Wireless Systems Design


  • Ericsson Technology Licensing (www.ericsson.com/bluetooth) launched the "Ericsson Blue Pages." This guide offers a collected view of Bluetooth solutions for manufacturers of mobile phones, headsets, and other accessories. The first issue targets mobile-phone and mobile-phone-accessory companies. The Ericsson Blue Pages is available as both a free-of-charge printed catalog version and via the Internet. The web version will be continuously updated, while the printed version will be issued two times a year.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (www.tsmc.com) announced Reference Flow 5.0, which provides power closure and integrated chip-to-package design for nanometer system-on-a-chip (SoC) integrated circuits. The new reference flow includes significant power-management, design-for-test, design-for-manufacturing, and flip-chip design capabilities. It also flaunts integrated chip-to-package design capabilities. In addition to Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems, Reference Flow 5.0 includes specialty tools from Mentor Graphics Corp. and newly introduced EDA partners Apache Design Solutions, Atrenta, Inc., and Optimal Corp.
  • Accent Srl (www.accent.it) announced the "Highway to Silicon," a virtual independent-device-manufacturer (IDM) approach that promises to provide a complete, one-stop shop for all aspects of complex IC design. This approach works to combine the advantages of dealing with a single supplier (as offered by a traditional IDM route to silicon) with the openness, commercial control, and cost efficiency associated with a COT and pure-play foundry route.
  • U.S.-based BelAir Networks (www.belairnetworks.com) announced that its BelAir200 wireless platform is now available for hot-zone and metro Wi-Fi network deployments in Europe. The BelAir200 has been CE marked, proving that it complies with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE 1999/5/EC).
  • Redux Communications Ltd. (www.reduxcom.com) and U.S.-based Eastern Research, Inc. (www.erinc.com) demonstrated 4xT1/E1 interconnectivity across Ethernet networks. This interoperability demonstration used Eastern Research's compact DNX-1u digital cross-connect and access concentration platform with Redux Communications' Arranto 400TE multi-service TDM over Packet Gateway. The resulting combination should provide new opportunities for mobile operators, carriers, and enterprises to reduce their operating expenses.
  • Stefan Trautner joined ACG Identification GmbH (www.acg.de) as Product Manager, RFID Readers. In his new position, Trautner will manage the RFID-reader product portfolio and be responsible for its further development. Prior to joining ACG, Trautner worked as Sales Engineer for RFID Products at g-ident GmbH.
  • Aptilo Networks (www.aptilo.com) and Birdstep Technology (www.birdstep.com) formed an agreement to merge their IP Zone businesses in Aptilo Networks. This public WLAN software company will operate as Aptilo Networks with Birdstep Technology as a major shareholder. Nordstjernan, which is Aptilo's largest shareholder, and Birdstep will inject SEK $35 million. The merge will help Aptilo to accelerate its future growth strategy and sales in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
  • RF Micro Devices, Inc. (www.rfmd.com) established an assembly facility at its Beijing, China, location to provide internal module-packaging capabilities. The company expects its assembly capabilities to lower its overall manufacturing cost structure, provide for guaranteed assembly capacity, and enable cycle-time reductions. RFMD also hopes to strengthen its position as a one-stop shop for semiconductor assembly, test, and tape and reel. The facility is expected to become fully operational in the December 2004 quarter.
  • Orange commissioned a white paper as part of its Orange Partner Program. To help mobile application developers build solutions that satisfy an operator's customer base, this program provides tools, testing processes, application programming interfaces, peer-to-peer contact, access to Orange's global development centers, and other services. To download "The Well Executed Mobile Application," visit http://adserv.wirelessdevnet.com/oasis/oasisc.php?s=13&c=242.
  • In response to the France Telecom Group's launch of Business Everywhere, its subsidiary—Equant (www.equant.com)—is launching a solution dedicated to multinational corporations. Four key features define its Business Everywhere: an integrated solution with a single bill from one provider; a high level of security; mobilizing enterprise applications, and extended coverage. From a laptop, Business Everywhere offers unified mobile access to corporate information and applications via multiple access technologies including Wi-Fi, GPRS, and DSL. In major European markets, support for UMTS (3G) is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year.
  • Spain's Amitelo Communications, Inc. (www.amitelo.com) took steps to incorporate a new division. The fully owned subsidiary, which will be called Amitelo Wireless SL, will deal with the deployment and development of Amitelo's wireless network for the delivery of broadband and voice services. In accordance with this announcement, Amitelo announced that it appointed Leopold Delepierre to the position of Chief Business Development Officer. Delepierre has over 30 years experience in telecommunications and IT.
  • Metalink Ltd. (www.metalinkbb.com) appointed Noboru Tsuchiya as Senior Field Application Engineer fully dedicated to country support. Previously, Noboru served as a Senior Field Applications Engineer at GlobespanVirata.
