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picoChip Powers First Software-upgradeable Base Station to Achieve WiMAX Certification

Thu, 06/08/2006 - 9:10am

picoChip and Airspan Networks are proud to announce complete WiMAX Forum certification of Airspan’s MacroMAX Base Station for the 3.5 GHz FDD profile. The MacroMAX is powered by picoChip’s software upgradeable architecture, as are Airspan’s HiperMAX and MicroMAX-SDR base station models which are expected to achieve certified status during 2006. All three products can support both 256 OFDM and SOFDMA PHYs. Airspan is the first vendor to complete certification of an end-to-end WiMAX system for the mainstream 3.5GHz FDD market.


M/A-COM, Inc. Expands Presence in China

M/A-COM announces the opening of the M/A-COM - Shenzhen Engineering and Operations Center in Shenzhen, China. The center houses operations and engineering expertise and staff from M/A-COM’s Infrastructure & Broadband product line team, which is responsible for manufacturing, quality assurance, planning and engineering for the company’s ferrites, multiple virtual storage (MVS) and cable television (CATV) product areas. The M/A-COM - Shenzhen Engineering Center is a fully capable facility that enables M/A-COM to rapidly create and manufacture derivative product designs, with local engineering resources available to support the company’s customers who have manufacturing and engineering facilities in China.


Andrew Receives Strategic MilSatCom Development Contract from L-3 Communications — Narda Satellite Networks

Andrew Corporation has won a strategic exclusive development and production contract from L-3 Communications—Narda Satellite Networks for a new 3.9 meter flyaway tactical satellite earth station antenna. The award is the first for Andrew’s new military satellite communications (MilSatCom) product line. This L-3 Narda Satellite Networks exclusive lightweight 3.9 meter unit, contained in transit cases required for repeated tactical deployments, also will be one of the first 3.9 meter segmented flyaway antenna subsystems operating in quad band (C, Ku, Ka and X) frequencies.


TTPCom and Analog Devices, Inc. Agreement Speeds Customer Development of ADI SoftFone-based Wireless Devices

TTP Communications plc and Analog Devices Inc.announces that TTPCom’s subsidiary TTPCom Limited (‘TTPCom’) has reached an agreement with ADI — its long time collaborator in the development of silicon and software for cellular phones — under which TTPCom will transfer to ADI intellectual property, engineering resources, and related assets associated with the support and customization of TTPCom GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem software specifically for use on ADI products. The agreement grants ADI the right to directly distribute TTPCom’s modem software for use on ADI SoftFone baseband products and provides development rights for AJAR, TTPCom’s advanced applications platform. This agreement is designed to simplify wireless device development for customers by consolidating the resources involved in the licensing and customization of SoftFone-based hardware and software at one company, ADI.


Mouser Electronics Signs Distribution Agreement with Texas Instruments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces that it has signed a distribution agreement with Texas Instruments Incorporated. In the agreement, Texas Instruments has authorized Mouser Electronics to distribute TI products in the Americas through Mouser’s catalog and technical sales force.


Agilent Technologies Announces Reorganization of its Electronic Measurements Group

Agilent Technologies Inc. announces a reorganization of its Electronic Measurements Group (EMG), merging the company's Operations Support Systems Group (OSSG) with two other existing businesses within EMG.

David Churchill, Agilent's vice president and general manager of the Design Validation Division (DVD), will head the new business unit, named Network and Digital Solutions (NDS). Before joining Agilent in 2005, Churchill was the senior vice president and general manager, Communications and Video Business Unit, at Tektronix.

Pat Byrne, Agilent senior vice president and president of EMG said, "The merger of OSSG with DVD and our Computing and Networking Solutions business will significantly strengthen our leadership position in the wireless-convergence and digital markets. The combination will enable EMG to realize important synergies in our delivery of solutions to common customer segments, as well as in our operations."

Agilent executive Tom White, president of OSSG, has announced his plans to leave the company.

Agilent's Electronic Measurements Group, with $3 billion in revenue, is focused on providing measurement products, solutions and services to the $20 billion electronic measurement market.


Digital View and Digi-Key Announce Global Distribution Agreement

Digital Viewand Digi-Key Corporation announce the signing of a global distribution agreement. Digi-Key currently ships product to more than 130 countries around the globe. Digital View products carried by Digi-Key include a range of its LCD controller boards, LVDS cables and transmitter boards, inverter power cables, and LCD Solution Kits. Digital View controllers are preloaded with a wide range of panel timings for major manufacturers for fast, easy, off-the-shelf connection. Digital View’s featured products will be available for purchase directly from Digi-Key through its print and online catalogs.


Digi-Key and Jennic, Ltd. Announce Distribution Agreement

Digi-Key Corporation and Jennic, Ltd. announce the signing of a distribution agreement. Digi-Key will stock and deliver Jennic’s complete line of SoC products ranging from Jennic’s flagship JN5121 single chip wireless microcontroller to the JN5121-MO family of modules, including the JN5121-MO006 module with up to 100 mW of transmit power. Development tools and evaluation kits for the platform will also be available.


CSR has strong first quarter and a positive outlook

CSR plc have announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2006, reporting revenue increase of 103% and operating profit increase of 136%. CSR continues to maintain a design win share in the Bluetooth market in excess of 60%, with the company achieving 121 wins across the various applications for its leading BlueCore technology. CSR continues to lead the higher data rate (3 Mb/s) EDR Bluetooth market, having won 84% of the designs in this quarter.

