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  • IBM Corp. and Symbian Inc., a developer of operating systems for wireless devices, have partnered to enhance connectivity in cellular phones. IBM will equip Symbian's "smart phones" with its DB2 Everyplace database to store and collect Web and corporate information, and with Lotus Mobile Notes to aid in form completion and work collaboration. The joint technology will also include mobile-device management software from IBM's Tivoli Systems, which enables wireless devices to access corporate intranet and Internet applications.
  • Microsoft Corp. and WebMD Corp., an Internet health-care firm, have announced a revised partnership. Under this revision, WebMD will become the primary source of health content on Microsoft's MSN network. WebMD will receive funding as well as enhanced technology for wireless products targeted to healthcare providers.
  • AT&T Corp. plans to acquire the assets of bankrupt Internet-service provider NorthPoint Communications Inc. AT&T will receive NorthPoint's network equipment and support software. Also, AT&T will gain a digital subscriber-line service from this acquisition. The company is planning to launch its own DSL service later this year.
  • Siliconix Inc., a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., has agreed to transfer its LDMOS transistor lines to specialty linear semiconductor manufacturer Linear Integrated Systems. Under this pact, Linear Systems will get technology, masks, and marketing information for the SD5000, SD5400, SST211, and SST215 LDMOS devices. In return, Linear Systems will pay Siliconix royalties based on the sale revenues from these devices.
  • Texas Instruments Inc. has bolstered its wireless presence in Asia with the opening of the information appliance design center in Taiwan. Using TI's DSP-based OMAP wireless architecture, the center will help Asian OEMs quickly develop a new generation of mobile Internet appliances.
  • Field-programmable analog array (FPAA) developer Anadigm has secured $14.5 million in second-round funding from investors such as 3i, NIF, and Quester. This investment will allow the maker to commercialize its first-generation FPAA technology and establish a worldwide distribution network. It also will let Anadigm develop the second-generation FPAA with greater sophistication and performance.
  • Infineon Technologies AG and Sanyo Electric Co. will cooperate in the production of UHF devices for wireless applications. Infineon will supply high-end transistor chips (fT = 45 GHz) to Sanyo. Using these chips, Sanyo will produce leadless environmentally considered chip-scale packages (ECSPs) for Infineon. These chips measure 1.0 by 0.6 by 0.48 mm. At the same time, Infineon and Sanyo will market Infineon RF transistor chips in the ECSP under their own brands.
  • Itronix Inc., a maker of rugged laptop computers, has chosen Portsmith as the endorsed provider of port replicators for Itronix's newest laptop, the GoBook. Portsmith produces a variety of connection devices designed to ease mobile workers' access to networked information.
  • Cielo Communications has joined an existent multisource agreement (MSA) with Infineon Technologies, JDS Uniphase, Nortel Networks, and LightLogic Inc. to develop a small-footprint OC-192 optical transponder. The agreement specifies a full drop-in, 10-Gbit/s solution. The MSA provides significant space and cost savings for high-speed optical links requiring a reach of 0.6 to 12 km.
  • Interlink Electronics Inc., a developer of intuitive interface solutions, is partnering with Cardiff Software Inc., a provider of e-business automation solutions to make Interlink's ePad handwritten electronic signatures compatible with Cardiff's LiquidForms XML-based eForm Management System. The LiquidForms management system publishes automated electronics forms online, where they may be accessed via popular Web browsers. Once the work is completed, users will be able to legally sign LiquidForm documents using Interlink's ePad e-signature solution.
  • iQuest Consultants Inc. is launching a networking business unit to provide corporate clients with a variety of data networking solutions. This business unit will be centered around the iQ Rack System, an automated network error-detection system comprising components from Cisco, AT&T, and other third-party manufacturers.
  • FRx Software Corp., a developer of financial reporting software and financial analytics, plans to acquire ebudgets.com, a developer of budgeting, planning, and collaboration applications. The acquisition will be in the form of a stock-for-stock exchange using Great Plains Software Inc. common stock. FRx Software plans to enhance its financial analytics applications by adding components that can be deployed via the Internet or in a client/server environment.
  • Compaq Computer Corp. has announced a hardware deal with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions of Chicago. More than 15,000 physicians in Allscripts' paperless prescription service will be able to use Compaq iPAQ handheld devices to write prescriptions, reference clinical material, and record dictated notes. This three-year agreement is valued at more than $100 million.
  • Intellectual property (IP) developer inSilicon Corp. has inked a distribution deal with worldwide semiconductor distributor Insight Electronics. This deal lets Insight add inSilicon's communication IPs onto Xilinx's FPGAs for system-on-a -chip (SoC) solutions. InSilicon has licensed its communication IPs and test environment to Insight.
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