Wireless Systems Design

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  • TeleCIS Wireless, Inc. (www.telecis.com) announced its intent to enter the WiMAX broadband-wireless arena by building upon its success in the WLAN chip sector. The company wants to provide cost-effective, multi-protocol system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that combine WLAN and WiMAX technologies on a single chip. David Sumi, who is Secretary of the WiMAX Forum and has a seat on the forum's Board of Directors, has joined TeleCIS as VP of Marketing. In addition, TeleCIS raised a second round of funding totaling $4 million, which was led by ATA Ventures. That round brought the company's total venture funds raised to $8.7 million. With the funding, ATA Ventures Managing Directors Hatch Graham and Michio Fujimura joined the TeleCIS Wireless Board of Directors. TeleCIS also appointed Tom Williams as interim CEO. Williams will focus on providing leadership to the company while a formal search is conducted for a permanent CEO.
  • Bluesocket, Inc. (www.bluesocket.com) named Jim Finucane as its VP of Engineering. Finucane has over 20 years of experience delivering highly scalable carrier-grade products and services to the high-tech industry. Before joining Bluesocket, he was VP of Engineering at WAY Systems.
  • California Eastern Laboratories (www.cel.com) promoted Paul Minton to the position of President. Minton has had a long relationship with CEL, serving most recently as the company's Executive Vice President. He has held a seat on CEL's Board of Directors for four years. Minton takes over the position from Jerry Arden, who has served as CEL's President for the last 16 years. Arden will remain the company's CEO and Chairman of the Board.
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (www.cadence.com) collaborated with IBM (www.ibm.com) to launch Power.org. The goal of this open-standards community is to help IC designers develop systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) using the IBM PowerPC Architecture.
  • Cookson Electronics (www.cooksonelectronics.com) named Huub van Dun President of Enthone, Inc. In his new position, van Dun will have profit and loss responsibility for the entire worldwide Enthone business. He also will be responsible for driving market penetration for all Enthone product groups while focusing on research and development of new products and processes. Prior to this promotion, van Dun served as Vice President of Enthone Europe.
  • KeyLabs (www.keylabs.com) added a new RF lab to its Lindon, Utah, Competency Center for testing wireless technologies. The RF Lab promises to fully isolate the test environment in order to provide clients with the most accurate results possible. The new equipment includes a fully enclosed section, which effectively "blocks out" external RF noise that might interfere with a product's ability to function.
  • The Board of Directors of Centrality Communications, Inc. (www.centralitycomm.com) appointed Rob Baxter as its President and CEO. Baxter moves to Centrality from Xan3D Technologies (formerly Xanoptix), where he was a Chief Executive.
  • Agere Systems (www.agere.com) announced that Dr. Hans-Joachim Dittloff has been named VP of Engineering for its Mobility division. In this newly created position, Dittloff will lead Agere's core development activities for GPRS, EDGE, 3G/UMTS, and converged Wi-Fi chips and software. He also will head up the product-engineering and test initiatives as well as Agere's program management efforts within the Mobility division. Dittloff joins Agere from Infineon Technologies, where he was the COO of the Secure Mobile Solutions Group.
  • Konarka Technologies, Inc. (www.konarka.com) welcomed Dr. Charles Gay and Dr. Thomas Grandke as company advisors. Gay is Chairman of the Advisory Board at SunPower and Co-Founder and Director of Greenstar. Grandke joins Konarka's Scientific Advisory Council as a result of the company's acquisition of Siemens' organic-photovoltaic-research activities. Currently, Grandke is the head of Siemens Corporate Technology's Materials and Microsystems division.
  • Finland-based UPM Rafsec (www.rafsec.com) opened a U.S. RFID sales and technical support center in Chicago, Ill. The support center will serve the North American market including Canada and Mexico.
  • Chantry Networks (www.chantrynetworks.com) has agreed to be acquired by Siemens (www.siemens.com). With this agreement, Siemens is expanding its expertise within the HiPath portfolio to the rapidly growing WLAN market. Chantry Networks specializes in WLAN technology that offers solutions for the wireless convergence of voice and data transmission. The transaction is expected to close in early 2005.
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