In the mobile phone sector, CSR achieved 36 designs (46%) in mobile phones — with more than 140% more wins than the closest competitor. CSR won 8 Samsung mobile phone design wins, 3 with Nokia, 2 with Motorola and 4 with LG. CSR also continued its leadership of the Bluetooth headset market winning almost 80% of the available designs. CSR won 100% of the laptop PC designs in the quarter and 78% of all automotive designs.

In the consumer segment, CSR won a notable design for its BlueCore technology into a Samsung MP3 player with stereo headset.

CSR continues to invest in people and the company's headcount increased from 688 at the end of Q4 2005, to 719 at the end of Q1 2006. Further headcount growth is planned to continue in order to drive and support CSR's business growth.


Artesyn Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Emerson Electric

Artesyn announces that its shareholders have voted to approve the acquisition via merger of Artesyn by Emerson Electric Co. At a special meeting of Artesyn shareholders held today, the merger was approved by more than 99% percent of shares that were voted, and well over the approval requirement of a majority of the outstanding shares eligible to vote. Under the terms of the merger, each outstanding share of Artesyn common stock will be converted into the right to receive $11.00 in cash. The merger became effective earlier today. After the close of business today, Artesyn will no longer be a public company, and its shares will not trade on Nasdaq.


First Quarter Revenue Up 59% Year -Over -Year

WJ Communications, Inc. announces results for its first quarter ended April 2, 2006. Revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $12.3 million up 59% from the $7.8 million in the same period last year and the loss per share for the first quarter was $0.04 compared to a loss of $0.12 per share in the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter exceeded the company's earlier guidance of $11.5 to $12.0 million. The company adopted the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123R, Share Based Payments, in the first quarter of 2006 which resulted in charges of $282,000. The first quarter 2006 net loss included several non-recurring items which included charges for a previously disclosed audit committee special project of approximately $700,000, an asset impairment charge of $630,000 related to an intangible trademark asset, and a benefit from a revision to our estimated tax liability of $1.3 million. The net loss in the first quarter of 2005 included an acquired in-process research and development charge of $3.4 million. Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments were $28.3 million with no outstanding debt.


CSR to Combine High-performance, Low-power Bluetooth Reference Designs with Freescale Platforms

CSR plc and Freescale Semiconductor are collaborating to provide mobile phone makers with full-feature, high-performance, low-power Bluetooth™ reference designs. CSR's BlueCore hardware and software for Bluetooth will be combined with Freescale's 2.5G, 2.75G and 3G mobile phone platforms and the i.MX family of applications processors.


Texas Instruments OMAP™ Applications Processor Selected as a Development Platform for Microsoft®’s Windows CE 6 Beta Release

Texas Instruments announces that Microsoft has selected TI’s OMAP2420 applications processor as the first ARM11-based development platform for its Windows CE 6 beta release distributed this week to device makers worldwide. A Board Support Package for TI’s OMAP2420 processor will be integrated into the Windows CE 6 Platform Builder toolkit. Device makers that choose this processor can power compelling advances like richer multimedia, 3D graphics and system integration for consumer electronic devices, while reducing power consumption. TI’s OMAP2420 processor, which has shipped in millions of devices to date, will be the first ARM11-based solution that supports Windows CE 6, with a roadmap to include future OMAP™ processors.


M/A-COM’s P P25IP Radios Accepted for Use by the State of Colorado

M/A-COM announces that its Project 25 (P25IP) portable radios have been accepted by the State of Colorado, for use on the Colorado Statewide Digital Trunked Radio (DTR) system. State, local, federal and tribal agencies requiring Project 25-standard critical radio interoperability will now have the opportunity to purchase M/A-COM’s 7100IP family of radios to communicate with neighboring agencies across Colorado. The software-defined 7100IP radios are designed to excel in the challenging public safety environment and operate in multiple radio system environments, including EDACS or ProVoice trunked modes, as well as Project 25 digital and conventional analog modes.


Aeroflex/Weinschel Assigns Cain-Sweet as its Exclusive Canadian Representative

Aeroflex/Weinschel, Inc. announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Cain-Sweet, Co. to expand their territory as a Manufacturers Representative to now include Canada. Cain-Sweet has represented Aeroflex/Weinschel in the Pacific Northwest and has offices in Vanvouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Portland and Seattle. The company has 22 years of experience in RF and Microwave sales throughout the Pacific Northwest and has been serving the Canadian markets since 1990.


AWR and IHP Collaborate to Deliver Complete Design Solution for High-frequency Wireless IC Design

Applied Wave Research, Inc. and Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP), Frankfurt (Oder), Germany announce IHP’s high-performance specialty silicon germanium (SiGe) process for AWR’s Analog Office 2006 design suite. The delivery of the first AWR-based IHP process design kit (PDK) is part of a long-term partnership between the two companies to deliver complete radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design solutions for high-frequency applications. Analog Office design software, which is used to design next-generation analog and RFIC wireless and wirelined communications products, helps design engineers significantly shorten IC development cycles, accelerate tape-out to IHP’s process, and speed wireless products to market. IHP multi-project wafer (MPW) & prototyping services provide research and innovation for the European technological community.


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