated analog/RF circuits, including 802.11 transceivers, WCDMA transceivers, microcontrollers, data converters, multi-channel power converters, and memories.

Microchip Sells Fab 3 in Puyallup, Washington for $30 Million
Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the sale of its idled Fab 3 in Puyallup, Washington. The sale was completed on October 19, 2007, after the Company had received an unsolicited offer during September, 2007 for the facility. The facility was sold for $30 million at a loss of $16.5 million net of income taxes, or an earnings per share impact of 7.4 cents in the September quarter.

BiTMICRO Unveils E-Disk Altima E2A3 416GB 2.5-in SATA Flash Disk Drive
BiTMICRO Networks, Inc., pioneer in flash solid state storage solutions, announced the expansion of its intelligent flash IDE/ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel SSD line up with the coming of the E-Disk® Altima(TM) E2A3 Serial ATA (SATA) solid state flash drive. This 2.5-inch, flash based solid state SATA drive is capable of storing up to 416GB of data and sustaining transfer rates of up to 100MB/sec, making it ideal for mobile computing, embedded and networked storage solutions. Volume shipments are expected to begin by Q2 2008.

InPlay Technologies, BSQUARE to Develop Digital Pen Input Device
InPlay Technologies (NASDAQ: NPLA), a developer of innovative human input devices for electronic products, announced that it has partnered with BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading provider of Windows Embedded solutions to the global embedded device community, to produce an innovative new pen input device aimed at the educational market in China and India.

Lockheed Tests F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with AdvancedIO’s V1020 udpXG
AdvancedIO® Systems Inc., the leading provider of configurable 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity and packet processing solutions for real-time embedded systems, announced an order for over $500,000 from Lockheed Martin Corporation. AdvancedIO’s V1020 udpXG(TM) technology will be used by Lockheed for testing avionics systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration and training to the U.S. Government and the lead contractor on the multi-national F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. This purchase follows earlier Lockheed orders of the same AdvancedIO product.

Altos Design, Extreme DA Create Statistical Design Flow for 65nm ICs
Altos Design Automation Inc. and Extreme DA(TM) announced that they have jointly developed an essential statistical design flow for integrated circuit (IC) designs manufactured at process nodes of 65-nanometers (nm) and below. Successful statistical static timing analysis (SSTA) using Altos’ Variety(TM) models with the Extreme DA GoldTime(TM) analyzer has been verified by several mutual customers.