Wireless Systems Design

Snapshots

CSR PLC (www.csr.com) appointed Richard Ord as Vice President of the company's Bluetooth Business Unit. As a former VP at VLSI Technology and Philips Semiconductor, Ord has extensive international experience in business-unit management and strategy development and implementation in the wireless arena. His first challenge at CSR is to build a team of experts that can adopt the company's Bluetooth systems solutions into more innovative products.

Wi-LAN, Inc. (www.wi-lan.com) will acquire 17 U.S. patents and patent applications including their foreign counterparts. This acquisition advances Wi-LAN's goal to produce the world's first WiMAX-certified broadband-wireless systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Wi-LAN will pay approximately $5.4 million ($3.9 million U.S.) in cash and approximately $4.9 million ($3.6 million U.S.) in special warrants exercisable into Wi-LAN common shares. The seller of the patent portfolio will then license it back. Wi-LAN will pay that seller a range of 5% to 15% of any royalty revenue that it receives from the purchased patents. The company also announced a new member of its Board of Directors: George R. Horhota, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer of Suiteworks, Inc. Horhota will fill the vacancy that was created by the resignation of Dr. Robert Schulz. He also will serve as a member of the Audit Committee.

Altitude Telecom (www.altitudetelecom.fr), the only French operator at this time with a license to offer WiMAX, is offering its expertise on a franchise basis. It is targeting international operators that wish to work on providing digital facilities and broadband-Internet connections.

Wisair (www.wisair.com) announced that the Intel Digital Home Fund joined its series B funding round. This $15.7-million round was led by Apax Partners' Funds. The investment by the Intel Digital Home Fund is part of its $200 million commitment to invest in hardware and software companies whose products help to enhance and simplify the digital-home experience.

Data I/O Corp. (www.dataio.com) established a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) in China. The WOFE provides Data I/O with business incorporation in China. Headquartered in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Building in Shanghai, P.R. China, this is the third Data I/O office in China.

Beach Solutions (www.beachsolutions.com) received $3 million in further second-round funding, bringing the total venture financing to $7.2 million. The funding came from lead investor MTI Partners. It will enable Beach Solutions to further expand its operations in the U.S.

Opera Software (www.opera.com) elected Dr. Nils Rydbeck to its Board of Directors. Dr. Rydbeck, MSEE, PhD, PhD h.c., served as CTO and Senior Vice President R&D of Ericsson Mobile Phones between 1985 and 2001. Since 2002, he has combined being Professor of Communication Systems at Lund University, Sweden, with independent executive consultation.

COMARCO (www.comarco.com) Wireless Test Solutions appointed Milton Yoshimura and Johnson Li to run its new offices in Brazil and China. Milton Yoshimura joins COMARCO from TWS, where he was COO and General Manager. Previously, Johnson Li was Wireless Product Marketing Director and Chief Company Representative in China for ASCOM Asia-Pacific Ltd. The new offices will provide wireless carriers with the equipment that is used to optimize quality of service.

The Global UMTS TDD Alliance (www.umtstdd.org) welcomed new operators and vendors into the organization. Among the operators are Caribbean Hub (Grenada), Cats-net (Tanzania), Cedarcom (Lebanon), Douala1 (Cameroon), EmilNet (Mozambique), Excelcomm (Indonesia), Showers (Nigeria), NGTel (Nigeria), Telecentra (Latvia), and Vimplecom (Russia). The vendors include Dovado (Sweden and United Arab Emirates), Ericsson (South Africa), Kathrein Werke (Germany), LG Electronics (Korea), Landasan (Malaysia), and Wireless System Integration (Sweden). The alliance's roster has increased to more than 40 operators and vendors.

Ericsson Technology Licensing (www.ericsson.com/bluetooth) launched the "Ericsson Blue Pages." It claims to be the first guide available to offer a collected view of Bluetooth solutions for manufacturers of mobile phones, headsets, and other accessories. The first issue targets mobile-phone and mobile-phone-accessory companies. The Ericsson Blue Pages is available as both a printed catalog version and via the Internet. Both the searchable web version and the printed catalog will be free of charge and divided into easy-to-find areas: baseband, complete segment solutions, development tools, interoperability testing, qualification services, radio, single-chip solutions, software, and software integration services. The web version will be continuously updated, while the printed version will be issued two times a year.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (www.tsmc.com) announced Reference Flow 5.0—the industry's first reference flow that provides critical power closure and integrated chip-to-package design for nanometer system-on-a-chip (SoC) integrated circuits. The new reference flow includes significant power-management, design-for-test, design-for-manufacturing, and flip-chip design capabilities. It also flaunts the first integrated chip-to-package design capabilities. In addition to Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems, Reference Flow 5.0 includes specialty tools from Mentor Graphics Corp. and newly introduced EDA partners Apache Design Solutions, Atrenta, Inc., and Optimal Corp.

