Wireless Systems Design

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Dr. Donald Fitzmaurice and Justin Adams have been named to the Board of Advisors to guide Konarka Technologies, Inc.'s (www.konarkatech.com) scientific and business development, respectively. Fitzmaurice is Professor of Nanochemistry at University College Dublin. He is serving his second term as a member of the Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation. In addition, he is the founder of NTERA Ltd. Justin Adams serves as the CEO of High Power Lithium (HPL). Adams also advises and works with several of the leading energy majors and large automotive companies on the impact of future carbon constraints, emerging energy technologies, and the potential of nanotechnology. In a separate announcement, Konarka announced that Dr. Bill Beckenbaugh has been appointed as the Chairman of Konarka's Scientific Advisory Council. Beckenbaugh led Konarka through its initial phase to establish a foundation on which the company could quickly commercialize and bring breakthrough photovoltaic technologies and products to market.

Catalytic, Inc. (www.catalyticinc.com) raised $6 million in first-round funding from leading venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). This funding brings the total amount raised to $6.6 million. ITU Ventures and Angel Investors, which also invested in this round, provided seed funding.

Jim Welch was introduced as the President and CEO of Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. (www.wireless valley.com). Welch also will serve on the board of directors. Previously, Welch was CFO at Metrowerks. He was instrumental in the acquisition of Metrowerks by the Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector in 1999. At Wireless Valley, Welch replaces Ted Rappaport, who will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board and CTO.

Wade Meyercord joined Magma Design Automation, Inc.'s (www.magma-da.com) Board of Directors. Meyercord is President of Meyercord & Associates. He also serves on the boards of California Micro Devices and Microchip.

The Eclipse Board of Stewards announced Eclipse's reorganization into a not-for-profit corporation (www.eclipse. org). Eclipse is now an independent body that will drive the platform's evolution to benefit both the providers of software-development offerings and end users. All technology and source code that are provided to this fast-growing ecosystem will remain openly available and royalty-free. A full-time Eclipse management organization is being established to engage with commercial developers and consumers, academic and research institutions, standards bodies, tool interoperability groups, and individual developers. It also will coordinate Open Source projects.

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (www.keithley.com) is partnering with the Albany NanoTech Center at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). To further the understanding of nanotechnology and optoelectronics technologies, they will work together and share research information. Keithley also will provide the Albany NanoTech Center with a state-of-the-art semiconductor-device characterization system.

The design and test facilities of US Monolithics LLC have been granted ISO 9001 standard certification for their quality-management system. This certification covers all operations at US Monolithics, a wholly owned subsidiary of ViaSat, Inc. (www.viasat.com), for the design and test of broadband-wireless-transceiver MMICs and modules for both government and commercial markets.

David Lyle joined Zyray Wireless (www.zyraywireless.com) as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Zyray, Lyle was CFO of Mobilian Corp. He was instrumental in raising over $80 million for Mobilian as well as growing the company and leading it through its acquisition by Intel Corp. Prior to Mobilian, Lyle served in various roles at Intel Corp., including an operational finance role in the microprocessor and networking groups.

VeriWave, Inc. (www.veriwave.com), a Portland-based startup company, closed its first institutional round of funding to address the need for 802.11 wireless-LAN testing. Its lead investor, U.S. Venture Partners, was joined by TL Ventures.

Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products launched its new e-commerce web site: www.eccosorb.com/buyonline.asp. Online ordering is now available for the United States and Canada for numerous Eccosorb product categories.

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (www.eembc.org) announced that Transmeta Corp. (www.transmeta.com) joined EEMBC as a member of the consortium's Board of Directors. As a member of the EEMBC board, Transmeta will enjoy full voting rights on all issues that are decided by the consortium. It also will have access to source code for all of the EEMBC benchmarks.

Vivato (www.vivato.net) announced several new appointments to its executive management team. Siavash Alamouti was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Alamouti, who is an expert in smart-antenna technology, was previously a senior scientist at AT&T Wireless. He is best known as the inventor of the Alamouti Code, the first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) code that also has been adopted for other wireless standards, including 3G wireless and 802.16 (WiMAX). In addition, Bradley Kolb joined Vivato as Vice President of Operations. Kolb was formerly VP of Operations at Proxim, Inc. Lastly, Dave Roth was advanced to VP of Engineering. He will coordinate hardware, software, and systems development.

Texas Instruments, Inc. (www.ti.com) joined the WiMedia Alliance as a Promoter Member. The company also will serve on the organization's Board of Directors. The WiMedia Alliance develops specifications and certification programs that define interoperability and use models as well as fairness policies for Ultra Wideband- (UWB-) based wireless networking.

TestQuest, Inc. (www.testquest.com) closed an additional $3.7 million round of funding. The round, which was led by Norwest Venture Partners and RRE Ventures, brings the total invested in the company to over $18 million since 1999. The additional funding will be used to expand the company's presence in the mobile and wireless market.

Ansoft Corp. (www.ansoft.com) appointed Thomas A.N. Miller as Chief Financial Officer. Miller served as a director since 1984. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Ansoft's CFO. Most recently, he served as Executive VP. Miller replaces outgoing CFO Anthony L. Ryan, who is leaving the company.

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