Wireless Systems Design

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OSE Systems (www.ose.com), a subsidiary of Enea Data (www.enea.com), joined forces with other Enea Data subsidiaries: Enea Realtime and Enea TekSci consulting. Together, they will become Enea Embedded Technology. Operating as a subsidiary of Enea Data, Enea Embedded Technology will provide turnkey embedded solutions that combine the OSE Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), OSE development tools, and other off-the-shelf components with custom integration, consulting, and training services. Its headquarters will be located in Stockholm, Sweden, and San Diego, Calif.

Shahin Javidi has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Digital Bridges (www.digitalbridges.com). He joins the company from Webraska Mobile Technologies. Javidi will be in charge of worldwide sales and business development. His goal is to reinforce and build on the company's relationships with mobile network operators and other strategic partners.

Eckehard Mielke has been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Willtek Communications (www.willtek.com). Based at the company headquarters in Ismaning, which is near Munich, Germany, Mielke will oversee the activities of Willtek's national financial controllers. He also will provide financial analysis and direction for Willtek's operations.

Sunny Computer Technology Co., Ltd. opened its first U.S. facility. This Chinese manufacturer of computer parts and peripherals and other electronic components is headquartered in Guang Dong, China. The new combined warehouse and sales office is located in West Berlin, N.J.

Dilithium Networks (www.dilithiumnetworks.com) established offices in Shanghai to meet the growing demand for wireless 3G services in that region.

Digital Communication Technologies (www.digitalcomtech.com) is the latest Java player to join the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium's (EEMBC) group. The GrinderBench benchmarks developed by the EEMBC Java subcommittee measure the performance of Java implementations in handling such tasks as photo decoding, computation-intensive games, XML parsing, cryptography, object creation, and regular expression analysis. Used together, the various components of the GrinderBench suite broadly exercise the Java API while avoiding the limitations of synthetic benchmarks. Other participants in the EEMBC Java Subcommittee include representatives of ARM, esmertec, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Sun, Symbian, and Tao Group.

Pulsic Limited (www.pulsic.com) appointed Ken Roberts as CEO. Founder and acting CEO, Mark Williams, will move into the role of COO. Ken Roberts has worked with many of the leading firms in the EDA industry. Most recently, he was VP and General Manager Europe at Magma Design Automation, Inc.

Elixent (www.elixent.com) recently closed a funding round of $10 million. New investors GIMV and NIF Ventures led this Series B round. In addition, the company welcomed full participation from founding investor 3i. This funding is Elixent's second round. It will be used to expand the company's engineering group and accelerate the rollout of technology.

SiRF Technology (www.sirf.com) has appointed Michael Canning as President and CEO. Canning has over 20 years of experience from companies including Cirrus Logic and Teledyne Semiconductor. At SiRF, he will lead the company's growth in the expanding location-technologies market.

ARM (www.arm.com) purchased Adelante Technologies Belgium, which is part of Adelante Technologies Holding B.V. Adelante Technologies Belgium is a 25-person company based in Leuven, Belgium. Its A|RT technology comprises a methodology for designing optimized processing blocks to accelerate high-data-throughput processing applications.

NDK America, Inc. and NDK Crystal, Inc. (www.ndk.com) moved into their Belvidere, Ill. facility nine months ahead of schedule. This facility combines sales/marketing, research & development, a design center, manufacturing, warehousing, and executive-office functions. Covering a total of 55,000 ft.2, it devotes 34,000 ft.2 to manufacturing.

The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance—an industry initiative that will define and promote open standards for interfaces to mobile application processors—was announced by ARM, Nokia (www.nokia.com), STMicroelectronics (www.st.com), and Texas Instruments, Inc. (www.ti.com). The MIPI Alliance (www.mipi.org) is a response to the broad interest in the OMAPI standard launched by ST and TI in December 2002.

The Embedded Linux Consortium elected Berardino Baratta to its board of directors. Baratta is Metrowerks' CTO and VP, Linux Solutions Group. In this position, he plans to help efforts toward an open and unified standard for embedded-Linux distributions.

Astec Power (www.astecpower.com) is moving its current design facility located in Pasig Kapitolyo, Philippines to the Eastwood City CyberPark in Quezon City. Situated on the northeastern side of metro Manila, Astec's new leased facility will encompass 65,000 ft.2. This space will better accommodate Astec's numerous engineering development and project-management teams.

InterDigital Communications Corp. (www.interdigital.com)announced that a wholly owned subsidiary has acquired substantially all of the assets of Tantivy Communications, Inc. Included in the acquisition are patents, patent applications, know-how, state-of-the art laboratory facilities, and other technologies related to CDMA2000, smart antennas, wireless LAN, and other wireless communications technologies.

Aeroflex, Inc. (www.aeroflex.com) has acquired the Racal Wireless Solutions Group. It will pay $38 million cash and a deferred payment of up to $16.5 million in either cash or Aeroflex common stock (at Aeroflex's option). The choice depends on whether the Wireless Solutions Group achieves certain performance goals for the year ending July 31, 2004. Racal Wireless is a leading developer, manufacturer, and integrator of digital wireless testing and measurement solutions. Its products address two primary wireless applications - infrastructure and mobile handset testing.

To continue its global expansion, Flarion Technologies (www.flarion.com) has established sales and marketing operations in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, the company appointed Mr. Hiroyuki Kawabata as Country Manager of Flarion Japan. As the Country Manager, Mr. Hiroyuki Kawabata leads all aspects of Flarion's customer engagements, sales, and marketing in Japan. Previously, Mr. Kawabata held sales and management positions with leading data and telecommunications companies including New Century GlobalNet, Stratus Computer, British Telecom, TWG (The Walter Group), and Accessline.

CSMC Technologies Corp. (www.csmc.com.cn), a Chinese 6-in. IC-foundry-services company, closed a $67 million (U.S.) first investment round with a consortium of international investors. The round was led by 3i and Crown Crystal Investments Limited (CCI). Previous investors also participated in this round. Among them were China Resources Logic, IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and a private equity fund managed by Templeton Asset Management Limited. The funding will be used to expand CSMC's growing business.

Virage Logic Corp. (www.viragelogic.com) welcomed Dan McCranie and Robert H. Smith to its board of directors. McCranie joins as Chairman, while Smith joins as a Board member. The company's previous Chairman, Adam Kablanian, remains on the board and continues to serve as Virage Logic's President and CEO. McCranie is a 30-yr. veteran of the semiconductor and communications industries. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for ON Semiconductor and Xicor. Most recently, McCranie served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Cypress Semiconductor. Smith currently serves on the boards of Cirrus Logic, Inc., PLX Technology, and Epicor. From the onset of his career at Honeywell, Inc., Smith has held a number of executive positions in operations, finance, and administration. He served on the board of directors for Novellus until his retirement as Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

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