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  • Through its wholly owned subsidiary Applied MEMS Inc., Input/Output Inc. has entered into a preferred manufacturing partnership with Coventor Inc. for the design and manufacture of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Applied MEMS will offer high-volume, automated MEMS fabrication services and custom MEMS packaging services for a wide range of applications. Coventor will provide a manufacturing interface, MEMS device and system design and simulation software, intellectual property platforms, and product engineering.
  • Expanding its portfolio of networking solutions to garner a bigger share of the fast-growing communications market, Cypress Semiconductor has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Lara Networks, a developer of network search engines and coprocessors. The acquisition will strengthen Cypress' position as a provider of end-to-end system solutions for communications applications.
  • IBM and National Semiconductor have jointly developed technology to enable the remote control of common household devices. Together, the companies have created a development platform for home gateways that will enable remote management of light, security systems, air conditioners, and other appliances. The technology for the gateway will be offered to companies that plan to manufacture the devices.

Under this agreement, Motorola will use Tripath's Class-T digital audio amplifiers in its digital convergence platform, a new line of consumer electronics products called the DCP 500 series.

  • A joint venture between Philips Semiconductors and Frontier Design has resulted in a new company called Adelante Technologies. Providing licensable DSP cores as well as associated application-specific intellectual-property and design services, the new entity seeks to meet market demand for embedded open-system architectures for building next-generation wireless and personal multimedia products.
  • A cooperation, development, and marketing agreement between Cadence's Quickturn company and Spirent Communications' SmartBits Division will result in a new packet-over-Sonet verification system. This programmable system can be customized to support different protocol standards. It also can emulate data rates from OC-3/STM-1 to OC-768/STM-256.
  • IBM and National Semiconductor have jointly developed technology to enable the remote control of common household devices. Together, the companies have created a development platform for home gateways that will enable remote management of light, security systems, air conditioners, and other appliances. The technology for the gateway will be offered to companies that plan to manufacture the devices.
  • America Online and AT&T Wireless have entered into a joint marketing deal. Together, the companies will develop a new mobile service and matching handset. The service will feature AOL offerings, including instant messaging, e-mail, and content.
  • Compaq Computer Corp. will shift its high-end server production to Intel's Itanium microprocessors. Compaq will discontinue its own Alpha chip by 2004. As part of the deal, Compaq will sell Alpha tools and equipment to Intel. Compaq will also license the Alpha technology to Intel. By 2004, Compaq's entire 64-bit server family will be based on the Itanium architecture.
  • SiRF Technology Inc. has acquired the global positioning system (GPS) business of Conexant Systems Inc. As part of this deal, Conexant will receive certain licensing rights to SiRF's GPS technology as well as retain rights to its own GPS technology for use in mobile communications applications.
  • Xicor Inc and Digi-Key Corp. have entered into a worldwide distribution agreement. Under this pact, Digi-Key will resell Xixcor's mixed-signal products via its catalog distribution channel.
  • A high-density eight-port voice-access solution for enterprise applications is the result of a cooperative effort between Intersil Corp. and Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Inc. Built around IDT's fully programmable octal codec and Intersil's micro-leadframe ringing subscriber-line interface circuit (RSLIC), the HD8 incorporates the latest in packaging technology to offer the smallest octal-voice-port footprint, Intersil claims.
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