Wireless Systems Design

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As its new CEO, Voice Signal Tech-nologies (www.voicesignal.com) named Richard J. Geruson. Previously, Geruson was a Senior VP for Nokia. He will take over responsibility for Voice Signal's day-to-day operations from the company's co-founder and previous CEO, Dan Roth. Roth will assume the title of President.

By launching a new web site, Vicor (www.vicorpower.com) plans to help design engineers configure, specify, and even design DC-DC converters for their applications.

Bandspeed, Inc. (www.bandspeed.com) added Bill Unger to its board of directors. Unger is Partner Emeritus at Mayfield Fund. He also serves on the board of directors of iKnowmed Systems, LightSpeed Semiconductor, Pixim, and Ubicom.

A variety of software development kits (SDKs) can be downloaded for free from Accelerated Technology at www.acceleratedtechnology.com/all_access. Designed for both potential and existing customers, the Nucleus software kits allow developers to evaluate the software for use with popular target platforms.

QuickLogic Corp. (www.quicklogic.com) was awarded a certificate indicating its compliance with the Sony Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program. Sony established the Sony Green Partner Standards in July of 2001.

AMI Semiconductor (www.amis.com) opened its North American Automotive Center in Novi, Mich. The center will provide support for ongoing production programs. It also will allow AMIS to provide local and timely technical support for new semiconductor-design concepts and implementations.

The RapidIO Trade Association (www.rapidio.org) introduced Analog Devices' (www.analog.com) John Pitrus as the new Chair of its Marketing Work Group (MWG). Pitrus is the product line manager of wireless infrastruc-ture in ADI's embedded DSP division. Kapesh Gala, former MWG chair and marketing manager for IBM Microelectronics, remains a member of the MWG.

The Wireless Infrastructure Association, PCIA (www.pcia.com), hired Jay Keithley as its Government Relations Director. Before joining PCIA, Keithley served as the VP of Public Affairs and VP of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Sprint.

Crediting successes in both the wireline and wireless sectors, IP Deliver (www.IPDeliver.com) expanded its management team. The company appointed Robert Turner as Chairman and CEO and Ben Holzemer as President/EVP of Business Development.

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (www.eembc.org) announced new digital-entertainment benchmarks. For designers of set-top boxes, PDAs, mobile phones, and in-car enter-tainment systems, these benchmarks should provide a set of tools for evaluating the performance of a system's embedded processors.

Jo Anne Anderson assumed an expanded executive leadership role at ADC (www.adc.com). In addition to her existing responsibility as President of the Systems Integration Business Unit, Anderson has leadership responsibility for ADC's Software Systems Business Unit. Anderson has been at ADC for more than 20 years.

Konarka Tech-nologies, Inc. (www.konarkatech.com) appointed Daniel Patrick McGahn as its Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, McGahn served as COO and General Manager at Hyperion Catalysis.

ANADIGICS, Inc. (www.anadigics.com) acquired assets of the wireless-handset power-amplifier business that was previously conducted by Tavanza, a subsidiary of Celeritek (www.celeritek.com). The agreement includes 3-x-3-x-1-mm CDMA power amplifiers, technology, and IP as well as the recruitment of RF engineering personnel.

Fairchild Semiconductor (www.fairchildsemi.com) purchased the commercial unit of Raytheon Company's RF Components Division. This purchase gives Fairchild an entry into the advanced RF market for applications like wireless LANs and handset power amplifiers. It also adds gallium-arsenide millimeter-wave integrated circuits (GaAs MMICs) to Fairchild's portfolio. The company acquired Raytheon's foundry partnership agreement for the supply of gallium-arsenide wafers as well as an equity stake in WIN Semiconductor. More than 30 Raytheon designers, test engineers, and business-development employees will join Fairchild.

2Wire, Inc. (www.2wire.com) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sugar Media, Inc. 2Wire will acquire Sugar Media's digital media technology and expertise.

To meet anticipated E-911 demand, the ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group, plc. (www.intertek-etlsemko.com) upgraded its wireless testing facilities to include Global Positioning System (GPS) performance testing for products that operate within the frequency range of 800 to 1900 MHz. Testing is based on Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standard TIA-916, "Recommended Minimum Performance Specification for TIA/EIA/IS-801-1 Spread Spectrum Mobile Stations."

MobileAccess Networks (www.mobileaccess.com) closed a $10 million round of financing. HarbourVest Partners, LLC and Pitango Venture Capital co-led this financing round. In addition, Alex Rogers of HarbourVest and Rami Beracha of Pitango will join the company's Board of Directors.

The ultra-wideband-focused Wisair (www.wisair.com) completed a $15.5 million series B funding round led by Apax Partners' funds. Other participants included Vertex, RAD Ventures, Bynet Ventures, and Tamar Ventures along with RAD and Bynet founders, Zohar and Yehuda Zisapel.

In addition to the $8.1 million already raised, Columbitech (www.columbitech.com) secured an undisclosed sum of funding from current investors. The funds will be used to strengthen the company's marketing and sales presence in vertical markets, such as retail and logistics.

Wind River Systems, Inc. (www.windriver.com) appointed Ken Klein President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board effective January 5, 2004. Klein joined Wind River's Board of Directors on July 24, 2003. Currently, he is COO and board member at Mercury Interactive Corp.

Strix Systems, Inc. (www.strixsystems.com) made Architect/One available to all of its channel partners. This planning tool designs and builds an RF coverage map based on specific network requirements.

Juha Christensen is no longer in charge of Microsoft's Mobile Devices Division. Christensen left to create his own mobile-device services company, which he plans to start on January 1. For now, Pieter Knook will be in charge of the Mobile Devices Division. Currently, Knook is Senior VP of the company's Mobile and Embedded Group.

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