Spreadtrum Communications Acquires Quorum Systems
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRD), one of China’s leading wireless baseband chipset providers, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Quorum Systems, Inc. (“Quorum”), a San Diego-based fabless semiconductor company that specializes in the design of highly integrated CMOS radio frequency (RF) transceivers. Under terms of the agreement, Spreadtrum will pay $55 million in cash and $15 million in stock to Quorum’s shareholders, with up to an additional $6 million in cash for performance based earn-outs expected to be achieved over the next two years.
Atmel Creates Secure Microcontroller for Mobile Applications
Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), announced the introduction of its AT91SC464384RCU, the newest addition to the AT91SC Advanced Telecoms product family. Based on the ARM® SC100, this secure microcontroller targets mobile payment and mobile TV applications. It features an outstanding on-chip compact ROM program memory of 464K Bytes, a flexible 384KB EEPROM for data, and 18KB of RAM. Communication interfaces are ISO7816 and Single Wire Protocol (SWP).
VeriFone Secures Retail Payments with Opera Browser
VeriFone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) announced a strategic partnership with Opera Software ASA to develop a secure payment-enabled version of the Opera Web browser. The browser, being demonstrated for the first time here at Cartes, will operate on VeriFone’s MX800 Series of consumer-facing systems designed for multi-lane retailers, specialty stores, and point-of-service environments such as retail banking, ticketing, or kiosks.
Toumaz Receives IET Innovation in Engineering Award
Toumaz Technology Limited, the leading provider of ultra-low power wireless infrastructure for body monitoring solutions, won the Electronics category in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) prestigious Innovation in Engineering Awards, presented on Tuesday night at a ceremony in The Marriott Grosvenor Square, London, hosted by TV personality and science enthusiast Johnny Ball.
FFE Software Unveils FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile Edition Java Database
FFE Software, Inc. announced immediate availability of the first release of its new Java DB — FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile Edition. Embedded Mobile is a special packaging of the standard FirstSQL/J Java DB for a small footprint, supporting JME and suitable for other embedded configurations. Download FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile through our Download Page.
ADLINK Introduces PCI-8246 GbE PCI-X Card
ADLINK Technology introduces the PCI-8246, a 2-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) PCI-X card providing bypass capability to directly connect the GbE signals on the two GbE ports when the system is powered down or has crashed. This bypass feature is accomplished by using a mechanical relay array to control the physical routing of the GbE signals using two communication states: normal and bypass. A watchdog timer can be programmed to control the relay switch to automatically enable the bypass mode to ensure a continual network connection in case of system failure.
Artesyn Defends Majority of Patent Claims Against Power-One
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), announced that its recently acquired Artesyn Technologies successfully defended the majority of a competitor’s claims of patent infringement.