National Semiconductor Corp. announced its Amplifiers Made Simple tool. The tool lets users select from standard topologies and enter system requirements. It then searches among National's products to recommend the most appropriate op amps for the solution. Finally, it creates a customized circuit. The Amplifiers Made Simple tool is available free of charge at www.national.com.
Staccato Communications announced that it is expanding its involvement in other standards bodies to ensure that the company's Ultra Wideband (UWB) integrated circuits meet existing and future market requirements. In addition to standards activities in the IEEE and the MultiBand OFDM Alliance (MBOA), Staccato has joined the 1394 Trade Association (www.1394ta.org) and the WiMedia Alliance (www.wimedia.org).
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (www.cypress.com) satisfied all conditions to close its agreement to acquire Cascade Semiconductor Corp. (www.cascadesemi.com). Cascade specializes in one-transistor (1T) Pseudo-SRAM (PSRAM) products for wireless applications including cell phones.
Coventor, Inc. (www.coventor.com) announced the appointment of its CEO and founder, Mike Jamiolkowski, to the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group or MIG (www.memsindustrygroup.org). That Governing Council consists of 13 positions, which are currently filled by prominent executives from companies like Honeywell, Intel, Samsung, and Texas Instruments. The membership-based MIG provides industry reports and statistics, news, event information, and other MEMS-related resources for the MEMS industry. MIG states that its mission is to try and understand and eliminate the barriers that are preventing the greater commercial use of MEMS technology.
PCTEL, Inc. (www.pctel.com) completed the acquisition of MAXRAD, Inc. (www.maxrad.com). PCTEL acquired all of the shares of MAXRAD, a privately held company, for $20 million. MAXRAD generated approximately $18 million in 2003 revenues.
Roving Planet (www.rovingplanet.com) secured $9.5 million in its first institutional round of financing. Appian Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) led the round.
Silicon Wave's (www.siliconwave.com) Senior Director of Advanced Products, Terry Bourk, was selected to serve as Chairman of the Bluetooth Architectural Review Board (BARB). As Chairman, Bourk will lead the committee that—in collaboration with the forthcoming Roadmap Committee—determines the future direction of Bluetooth technology.
The Wireless Information Network Laboratory (www.winlab.rutgers.edu) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, won a $5.45 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant was awarded for the construction and operation of a facility for researchers around the nation to test the next generation of wireless and mobile networks. This wireless-networking testbed will include both a large-scale "radio-grid-emulator" laboratory and a "field-trial" system in and around the Rutgers campus and nearby New Jersey communities. The project is called the Open Access Research Testbed for Next-Generation Wireless Networks or "ORBIT." Rutgers is managing the project in collaboration with Columbia University, Princeton University, Lucent Bell Labs, IBM Research, and Thomson, Inc.
Dilithium Networks (www.dilithiumnetworks.com) joined the Symbian Platinum Partner Program. By offering a highly integrated solution comprising Dilithium Networks' H.324M/3G-324M protocol stack on the Symbian operating system, the company plans to enable the rapid prototyping and production of 3G video-enabled phones.
Infowave Software, Inc. (www.infowave.com) entered into an agreement to acquire Telispark, Inc. (www.telispark.com). Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Infowave will pay a total of $8.4 million for the purchase of 100% of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Telispark.
QuickLogic Corp. launched a new web site at www.quicklogic.com. The site features a variety of functional changes for ease of use. Some of those changes include the restructuring of navigation, new customized menus, and at-a-glance investor-relations information. Product and application portal pages have also been added to the site.
Tropos Networks, Inc. (www.tropos.com) appointed networking-industry veteran Ron Sege as the company's President and CEO. Sege, most recently the CEO of Ellacoya Networks, brings 20 years of experience managing high-growth businesses in the networking market.