U.S.-based BelAir Networks (www.belairnetworks.com) announced that its BelAir200 wireless platform is now available for hot-zone and metro Wi-Fi network deployments in Europe. The BelAir200 has been CE marked, proving that it complies with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE 1999/5/EC). This harmonized pan-European conformity assessment enables market access for the 25 member states of the European Union.

Accent Srl (www.accent.it) announced the "Highway to Silicon," a virtual independent-device-manufacturer (IDM) approach that promises to provide a complete, one-stop shop for all aspects of complex IC design \{GRAPHIC: 08OTWsnap1.jpg\}. With a focus on customer-owned-tooling (COT) designs, it even encompasses manufacturing services and volume silicon delivery. Highway to Silicon supposedly combines the advantages of dealing with a single supplier (as offered by a traditional IDM route to silicon) with the openness, commercial control, and cost efficiency associated with a COT and pure-play foundry route. Because it is a completely open methodology, customers have total control over the whole development cycle and full ownership of development results. They also enjoy the services that are traditionally associated with using an IDM, such as SoC back-end design, implementation, and supply-chain management and production.

Redux Communications Ltd. (www.reduxcom.com) and U.S.-based Eastern Research, Inc. (www.erinc.com) recently demonstrated 4xT1/E1 interconnectivity across Ethernet networks. This interoperability demonstration used Eastern Research's compact DNX-1u digital cross-connect and access concentration platform with Redux Communications' Arranto 400TE multi-service TDM over Packet Gateway. The combination of Eastern's TDM bandwidth-management platforms with Redux's TDM over Packet gateways should open up new opportunities for mobile operators, carriers, and enterprises to reduce their operating expenses. In addition, this joint solution requires no additional technical expertise on the part of the operator or the enterprise. It is designed to be completely transparent to all aspects of the TDM operation.

>Aptilo Networks (www.aptilo.com) and Birdstep Technology (www.birdstep.com) recently entered into a Heads of Agreement. Their goal is to merge the IP Zone division with Aptilo Networks, thereby establishing a European public wireless-LAN software company. The merged company will operate as Aptilo Networks with Birdstep Technology as a major shareholder. Because Aptilo Networks and Birdstep have the same architectural platform, customers of the two companies should expect better and broader product capabilities. Nordstjernan, which is Aptilo's largest shareholder, and Birdstep will inject SEK $35 million. The merge will help Aptilo to accelerate its future growth strategy and sales in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (www.rfmd.com) established an assembly facility at its Beijing, China, location to provide internal module-packaging capabilities. The company expects its assembly capabilities to lower its overall manufacturing cost structure, provide for guaranteed assembly capacity, and enable cycle-time reductions. By housing its new assembly operations in its existing Beijing facility, RFMD also hopes to strengthen its position as a one-stop shop for semiconductor assembly, test, and tape and reel. The new assembly operations is expected to become fully operational in the December 2004 quarter.

Orange has commissioned an independent white paper as part of its Orange Partner Program. To help mobile application developers build solutions that satisfy the requirements of the operator's customer base, this program provides tools, testing processes, application programming interfaces, peer-to-peer contact, access to Orange's global development centers, and a range of other support services. The free independent white paper, "The Well Executed Mobile Application," discusses what makes or breaks a successful mobile application. To download it, visit http://adserv.wirelessdevnet.com/oasis/oasisc.php?s=13&c=242. Simply complete the form and a PDF will be sent to you automatically.

In response to the France Telecom Group's launch of Business Everywhere—an integrated range of mobility solutions for business customers—its subsidiary, Equant (www.equant.com), is launching a solution dedicated to multinational corporations. Four key features define this Business Everywhere solution: an integrated solution with a single bill from one provider; a high level of security; mobilizing enterprise applications, and extended coverage. From a laptop, Business Everywhere offers unified mobile access to corporate information and applications via multiple access technologies including Wi-Fi, GPRS, and DSL. In major European markets, support for UMTS (3G) is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year.

Spain's Amitelo Communications, Inc. (www.amitelo.com) has taken steps to incorporate a new division. The fully owned subsidiary, which will be called Amitelo Wireless SL, will deal with the deployment and development of Amitelo's wireless network for the delivery of broadband and voice services. It also will be responsible for the realization of IP direct-route networks to hard-to-reach destinations in Africa and the Middle East. In accordance with this announcement, Amitelo Communications announced that it appointed Leopold Delepierre to the position of Chief Business Development Officer. Delepierre has over 30 years experience in telecommunications and IT covering both services and products for the provision of global solutions. Such solutions served both public operators and corporate users.

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