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MIPS Technologies, Inc. (www.mips.com) announced the appointment of Mike Uhler as the company's first Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Uhler served as the Vice President for systems, architecture, and software products at MIPS Technologies.

AMI Semiconductor (www.amis.com) appointed Charlie Lesko to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Lesko joins AMIS from Broadcom Corp., where he was Vice President of North American Sales.

Companies from the EDA, IP, system, and semiconductor industries announced a new consortium. Named SPIRIT or the Structure for Packaging, Integrating and Re-using IP within Tool-flows (www.spiritconsortium.com), it will focus on developing standards for describing and packaging IP. The consortium's goal is to cut costs, increase ease of use, and enable greater flexibility in selecting and integrating IP. The founding consortium members are ARM, Beach Solutions, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Royal Philips Electronics, STMicroelectronics, and Synopsys.

IOGEAR has launched a jargon-free guide to help consumers better understand the basics behind Bluetooth technology. This free guide is available online at www.iogear.com. It answers questions ranging from, "What can I do with Bluetooth?" to "How do I Bluetooth-enable my cell phone?" It also delves into product compatibility and the security issues surrounding Bluetooth.

Thorlabs, Inc. (www.thorlabs.com) acquired Tektronix Munich, GmbH—a subsidiary of Tektronix, Inc. Formerly known as Profile Optische Systeme, GmbH, Tektronix Munich has a reputation for high-performance products that offer ease of use through design modularity. Among the company's products are PMD analytical instruments, DWDM sources and control modules, and laser-diode instrumentation. It will now be known as Thorlabs, GmbH. The company will remain based in Germany's Munich area.

PriMetrica, Inc. (www.primetrica.com), which provides market intelligence and analytics for the global telecom industry, has acquired TeleGeography, Inc. (TGI). This Washington, D.C.-based company publishes authoritative research on global networks, traffic flows, and pricing.

SiWave Corp. (www.si-wave.com) has become a principal member of the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Forum (WiMAX) to deliver and globalize the 802.16 broadband wireless standard. This forum certifies and promotes interoperability standards for broadband-wireless-access devices using the IEEE 802.16 wireless specifications. 802.16 is the first broadband wireless standard from an accredited standards body that leverages next-generation technologies to optimize point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed-wireless networks. The first certified products are expected to enter the market by mid-2004.

SandCherry, Inc. (www.sandcherry.com) appointed Michael Sajor as Vice President of Mobility Solutions. Sajor has considerable experience in the wireless and multimodal industry from companies like Lucent Technologies and Kirusa. In this role, he will be focusing SandCherry's mobility strategy. He also will be developing essential technology and partnerships.

Tera Systems (www.terasystems.com) announced $11 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. Pierre Lamond, a Sequoia Capital partner, will join its board of directors.

Tekelec (www.tekelec.com) completed its transaction with Santera Systems to form a majority-owned next-generation switching subsidiary.

VaST Systems Technology Corp. (www.vastsystems.com) appointed Ken Waichunas as Director of Automotive Business Development for the U.S. Waichunas came to VaST from Applied Dynamics, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In addition, VaST is opening a new sales and support office in Ann Arbor, Mich. to meet the needs of customers in the automotive industry.

Frank Hanzlik has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance (www.wi-fi.org) as its Managing Director.

While reporting to the Wi-Fi Alliance Board of Directors, he is responsible for managing the organization's global operations, growth, and outreach. Hanzlik was most recently the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Mobilian. He has held senior-management positions at Dell and Motorola. In more alliance news, new member Meetinghouse (www.mtghouse.com) was recently welcomed. In addition, the Wi-Fi Alliance Web site now features a return-on-investment (ROI) calculator for Wi-Fi wireless LANs in an corporate setting.

Magma Design Automation, Inc. (www.magma-da.com) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aplus Design Technologies, Inc. Aplus provides logical and physical synthesis and prototyping software solutions for programmable-logic devices. The companies expect to complete the acquisition this quarter.

Accelent Systems, Inc. (www.accelent.com) announced that gigaAnt (www.gigaAnt.com) is an Accelent Alliance member. This alliance offers products and services to the embedded device market. It supports the Microsoft Windows CE.NET OS and Pocket PC. The purpose of the alliance is to assist manufacturers and designers in bringing innovations to market easily and quickly through joint sales, marketing, and development initiatives.

Platforms Wireless International Corp. (www.plfm.net) entered into a joint-venture agreement with StratoComm Corp. (www.stratocosm.com). Their venture company, Airborne Wireless Communications Systems, Inc. (AWICS), will focus on wireless-communications market opportunities in Africa.

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