  • Airbee Wireless, Inc. (www.airbeewireless.com) opened its expanded development center in Chennai, India. Airbee has committed more than $1 million to the center, which will employ a staff of more than 60. The center will function as the company's primary global research and development facility.
  • Ovum (www.ovum.com) and the GSM Association (www.gsmworld.com) signed an agreement to offer market data and advisory services to the mobile industry. Branded Wireless Intelligence, this venture is expected to include relevant data on advanced multimedia, next-generation messaging, and data services. This web-based service will launch in the fourth quarter of this year. In a separate announcement, Ovum and Nucleus Research (www.nucleusresearch.com) announced an exclusive alliance to deliver ROI advisory and consulting services to new and existing clients in Europe. The companies plan to give enterprises and service providers a complete perspective on the technology landscape. The Ovum/Nucleus offering will provide expert analysis ranging from market and technology trends to vendor product offerings and actual ROI data on real-world technology deployments.
  • Artimi, Inc. (www.artimi.com) closed a $14 million Series A funding round. Index Ventures co-led the round with Accel Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd., and investment from Oak Investment Partners.
  • Aptilo Networks and Birdstep Technology (www.birdstep.com) entered into a final agreement to combine their IP Zone businesses in Aptilo Networks AB. The combined company will operate as Aptilo Networks with Birdstep Technology as the leading shareholder. The final agreement was based on market values of SEK 150 million of Aptilo Networks AB and SEK 55 million of Birdstep's IP Zone business. After integration and contribution of SEK 25 million in cash, Birdstep will hold 33.3% of the combined company.
  • Enthone, Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics (www.cooksonelectronics.com), appointed Aaron Storms, Managing Director - Enthone Latin America. In this position, Storms' primary focus will be on developing Enthone's Central and South American businesses with a special emphasis on the Brazilian market. He also will be responsible for the management of Enthone's Mexico operations. Storm joins Enthone from Crompton Corp., where he held the dual role of General Manager of Mexico and HR Director for Latin America. \{SEE PHOTO: 09OTWstorms.jpg\}
  • Sokymat SA (www.sokymat.com) reorganized its customer services with three new Customer Service Centers. The centers are located in Granges, Switzerland; Walluf, Germany; and Ronneby, Sweden. They will provide customer support and services for the complete line of Sokymat RFID transponders.
  • The Board of Directors of Elcoteq Network Corp. (www.elcoteq.com) announced its plan to build a new plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. Construction of the plant, which will have an area of 14,700 m2 (158,000 ft.2), is slated to begin in the final quarter of this year. The plant should be in operation in the fall of 2005. When operating at capacity, the plant is expected to employ about 1500 people.
  • Taral Networks acquired Schlumberger Messaging Solutions (MSG), a U.K.-based supplier of messaging infrastructure. Taral Networks and Schlumberger Messaging Solutions will now be integrated into a single company that has been renamed airwide solutions (www.airwidesolutions.com). The company's headquarters will be in Reading, U.K. In conjunction with the transaction, Simon Everitt, General Manager of Schlumberger Messaging Solutions, has taken on the role of airwide CEO. Vinit Nijhawan, Taral Networks' CEO, has assumed the position of Executive Director. In addition, Ted Mocarski of Key Venture Partners, Will Wilcoxson of Axiom Venture Partners, and Everitt have joined airwide's Board of Directors.
  • SingNet (www.singnet.com), the ISP arm of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. ("SingTel"), has formed an alliance with 2Wire (www.2wire.com) to deliver home-networking services to broadband subscribers in Singapore. The ISP is packaging the 2Wire HomePortal 1800HW gateway product to subscribers of the SingNet BroadBand 512-kbps and 1500-kbps ADSL Unlimited Plans. The HomePortal residential gateway allows several household members to share a single broadband connection and network multiple devices, such as PCs, laptops, or gaming consoles. HomePortal gateway users can access the network from anywhere in the home or office.
  • Willtek Communications (www.willtek.com) is offering new calibration services based on its calibration laboratory, which was accredited to the ISO/IEC standard 17025 by Deutscher Kalibrierdienst (DKD). The lab supports the service and manufacturing sectors with precise RF measurements and equipment calibration through minimal measurement uncertainties. The accreditation ensures that measurements are documented and traced back to national measurement standards.
  • Gigatronix Ltd. introduced the Cabulator at www.gigatronix.com. The Cabulator is a web-based design program for producing RF coaxial cable assemblies. It enables users to configure and purchase over 200,000 permutations of RF coaxial cable assemblies online. The software includes 36 popular RF cables including Mil-Specification RG cables, broadcast cables, and the Times Microwave low-loss cables that are commonly used in GPS, GSM, and other wireless communication systems.
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