EDA News – 2008.04.24

National Nanotechnology Initiative Needs to Change
In 2001, the U.S. launched the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the federal coordinating program for nanotechnology research which has channeled $7.2 billion in funding since inception. The NNI has been a great success, catalyzing a virtuous cycle of innovation.

SMIC, Amlogic Team on 90nm Digital Photo Frame Chip
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK) and Amlogic Inc. jointly announced the successful commercial production of a 90nm digital photo frame (DPF) chip designed by Amlogic and manufactured at SMIC.

Xilinx Announces Winners of Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest
At an awards ceremony held this week, Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced the winners of its inaugural Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest, launched in June 2007 for engineering students at Chinese universities.

Emerson Network Power Rolls Out 72 Watt AD72 External AC-DC Adapter
Emerson Network Power has further expanded its portfolio of ac-dc power adapters with the launch of a high efficiency 72 watt model. The new AD72 power adapter features a universal 90-264 Vac input.

CSR BlueCore5 Multimedia Platform Supports Text-to-Speech
CSR announced that its BlueCore5-Multimedia platform now supports integrated speech synthesis, also known as text-to-speech (TTS), and speech recognition (SR) functionality. CSR can now offer headset and hands-free car kit users a true hands-free experience when using Bluetooth accessories.

Virtual Extension Announces Mobility Feature in Wireless Mesh Network
Virtual Extension announces the “Mobility” feature of its wireless fixed mesh sensor network. This unique capability enables the users to move or relocate the network coordinator (or the coordinators – if there are more than one) anywhere within the propagation range of the cell.

TOPEX, Xacom Launch New Version of Bytton Router with HSUPA Technology
TOPEX successfully launched its new version of Bytton router with Sierra Wireless embedded modules for HSUPA networks, together with its Spanish partner Xacom Comunicaciones.