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Eying the power-line networking and broadband wireless markets, Cogency Technology Inc. and Trunk Corp. have merged to form a fabless IC design company, Cogency Semiconductor Inc. The new firm will combine Trunk's channel-adaptive techniques with Cogency's ASIC expertise to develop chips for scalable high-speed transmission over electrical power lines with a flexible interface for multiple protocols like Ethernet, USB, and PCI.

To broaden the product base of active and passive components for dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) applications, Tyco Electronics Corp. will acquire Laser Diode Inc. LDI's advanced opto-electronic devices and extensive packaging experience will complement Tyco's Fiber Optic Division.

Tektronix Inc. and Actix Inc. have signed an agreement to develop the GSM Cell Analyzer. This device combines Tektronix's K1205 Signaling Protocol Analyzer with Astix's Abis add-on analyzer software. At the push of a button, communications field technicians can use it to quickly check and validate a basestation's radio performance, solve RF problems, perform dropped-call analysis, and monitor cell statistics and other functions.

QLogic Corp, a supplier of semiconductor- and board-level I/O products, will acquire Ancor Communications, a supplier of Fibre Channel switches for storage area networks (SANs). The two companies hope to leverage key customer relationships to produce enhanced Fibre Channel solutions for the growing SAN marketplace.

Sequence Design Inc., a result of the merger between Frequency Technology Inc. and Sente Inc., will work to provide better timing, power, and area optimization tools for ultra-deep submicron designs. These will complement existing and future design flows. As a result, semiconductor vendors and end users will be able to meet their time-to-market and design performance goals.

Innovent Systems has opened its doors. It specializes in silicon implementation of wireless applications. With its patented approach to developing low-cost, high-performance short-range wireless capabilities, the company will target the single-chip RF market with an initial focus on Bluetooth-related applications.

Lara Networks announced plans to integrate its silicon-based search-engine technology with the IQ2000 network processor from Sitera Inc. Lara's deterministic, single-cycle processors can scan silicon-based tables to provide hardware acceleration for applications such as web switching, policy enforcement, virtual private networks, quality of service, and class of service. Sitera's network processor works with a variety of third-party coprocessors. Network processors and coprocessors like this are shortening time-to-market for the next generation of network switching equipment.

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