EDA News – 2008.05.01 Late Edition

Strategy Analytics Comments on NXP, STMicroelectronics Wireless Merger
The Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “NXP & ST Micro Wireless Merger Increases Pressure on Freescale, Infineon, MediaTek & Broadcom,” analyzes the planned merger of wireless business units of NXP Semiconductors and ST Microelectronics.

iSuppli Forecasts Photovoltaic Cells Industry to Grow to $22 Billion
Booming global demand for solar energy has spurred a critical shortage of polysilicon used to make Photovoltaic (PV) cells, causing PV suppliers to realign their business structures and strategies and to seek alternative raw materials. Global revenue for PV cells is projected to increase to as much as $22.1 billion in 2012.

Touch International Acquires Specialized Industrial LCD Enhancements
Touch International, Inc. (TI) announced it has acquired the specialized industrial LCD enhancement assets from the Torrance, Calif. location of DuPont Display Enhancements, Inc. The company will now offer integrated touch screen, EMI filter and optically bonded display manufacturing and maintain operations.

MindTree Offers CPF Flow, Joins Power Forward Initiative
MindTree Ltd. and the Power Forward Initiative (PFI) announced that MindTree has joined the Power Forward Initiative and will be offering a Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled low-power flow to its design services customers. With the addition of MindTree, the PFI now has 27 members.