News – 2007.11.16 – Early Edition

RFMD Announces MEMS Technology for RF Applications
RF Micro Devices, (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency systems and solutions, announced at its analyst day the introduction of its proprietary micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS, technology for RF and other applications. RFMD is a pioneer in the development of MEMS technology for low-cost, integrated RF applications (“RF MEMS”) and has been actively engaged in the commercialization of MEMS technology since 2004. RFMD expects its proprietary MEMS technology will enable breakthrough performance and unprecedented levels of functional integration in RF and other applications.

ABI Research Releases Report on MEMS Accelerometers
Accelerometers – devices that sense motion – have been with us for a long time, but only recently have they have been miniaturized as silicon-based devices. Consumer electronics makers who saw their hidden potential and built new products such as Nintendo’s Wii, Apple’s iPhone, and Activision’s “Guitar Hero” game around them have achieved huge market success by revolutionizing the user-interface. Manufacturers of the MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) accelerometers at the heart of these radical interfaces, firms such as Analog Devices (Wii), STMicroelectronics (iPhone), and Freescale Semiconductor, are reaping the rewards as well.

STMicroelectronics STDVE003A HDMI Switch Supports 3.4Gbps Data Rate
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced the first HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) switch in the world to support a video data-transfer rate of up to 3.4-Gigabits per second (Gbps), enabling full 16-bit color depth — 65k colors — to be maintained for a true high-definition (HD) picture. The STDVE003A is designed to be used in LCD and Plasma TV sets to provide multiple HDMI inputs for external program sources, such as game consoles, high-definition DVD players (Blu-ray and HD-DVD), and set-top boxes (STBs). In addition, its integrated equalizer is designed to overcome signal degradation when long (greater than 20m) and lossy cables are used.

ABI Research Publishes Report on Cellular M2M Report
A key challenge to growth in the cellular M2M market has been the complexity of application development. However, ABI Research notes that in the past six months, service providers in the market have introduced offerings designed to give application developers important tools to ease the development burden and, consequently, help to increase overall market growth.

Tangent Unveils VITA K Industrial Strength Touch Screen Panel PC
Tangent Inc., a leader in specialized computing devices, announced a group of ultra slim, industrial strength touch screen PCs called the VITA K Series. While the rugged metal enclosures first catch your attention, VITA K’s are also energy efficient, and industrial strength – ideal for healthcare, industrial automation, digital signage, information kiosk, self-service check-outs and other applications exposed to hostile environments.

Strategy Analytics Publishes Report on Automotive Electronics Network
The latest Strategy Analytics Automotive Electronics report, “Automotive Multiplexing Protocols: Cost/Performance Driving New Protocol Adoption,” predicts strong demand for new automotive network protocols, facilitating car maker ability to meet increasing pressures from the consumer appetite for electronic features and reliable safety features mandated by legislation. Already, about 35 percent of the costs of car assembly come from electronics.

Interra Supports Accellera Standard UPF 1.0
Interra Systems, Inc., a leading provider of EDA building blocks, methodologies, and services for SoC designers, announced support for UPF, an upcoming power format compliant to Accellera standard UPF 1.0. Interra has been supporting EDA Standards since 1997 and is committed to the enhancement and support of all existing and new EDA standards.