The South African subsidiary of Celtron International, Inc., Orbtech Holdings Ltd. (www.orbtech.co.za), acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of CreditPipe (www.creditpipe.com). Aside from all IP and business operations, this acquisition includes technology that turns cell phones into a point-of-sale device. The device can then accept credit-card and check transactions.
India's National Program for Smart Materials (NPSM) has selected the CoventorWare suite of software products for its MEMS Initiative Program. The NPSM comprises a consortium of labs, such as the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). NPSM will install CoventorWare MEMS design software at its IIT locations in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, and Kharagapur. The software should assist these institutions in developing MEMS design centers for post-graduate and other research. The NPSM states that the software selection and the establishment of the MEMS design centers is to meet India's future government requirements in the aerospace and defense industries. It also will promote the technology in commercial sectors, such as automobile, chemical, processing, and medicine.
The Beijing, China facility of RF Micro Devices, Inc. (www.rfmd.com) has received ISO 14001:1996 certification for environmental management systems by the TUV Management Service body. Certification was granted upon independent verification of the Beijing facility's compliance with the standard.
Enthone, Inc.—a Cookson Electronics Company (www.cooksonelectronics.com)—appointed Raymond Fong Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific region. Fong will be responsible for driving revenue growth in the Asian market. He'll work with Enthone's global staff to develop new products and operational capabilities. Prior to joining Enthone, Fong served as the Asia-Pacific General Manager for Avery Dennison Ltd.
To intensify and accelerate technology innovation between The Netherlands and the United States, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in The Netherlands announced the formation of High Tech Connections (www.hightechconnections.org). The HTC initiative is dedicated to promoting technological exchanges and pioneering new business-matchmaking opportunities between American and Dutch companies, institutions, and universities. The initiative's joint organizers and charter members include 10 leading U.S. and Dutch high-technology companies: ASML, Cap Gemini, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NIB Capital Private Equity, Oracle, and Philips.
Alcatel (www.alcatel.com) and OMMIC (www.ommic.com) are collaborating on the transfer of Alcatel's Indium-Phosphide (InP) heterojunction-bipolar-transistor (HBT) technology to OMMIC's Industrial Clean Rooms at its center in Limeil-Brévannes, France. This transfer will complete OMMIC's commercial portfolio of III-V technologies. It will give Alcatel's system designers a qualified source to develop 40-Gbps transmission systems for core networks.
Ericsson Technology Licensing (www.ericsson.com/bluetooth) launched a program for Bluetooth interoperability testing. Its purpose is to verify products solely from a user point of view. The Ericsson Bluetooth Interoperability Program focuses on which functionality is supported by different Bluetooth products when they're communicating. It also checks which user scenarios they can handle. The company's independent Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF) will perform the testing.
A joint Platform Development Lab is going to be established by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (www.amd.com) and Founder Group (www.founder.com) in Beijing, China. The lab will focus on the integration and development of products that are targeted at information appliances beyond the PC market. Initially, it will concentrate on home digital-media centers. The lab plans to develop solutions based on what consumers value in their computing experience involving relevance, accessibility, and usability. Founder will provide supporting infrastructure, technical expertise, engineering staff, and more. AMD will provide technology and resources including development tools, products, dedicated engineering support, and reference design kits.
Beach Solutions (www.beachsolutions.com) appointed Duncan Nightingale as its European Strategic Accounts Manager. Nightingale will further develop relationships with the company's accounts while directing its business in Europe. His primary responsibility will be supporting customers in their deployment and implementation of the EASI-Tools product suite and schema-related technology. Prior to joining Beach, Nightingale worked for companies including Verisity, Avanti, Analogy, Vantage, and LSI Logic.
GRIC Communications, Inc. (www.gric.com) and SingTel Mobile—a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (www.singtel.com)—are teaming up to provide SingTel Mobile's customers with Wi-Fi service. Powered by GRIC, SingTel Mobile's Overseas Wireless Surf service enables customers to get high-speed data and voice services with one account and one invoice. To use GRIC's Wi-Fi service when they travel outside of Singapore, SingTel Mobile customers just need to use their GPRS user ID and password.