EDA News – 2008.02.06

Atmel Acquires Quantum Research Group
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Quantum Research Group Ltd. (“Quantum”). The acquisition of Quantum provides Atmel with an immediate presence in touch sensing, one of the fastest growing markets for microcontrollers. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Atmel’s net income per share in the fourth quarter of 2008 and thereafter.

Silicon Wafer Shipments Increase by 8% in 2007
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased by 8 percent in 2007 when compared to 2006 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Revenues also grew by 21 percent in 2007 compared to 2006, as a result of 300 mm contributing to an overall better product mix.

NEC, Kineto Announce Proposal for Rapid Femtocell Standardization
NEC Corporation (NEC) and Kineto Wireless announced their proposal for enabling the mobile industry to quickly define a standard for supporting the deployment of femtocells. The joint proposal, based on the existing 3GPP GAN (Generic Access Network) standard, has been contributed to the 3GPP standards body as part of a femtocell study currently in progress.

Axcess Announces Royalty Free Dot Micro-Wireless Platform
Axcess International Inc. (OTCBB:AXSI) announced the opening of its new Dot(tm) micro-wireless technology to developers for building applications to enable wireless communications from all things in the enterprise. Dots are ultra small, battery powered wireless computers embedded into or attached to things such as ID cards, assets and vehicles enabling them to be automatically identified, located, counted and sensed.

Digi Introduces ConnectPort X2 ZigBee-to-IP Gateway
Digi International (NASDAQ:DGII) introduced the ConnectPort X2, a wireless gateway about the size of a deck of cards that links ZigBee/802.15.4 device networks with IP networks over Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. The single function ConnectPort X2 is available in two configurations – ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi or ZigBee-to-Ethernet, and provides easy, cost-effective IP connectivity to wireless ZigBee networks where access to an Ethernet or Wi-Fi infrastructure exists.

Toshiba Creates Technology for Fastest Embedded DRAM
Toshiba Corporation announced that it has realized the world’s fastest circuit technology for embedded DRAM for System LSI, achieving a speed of 833MHz at 32Mb density. The technology will be applied to graphic processing LSI.

Effnet, RMI Team on Solution for ROHC on XLR, XLS Processors
Effnet AB and RMI Corporation (RMI) announced that they have collaborated to bring out a joint solution of Effnet ROHC(TM) on RMI’s XLR and XLS Processors. OEMs who design the XLR and XLS processors into various telecom system solutions can thereby offer customers a compelling solution by licensing Header Compression software from Effnet.

NextWave Wireless, EB to Develop Mobile WiMAX Handset Reference Design
NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE) and EB (OMX: EBG1V) have decided to collaborate to bring one of the first commercial mobile WiMAX handset reference designs to the global market for wide-scale deployment.

Altera Wins 2008 DesignVision Award for Stratix III FPGA
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced its Stratix® III FPGAs were presented with the International Engineering Consortium’s (IEC) DesignVision Award in the Semiconductor and IC category. Altera was presented with the DesignVision Award at a ceremony held at the Santa Clara Convention Center during DesignCon 2008.