Wireless Systems Design

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The shareholders of Mimix Broadband, Inc. (www.mimixbroadband.com) elected Erik van der Kaay to its Board of Directors. Currently, van der Kaay sits on the boards of RF Micro Devices, TranSwitch Corp., and COMARCO, Inc. Mimix also closed its second round of institutional financing with a total of $8 million. Greg Carlisle, Managing Director of Gefinor Ventures, also will join Mimix Broadband's Board of Directors. Carlisle has over 20 years experience in software development, high-technology company startups, and venture-capital investing.

Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. (www.wirelessvalley.com) closed a round of equity financing. The investors included former Dell executives, Thomas J. Meredith and John Kinnaird, and former Microsoft executive, Mike Maples Sr. In addition, the company appointed Meredith and Dr. Roger Skidmore, current Wireless Valley president, to its board of directors. Mr. Meredith served as CFO and Senior VP of Business Development and Strategy at Dell before retiring in 2001.

TESSCO Technologies, Inc. (www.tessco.com) was awarded the General Services Administration (GSA) Test and Measurement Equipment contract No. GS-24F-0090N and Hardware Superstore contract No. GS-06F-0008P. It can now provide a wide range of wireless products to federal agencies worldwide.

Pablo Tapia, former CEO and Founder of Apogee Networks, has founded Coralina Group Technologies. The company will be headquartered in Morristown, N.J., with affiliated operations in the Dominican Republic. By leveraging local talent in the Dominican Republic and India, the Coralina Group will provide firms with offshore IT and telecom-software-development services.

Allen Hilton has been named VP/General Manager of tt Electronics' IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division (www.ttelectronics.com). He will manage the company's manufacturing facilities in Boone, N.C., and Barbados, British Virgin Islands. Mr. Hilton brings more than 25 years of experience in the electromechanical and passive-electronic-component business.

Sony Ericsson has launched Sony Ericsson Developer World (www.sonyericsson.com/developer). This web portal is dedicated to helping wireless developers get on the fast track from mind to market. It houses all of the documentation, tools, training, and support that were previously available on Ericsson Mobility World. It also offers tips, code samples, go-to-market opportunities, and support solutions.

San Francisco-based AIR Media, Inc. (www.airmedia-inc.com) announced the launch of a company, team, and technology that will deliver a wide range of mobile-entertainment applications. AIR's polyphonic Ringtone Remixer is the first of two applications that were developed for Qualcomm's BREW platform. Subscribers can use the application to select hit ReMixed polyphonic ringtones. They also can access the web-based ReMixer service to select and customize a music artist's songs as polyphonic MIDI and digital audio ringtones. The service offers album graphics as wallpaper and video clips for caller IDs.

Alcatel (www.alcatel.com) purchased the Network Solutions unit of PacketVideo. PacketVideo Corp. (www.pv.com), including its Device Solutions unit, is not part of the acquisition. It will remain an independent company and continue to specialize in the development and integration of innovative multimedia software for mobile phone, videophone, camera, and other device OEMs.

Free design tools are being offered by Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. They can be downloaded from the Taiyo Yuden web site (www.t-yuden.com). The tools target designers of WLANs, car navigation systems, base stations, cellular handsets, and other electronic equipment. Taiyo Yuden offers free device models of its advanced surface-mount components in the RF Component Library for use with Ansoft Designer v1.1. In addition, designers can download the S-Parameter data files that are used in the simulation of high-frequency circuits.

Elcoteq Network Corp. (www.elcoteq.com) moved its American headquarters to a facility in Irving, Texas. The offices house the executive staff, administration, IT, marketing, sales, and supply-chain management.

ParthusCeva, Inc. has changed its name to CEVA, Inc. (www.ceva-dsp.com). This change is part of the company's recently announced strategy to focus on DSP cores and integrated application technologies. The name change coincided with the launch of the company's DSP architecture, CEVA-X.

LGP Allgon (www.lgpallgon.com) completed the Network Operation Center (NOC) within its Fort Worth, Texas facility. The NOC offers network management and support including optimization and tuning; operations and maintenance services; post-deployment installation of equipment; management services; provisioning of Customer Premise Equipment (CPE); performance management and competitive analysis; and quality management.

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