Wireless Systems Design

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The NanoBusiness Alliance (www.nanobusiness.org) appointed Joseph Piché, CEO of Eikos, Inc. (www.eikos.com), to its Advisory Board. His objective is to guide the development of what has been called the Industrial Revolution for the 21st Century. The new board reflects the confluence of critical sectors: business, finance, government, science, and academia. Those sectors are working together to speed the development of small-technology business.

Microfabrica, Inc. (www.microfabrica.com) closed $15 million in Series B financing led by WK Technology Fund. All of the company's existing investors also participated in this round, including DynaFund Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Partech International, ChevronTexaco Venture Equities, Zone Ventures, and Atherton Venture Partners. The funds will primarily be used to expand Microfabrica's global presence; move into production mode; and expand the capabilities of the company's EFAB manufacturing process.

The Silicon Correlation Division of Magma Design Automation, Inc. (www.scd.magma-da.com) joined the Cadence Connections program. This program promotes open interoperability in all areas of electronic design including digital, custom-IC, analog/mixed-signal, and PCB design.

Accumet Engineering Corp.'s (www.accumet.com) commitment to high customer service, continuous improvement, and technical excellence earned it company-wide ISO 9001:2000 certification through the certification body of TUV America, Inc.

The Eclipse Board of Directors (www.eclipse.org) announced four new members. They are Todd Williams (Genuitec, LLC); John Wiegand (Eclipse Project Lead, IBM); Rich Main (SAS); and Bjorn Freeman-Benson (University of Washington). The founding 12-member Eclipse Board of Directors is responsible for approving Eclipse's strategy, development roadmaps, and release plans. It also will establish organization policy.

Colubris Networks (www.colubris.com) secured $13 million in series C funding. The oversubscribed round was led by Grand-Banks Capital with participation by new investor Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds. Existing investors, including Prism Venture Partners and the Development Bank of Canada, also participated in the round. The new funds will be used to fuel the company's continued growth in the hot-spot service-provider and enterprise markets.

Azimuth Systems, Inc. (www.azimuthsystems.com) and several leading 802.11 wireless-networking vendors announced the formation of the Wireless Performance Prediction (WPP) study group. Formed to fill the void of consistent and universally accepted WLAN measurement practices, the WPP's members include individuals from organizations like Intel, Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, and Broadcom. They also include regulatory agencies, such as the FDA and NIST, and authoritative independent testing organizations like the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Labs (UNH-IOL) and Iometrix. The WPP supports the vendor community's outreach to the user community with the shared objective of providing end users with the same reliability and consistency of test metrics that exist for wired-Ethernet LANS.

InnerWireless, Inc. (www.innerwireless.com) formed a strategic alliance with Johnson Controls, Inc. (www.johnsoncontrols.com) to offer an in-building wireless distribution system. This system provides complete wireless coverage for a full range of voice and data services. Called the InnerMobile wireless distribution system, it is installed once. According to the companies, it can then be modified and expanded without intrusive, costly infrastructure changes. Johnson Controls and InnerWireless signed a joint development agreement for initiatives related to the InnerMobile system. Additionally, Johnson Controls became an equity investor in InnerWireless.

ANADIGICS, Inc. (www.anadigics.com) announced that Garry McGuire Sr. was elected to the company's Board of Directors. McGuire is currently the CFO and Senior VP of Corporate Development at Avaya.

IOGEAR developed a guide to help consumers understand the facts behind Wireless-Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology. The free resource is available online at www.iogear.com. The guide is aimed at end users who are interested in Wi-Fi technology, but aren't sure how to use it or what products are best for them.

Vivato (www.vivato.net) appointed Carson Chen to its Board of Directors. As an electrical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the development and marketing of broadband and high-speed telecom-munication technologies, Carson has spent 12 years as an executive at Cisco Systems. In addition, Vivato appointed Kevin Ryan as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Previously, Ryan served as VP of Marketing and Business Development at Ensemble Communications.

Wispry (www.wispry.com) raised $1 million in initial funding to expand product design and development as well as its sales and marketing efforts. The round was led by Tech Coast Angels, which invested more than $900,000 in this funding.

TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (www.triquint.com) introduced its high-volume TQHBT3 InGaP heterojunction-bipolar-transistor (HBT) process, which was fabricated in its 150-mm wafer-manufacturing facility in Oregon. This process represents the next generation of TriQuint's mature, high-volume TQHBT process. It targets the RF-amplifier designers who are working on mobile phones, WLAN, WiMAX, and broadband-power applications. Due to higher transistor performance, this process should enable them to achieve increased gain, greater power levels, and higher efficiency for a given device size.

Sinclair Technologies, Inc. (www.sinctech.com) launched Sinclair Systems. This new division addresses the growing demand for custom antenna-combining systems in the VHF, UHF, and 700-to-900-MHz bands. Sinclair Systems provides its customers with antenna-combining systems and related expertise to solve the design problems that arise from changing regulatory and environmental factors.

The online resource, GlobalSpec (www.globalspec.com), launched more powerful search functionality, deeper engineering content, and "The Engineering Web." The Engineering Web is defined as the slice of the World Wide Web that focuses solely on engineering-related information. In addition, GlobalSpec now provides access to the hidden Web (i.e., application notes, patents, material properties, and standards).

The Open Group (www.opengroup.org) announced a certification program for clients and servers that meet the WAP 2.0 specifications published by the Open Mobile Alliance. Clients include mobile-telephone handsets, mobile data clients without voice capability, and software products that provide WAP browsing capabilities to mobile data clients like wireless-enabled PDAs.

With the addition of new members, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium's (www.eembc.hotdesk.com) membership has grown by 10% in the past few months. Since the end of 2003, the nonprofit industry-standard group has added Atmel, Cirrus Logic, and Faraday Technology to its full board members and palmOne and Time Warner Cable to its Java Subcommittee.

Alcatel (www.alcatel.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) forged a strategic alliance for the definition, standardization, development, integration, and marketing of WiMAX end-to-end solutions. They plan to deliver solutions by the second half of 2005.

Ember Corp. (www.ember.com) gained promoter status in the ZigBee Alliance (www.zigbee.org), which gives it a seat on the ZigBee Board of Directors. In a separate announcement, the company purchased a portfolio of 802.15.4 RFIC technology from Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (www.cambridgeconsultants.com). It also hired the engineering team that developed the portfolio.

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