News – 2007.11.05 – Early Edition

IPL Initiative Seeks New Vendors for Technical Working Groups
Interoperable PCell Libraries (IPL) initiative announces an open invitation to leading semiconductor companies, foundries, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and EDA companies to join IPL’s three newest technical working groups. The groups seek participants to contribute to standards on Properties and Parameters, PCells and Constraints. The IPL initiative, first formed in April of this year to address PCell interoperability issues, has expanded its charters to address broader interoperability issues with foundry process design kits (PDK) and design flows.

Software Defined Radio Forum Forms Test-and-Measurement Project
The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum, a nonprofit international industry association supporting the advancement of reconfigurable wireless technology, announced that its Design Process and Tools Working Group is establishing a test and measurement project focused on defining the standard features needed in wireless Test and Measurement (T&M) equipment to support physical layer testing of software defined and cognitive radios.

Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 5.9% to $22.6 Billion in September
For the second consecutive month, worldwide sales of semiconductors rose sharply in September, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Global microchip sales in September were $22.6 billion, an increase of 5.9 percent from September 2006 when sales were $21.3 billion. Sales were up 5.0 percent from August 2007 when sales were $21.5 billion. Third-quarter sales of $67.8 billion increased 5.9 percent from the like period of 2006 when sales were $64.0 billion. Third-quarter sales were 13.2 percent higher than the second quarter of 2007 when sales were $59.9 billion. For the first nine months of 2007 sales were $188.8 billion, 3.5 percent ahead of the $182.5 billion for the first nine months of 2006.

Intevac Acquires Creative Display Systems
Intevac, Inc. (Nasdaq:IVAC) announced it has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Creative Display Systems, LLC (CDS), a Carlsbad, California company that specializes in high-performance micro-display products for near-eye and portable applications in defense and commercial markets.

Texas Instruments Debuts CC1111 Sub-1 GHz RF SoC with Integrated USB
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s first sub-1 GHz radio-frequency (RF) system-on-chip (SoC) with an integrated USB controller, enabling a fast and easy bridge between PCs and RF. The CC1111 combines the excellent performance of TI’s state-of-the-art RF transceiver (CC1101) with an enhanced 8051 microcontroller (MCU), 8/16/32 kB of in-system programmable flash memory and a full-speed USB controller for improved low-power wireless sensor networking.

Agilent Unveils N5450A InfiniiMax Extreme Temperature Extension Cable
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced the industry’s first probing solution for making oscilloscope measurements in environmental chambers and in other settings with extreme temperature conditions. The Agilent N5450A InfiniiMax extreme-temperature extension cable, used with the InfiniiMax Series probing system and Agilent Infiniium oscilloscopes, gives engineers the ability to probe signals at temperatures ranging from -55 C to 150 C. The cable provides an ideal solution for designers working in the cell phone, automotive electronics, storage device and consumer electronics industries who need to validate and characterize their designs while operating within extreme temperature ranges.

Carbon Nanotubes Roadmaps – Opportunities, Requirements, Challenges
“Nano Solutions 2007″ (Frankfurt) will play host to a WTC workshop on the new roadmap for Carbon Nanotubes called ARCORC. For this study, WTC conducted interviews with key players worldwide. The results of this comprehensive survey will be presented exclusively and for the first time in a free-of-charge workshop to be held in Frankfurt on the 23rd November 2007.

PHYTEC, Adeneo Debut Acceleration Kit for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE
PHYTEC and Adeneo announce a new low cost Acceleration Kit for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0. The Acceleration Kit includes the ARM-core based phyCORE-PXA270 module and carrier board; LCD with integrated touch panel; Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Board Support Package (BSP) source code access; and all the contents required to enable users to successfully set-up target hardware, build and load a Windows Embedded CE image with Platform Builder, and start developing with Windows Embedded CE on a powerful development platform.

Sequence Enables Greater Power Reduction with Two New Patents
Sequence Design, EDA’s Design-For-Power (DFP) technology leader, continues to excel by adding two important patents and announcing Sequence CTO Jerry Frenkil has a featured chapter in a new book about low-power design.