Wireless MAN market to reach $5B by 2007

According to Datacomm Research, the market for Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) equipment is expected to grow to $5 billion by 2007. The report predicts that the development of 3G cellular networks, along with the migration of users to 3G, will drive WMAN growth. The growth of multi-access devices, such as dual cellular/WiFi phones and PDAs, will allow users to take advantage of WiFi, WMAN, and 3G access from a single device.

MEC Northwest receives ISO:9001:2000 certification

MEC Northwest, a manufacturer of custom circuit board assemblies has received its upgrade of ISO 9001 certification to the 2000 standard. TUV Rheinland audited the certification process. MEC Northwest is a division of MEC, Milwaukee Electronics Corporation, which designs and manufactures custom circuit board assemblies for the medical, transportation, military, HVAC.

Sears Tower to go wireless

Chicago's 110-story Sears Tower will be one of the first commercial buildings in the United States to offer Wi-Fi computer access on all floors. The 1,450-foot skyscraper will have an in-building wireless system provided by InnerWireless Inc. that will support cellular phones, paging, 2-way radio applications, high-speed wireless LAN (Local Area Network) and first-responder emergency service. Wi-Fi will work on all 110 floors, allowing tenants to forgo a traditional computer network and set up wireless networks.

AMI Semiconductor joins FlexRay consortium

AMI Semiconductor announces its associate membership to the FlexRay Consortium — a move that will further strengthen the company's support for in-vehicle networking (IVN) applications. By becoming a member of the Consortium, AMIS has access to the FlexRay technology. In addition, the company will have access to early industry information and the results of FlexRay developments, along with the FlexRay-related IP of all other FlexRay members. Formed in September 2000, the FlexRay Consortium is responsible for driving the adoption of an open standard for high-speed bus systems for X-by-wire and other distributed control vehicle applications. As a manufacturer of IVN ASSPs and advanced, system on chip (SoC) solutions based on mixed-signal technologies for the automotive sector, the applications that the FlexRay standard is enabling are key strategic targets for AMIS.

Anritsu test sets validated by Bluetooth board

Anritsu Company, a member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), announces that its MT8850A/MT8852A Bluetooth test sets are the first integrated solutions to receive "Test System Validation" status from the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB) for radio layer measurements. The validation of the MT8850A/MT8852A means that chip set developers, module manufacturers, and consumer product developers can test products with absolute confidence during product qualification or for product assessment prior to submission to a Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF).


STMicro acquires WiFi chip maker Synad

STMicroelectronics (STMicro) yesterday said it acquired WiFi chip maker Synad for an undisclosed sum. Synad in April launched its first product: the Mercury5G, a multi-band 802.11a/b/g chipset. Synad's radio technology, called AgileRF, can dynamically switch from the 2.4GHz band to the 5GHz band. STMicro will take over production of the Mercury chip line and add it to its own line of products. STMicro also said it plans to use Synad's technology in chips it sells to DSL modem and cable set-top box vendors.

Scintera raises $9.5 million in 2nd round

Scintera Networks raised $9.5 million in a Series B round led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. The new round, which brings funding to date to $17.7 million, will be used to expand all aspects of Scintera as major Enterprise & Telecom OEMs ramp into production to meet demand for 10 Gb/s bandwidth.

Mobliss is acquired by Japan's Index Corporation

Mobliss has been acquired by Index Corporation, a Japan-based multinational company that is a leading provider of mobile phone content and information. The transaction is valued at up to $15 million USD. In addition, Index will invest an undisclosed amount in Mobliss to accelerate the Company's continued growth within the US and throughout the Americas. The current Mobliss name, leadership and services will remain intact. Mobliss will now be able to offer a wider range of wireless options for consumers.

Hutton Communications acquires Sinclabs business unit from Sinclair Technologies

Sinclabs is a distributor of a wide range of RF products. The sale of Sinclabs to Hutton represents the final phase in Sinclair's shift to a distribution model, and enables Sinclair to maintain its focus on the design and manufacture of high quality antenna and filter systems instead of competing with leading distributors and dealers of RF equipment who are now selling their products.

Elcoteq expands its customer portfolio through partnership with Kathrein

Elcoteq Network Corporation, a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) for the communications technology industry, and KATHREIN-Werke KG, a manufacturer of communications technology products, have agreed to a cooperation agreement under which Elcoteq will begin to manufacture various global systems for mobile communications (GSM) and universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) related subsystems for Kathrein. Production is planned to start during first quarter 2004 at Elcoteq's plant in Pécs, Hungary.

Atsana secures U.S. $10 million in equity financing

Atsana Semiconductor Corp., a developer of power-efficient, programmable multimedia processors for mobile devices, today announced that it has raised $10 million USD in equity financing. The new round includes investments from Siemens Mobile Acceleration (Munich), GrowthWorks WV Funds (Toronto), Covington Capital Corporation (Toronto), Greenstone Venture Partners (Vancouver) and a number of the Company's original investors. Atsana's media processors enable mobile phones, PDAs and network cameras, to deliver multimedia applications such as multimedia messaging, DSC and camcorder functionality, video conferencing, video streaming, 2D/3D gaming and other media-rich content without sacrificing battery life or performance.

AirFlow Networks enters Japanese market with strategic partners

Tokyo Electron Ltd., a solution provider for Japanese enterprises and government agencies, will be a distribution partner of AirFlow. AirFlow's technology eliminates the co-channel interference inherent in other solutions, and this is valuable to end users as well as to system integrators. Allied Telesis, a manufacturer and distributor of Ethernet networking products in Japan will be a distribution partner of AirFlow. The partnership offers the best available wireless networking solutions to its customers.

Raytheon JPS Communications added to GSA schedule 70

Raytheon JPS Communications has been awarded a contract with The General Services Administration (GSA), to make its state-of-the art-technology available to the Government community. JPS Communications offers an array of communications products and services designed to enhance the effectiveness of communications systems, including interoperability solutions, VoIP technology, radio/telephone interface units, voting products, and noise reduction systems.