Wireless Systems Design


Atsana Semiconductor Corp. (www.atsana.com) raised $10 million in equity financing. The new round includes investments from Siemens Mobile Acceleration (Munich), GrowthWorks WV Funds (Toronto), Covington Capital Corp. (Toronto), Greenstone Venture Partners (Vancouver), and a number of the company's original investors. Atsana will use the investment to expand marketing, sales, and business-development activities. It also will enhance its product offering with advanced solutions for the wireless multimedia market.

Lao Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (www.laotel.com) selected Alcatel (www.alcatel.com) to provide intelligent network solutions in Laos' fast-growing mobile-communications market. The contract was jointly won in open tender through Alcatel in Thailand and Alcatel Shanghai Bell, the company's flagship Chinese company. Under the contract, Alcatel will supply LTC with turnkey intelligent network solutions built on the Alcatel Open Services Platform (OSP) to cover the entire country of Laos. In addition, Alcatel will implement its real-time payment solutions in LTC's network.

John Patrick joined Opera Software's (www.opera.com) Board of Directors. Patrick is President of Attitude LLC. Previously, he was Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM. During his 35-year tenure at IBM, Patrick contributed to the foundation of IBM's leasing business at IBM Credit Corp. and was Senior Marketing Executive for the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand. Patrick was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT and is now the Chairman of the Global Internet Project. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Internet Society, the Association for Computer Machinery, and the Working Group on Authentication at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Interpeak AB (www.interpeak.com) boosted its U.S. presence with three new hires. Michael W. Klemens, a former Region Director at Wind River Systems and Integrated Systems, joined as Vice President, North America Business Development and Channel Sales. Klemens will be responsible for expanding North American business through a partner-channel sales strategy. Additionally, John Lawitzke joined as Senior Field Application Engineer for North America. Lawitzke brings over 17 years of sales and development engineering experience in networking, security, and embedded systems. Before joining Interpeak, Lawitzke spent several years as a Senior Field Engineer Specialist for Networking at Wind River Systems. Lastly, Doug Roberts came on as Business Development Manager for North America. Roberts also worked for Wind River. He has acquired companies for over a dozen years—initially as an FAE and later as a networking specialist.

Insignia Solutions (www.insignia.com) signed its first customers in the Chinese market. The company is partnering with Accord Customer Care Solutions (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Accord Customer Care Solutions Ltd. (www.accordccs.com). ACCS will sell and host Insignia Secure System Provisioning (SSP) On Demand to mobile-phone manufacturers across Asia. SSP On Demand enables manufacturers to deploy new capabilities and carry out over-the-air repair of mobile devices.

An agreement has been forged to establish the Nanotechnology Integrated Circuit Design Lab. Magma Design Automation, Inc. (www.magma-da.com) and the electronic-design-automation (EDA) center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will jointly create it. According to the agreement, the lab will develop and provide IC design solutions for nanometer technologies. The solutions will be based on Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII flow. Magma and CAS also will team to promote advanced nanotechnology IC-design capabilities. They plan to create an education program for CAS' graduate students while exploring nanotechnology design projects with domestic and international organizations.

Megasoft (www.megasoft.com) merged with XIUS (www.xius.org). The combined firms also announced a new management team. Sharing Co-Chairman positions will be Ravi Reddy, current Chairman of Megasoft, and JanEirk Boers, Chairman of XIUS. G.V. Kumar, current CEO of XIUS, will assume the role of CEO of the new combined company. The merger is subject to final regulatory approvals.

Synopsys, Inc. (www.synopsys.com) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (www.tsmc.com) announced that TSMC's libraries will now be distributed through Synopsys' DesignWare Library. Those libraries were created by TSMC and optimized for the company's 0.15-µm, 0.13-µm, and 90-nm Nexsys Technology for SoC foundry processes. Synopsys also will offer TSMC's memory libraries for an additional fee.

A number of big-name semiconductor companies—with the help of millions of Euros from the European Union—launched a collaborative research effort based on a popular "chip-making language." Their goal is to improve the productivity of the design methodology that is used to make microchips. The result of this research effort—to be known as Prosyd—will give engineers across Europe access to PSL-based tools and methodologies. Such tools and methodologies will better enable them to create higher-quality electronic systems with faster time to market. The Prosyd methodology will holistically guide engineers by integrating processes and tools throughout the development process—from specification through design and implementation to verification. The vehicle for achieving this goal will be the PSL specification language. PSL, based on the Sugar language from IBM, offers a concise and intuitive means for expressing and sharing design intent.

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