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  • Motorola has selected Dot Hill as its OEM partner for the SwitchMATE II wireless network management system. Dot Hill, a manufacturer and provider of data storage and storage area network solutions, will use this two-year development deal to design, develop, and integrate SwitchMATE II in-house. SwitchMATE II, 48-V compatible, helps cellular service providers manage their switch operations.

  • Accelerated Technology Inc. (ATI), a maker of nonroyalty-based real-time operating systems, and Insignia Solutions, a provider of accelerated Java solutions for embedded devices, have announced a strategic relationship. Under the agreement's terms, the companies will integrate ATI's Nucleus operating system with Insignia's Jeode virtual machine platform.

  • Francisco Partners and a unit of CitiCorp Venture Capital have acquired 80% of AMI Semiconductor. Formerly known as American Microsystems Inc., AMI is still partially owned by Japan Energy Corp. subsidiary GA-TEK, which retains the rights to buy back an additional 10%. AMI will continue its work in the translation of FPGAs into ASICs while expanding into communications-enabling technologies.

  • LinkUp Systems Corp., a provider of processor-plus peripherals solutions for the Internet appliance and consumer electronics market, and Tao Group, a maker of Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology, have announced a joint venture. LinkUp's ARM-based L7200 processor will support Tao Group's Elate JVM and the intent multimedia, deterministic operating system.

  • Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. and I-Logix Inc., a provider of software-development tools, will integrate I-Logix's Rhapsody in MicroC visual programming solution into Fujitsu's Softune integrated development environment (IDE). This will improve development support for Fujitsu's F2MC and FR MCU customers.

  • I-Bus/Phoenix has acquired Gateworks Corp., a privately held company that designs and supplies embedded computers and systems. Gateworks works in the CompactPCI computer architecture, the industry standard for servers that support telecommunications and the Internet infrastructure. This acquisition is designed to augment I-Bus/Phoenix's CompactPCI design capabilities.

  • ZeTek Power Corp., a fuel-cell manufacturer, is using technology licensed from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in its new East Tennessee plant. The ORNL technologies employed include a proprietary method for removing carbon dioxide from the fuel and air and a method for manufacturing carbon elements through a slurry molding process. It is projected that ORNL will become the future home of ZeTek's research and development, systems integration, and corporate offices.

  • TechOnLine Inc., a provider of online education, services, and information for the electronics engineering community, has launched SOCnetSM. This community is designed to provide a comprehensive online network of information for system-on-a-chip design, silicon intellectual property (IP), virtual components, and process technology.

  • Ciena Corp. plans to acquire Cyras Systems Inc., a networking-equipment manufacturer, in a deal worth $2.6 billion. Ciena will purchase all outstanding shares of the privately held company in exchange for 27 million shares of Ciena common stock. Ciena plans to complement its long-haul network gear with Cyras' metropolitan networking equipment.

  • Telenor ASA has selected Swedish mobile phone maker Ericsson as its main partner in developing a third-generation cellular phone network. The contract calls for Ericsson to deliver a complete network for a universal mobile telecommunications system to be operational next year in parts of Norway. This contract for the infrastructure, terminals, applications, and other equipment ends in 2004.

  • With the opening of its Design Competence Center in Shanghai, Philips Semiconductors has established China's first R&D center for semiconductor technology. The company plans to use it to introduce systems and application-specific ICs based on Chinese standards and customer requirements. Initially, the center will develop technology for applications that are two to five years away. Research particularly will focus on growth markets such as digital TV, wireless communication, and identification.

  • National Semiconductor has licensed Tensilica's Xtensa III reconfigurable microprocessor core. Xtensa III integrates DSP and CPU functions using special-instruction extensions provided through the Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) language. National plans to use the technology to develop a Ricochet modem chip set for Metricom, a high-speed wireless data company.

  • Lucent Technologies' microelectronics spinoff will be named Agere Systems. Agere, pronounced a-GEAR, has its roots in the Latin verb "ago," meaning "to lead, to drive, to act." Formerly the microelectronics group at Lucent Technologies, Agere comprises two major divisions: integrated circuits and optoelectronics. The integrated circuits division develops and manufactures communications products for wireless, access, networking, and computing applications. The optoelectronic division handles optoelectronic components for long- and short-haul communications networks.

  • STMicroelectronics has licensed the Ovonic phase-change semiconductor memory technology from Ovonyx Inc., a developer of nonvolatile memory technology. Ovonic Flash memory will be incorporated into STMicroelectronics products. The companies will work together to integrate the thin-film memory technology into STMicroelectronics' fabrication process.

  • CMX Systems, a developer of real-time multitasking operating systems, and DSP Group Inc., a maker of licensable digital processing cores, have launched CMX-RTX for DSP Group's Teak DSP Core. CMX-RTX, a real-time multitasking operating system, is well noted for its very small code size.
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