- Cetia Inc. and Matrix Corp. are merging to form a single company, which will be known as Cetia. This new firm will develop leading-edge commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) VMEbus and single-board computer products for the military, aerospace, and transportation industries. Cetia will focus on rugged CPUs, I/O boards, and enclosures. The deal also will result in a variety of support services.
- ZMD America has acquired Reining International, a mixed-signal ASIC design house. This purchase extends ZMD America's capacity to develop mixed-signal solutions for automation and control, as well as medical applications using technologies such as programmable logic devices, gate arrays, and standard cells. Reining brings 12 chip-level designers to ZMD America.
- Lucent Technologies has revealed plans to spin off its Microelectronics Group as a separate entity. Armed with optoelectronics and communications IC manufacturing capabilities, the new company will concentrate on the surging communications infrastructure and Internet networks markets for faster growth in the future. The spinoff should be completed by summer 2001.
- Under a licensing deal, Atmel Corp. will access Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector's advanced 0.35-µm RF biCMOS process technology. Atmel will produce highly integrated RF ICs for low-voltage portable wireless applications. Motorola will gain a viable alternate source for its customers.
- Active Software Inc. and Viquity Corp. have paired up to develop and deliver next-generation Internet commerce network solutions. Targeting the high-tech manufacturing industry, these solutions will let business partners exchange purchase orders, demand forecasts, invoices, and other actionable documents in real time over the Internet. They also will provide a seamless flow of information across the entire supply chain. In doing so, manufacturers will be able to efficiently manage their procurement activities to rapidly meet customer demand.
- Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard will jointly develop, market, and sell solutions for the Electronic Design automation (EDA) market. They aim to provide EDA customers worldwide with both enhanced performance and accelerated time-to-market solutions for Electronic Designs. Cadence will adopt HP-UX as a preferred product-development support platform and operating system. HP has selected Cadence as a preferred provider of EDA design tools for its research and development groups.
- STMicroelectronics and CoWare Inc. announced a multiyear partnership aimed at improving system design productivity and reducing the time-to-market for next-generation consumer devices. To accomplish these goals, ST will immediately deploy CoWare's N2C software within itself and to its partners. N2C will act as the core system-level design software and delivery vehicle for ST's system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform-based design. Also, ST and CoWare will work to enhance CoWare's system-level hardware/software co-design and co-verification software, with specific emphasis on its interfaces.
- Motorola has acquired HIWARE AG, a software development tools vendor. HIWARE's embedded-systems development technology and staff will become part of Metrowerks, a subsidiary of Motorola. The move enhances Metro-werks' ability to serve the embedded systems software development market. It also will let customers take advantage of Motorola's DigitalDNA embedded solutions across the full range of Motorola processors.
- Numerical Technologies Inc. and Nikon Precision Inc. have signed a joint development agreement aimed at extending the life of available optical imaging systems. Both companies will work to enable the rapid adoption of subwavelength lithography technology. To accomplish that, they will collaborate on 248- and 193-nm imaging systems optimized for generating sub-0.18-µm semiconductor device features. They also will jointly develop lithography solutions that maximize yield and throughput for NPI customers using phase-shifting technology.