Wireless Systems Design

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TechnoConcepts, Inc. (www.technoconcepts.com) was issued Patent No. 6,748,025 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This patent, which covers 19 different claims, is for the conversion of RF signals directly into high-speed digital data streams. Those streams are then sorted and demodulated with digital signal processing. TechnoConcepts has developed a technology that enables competing wireless standards to understand each other. The key is to incorporate a transceiver—based on a computer chip with the company's True Software Radio technology—with the antennae of wireless devices.

EMS Wireless, a division of EMS Technologies, Inc. (www.ems-t.com), appointed Soren Pihlman as Vice President and Deputy General Manager of EMS Wireless. Pihlman most recently served as President and COO of Digital Transmission Systems, Inc., where he held full P&L, strategic, and operating responsibility. In his new position at EMS, Pihlman will lead the division's operations and engineering efforts. EMS Wireless also promoted Dave McKay, previously Vice President of Engineering, to the newly created role of Chief Technical Officer - Wireless. McKay will concentrate on future-oriented technology and the vision for EMS Wireless.

Airespace, Inc. (www.airespace.com) announced that the Airespace 4000 WLAN Switch and 4100 WLAN Appliance completed independent lab certification for the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 level 2 standard. The Airespace Wireless LAN (WLAN) system was the first intelligent, next-generation WLAN system to complete FIPS 140-2 level 2 certification.

According to the Multiband OFDM Alliance (www.multibandofdm.org), the WiMedia Alliance's official endorsement of its proposals makes MBOA technology the global cornerstone for wireless USB, wireless 1394, and wireless Internet Protocol (IP). The WiMedia Alliance (www.wimedia.org) will implement a certification and interoperability program for use by all upper-layer protocols. It will combine the MBOA's UWB radio specification with its convergence layer. The MBOA has made significant progress toward building industry support for its UWB specifications. Its membership now exceeds 120 companies.

REMEC, Inc. (www.remec.com) has reorganized its operational structure to ensure direct line of sight and accountability from product development through customer deliverables. The new organization is comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries: REMEC Wireless Systems, Inc. and REMEC Defense & Space, Inc. REMEC Defense & Space will remain unchanged. REMEC Wireless Systems, which was formerly the commercial division of REMEC, will change from a functionally based organization to a product-line-focused organization.

The ZigBee Alliance (www.zigbee.org) announced 27 new members, which brings its total membership to more than 70 companies. The new members include ADCUS, Inc.; Airbee Wireless; American Power Conversion; Atalum, SA; Brunelco Electronic Engineering BV; CCL/ITRI; Daintree Networks, Inc.; Frontline Test Equipment, Inc.; Galeha; Grundfos Management; Insta Elektro GmbH; Institute for Information Industry; Jennic Limited; Korwin; LG Electronics, Inc.; NEC Engineering Ltd.; OTSL, Inc.; Polaris Networks; Renesas Technology Corp.; Rincon Research Corp.; Sensicast Systems, Inc.; Siemens Building Automation; Silicon Wave, Inc.; ST Microelectronics; Telecom Italia; TUV Rheinland; and VIA Networking Technologies, Inc.

SanDisk Corp. (www.sandisk.com) appointed Judy Bruner as Executive Vice President of Administration and CFO. Bruner will be responsible for heading finance, investor relations, legal, human resources, business development, and IT functions. She has been a SanDisk Director and Chairman of the board's Audit Committee since 2002. Since 1999, Bruner served as Senior VP and CFO of Palm, Inc.

IPextreme (www.ip-extreme.com) will begin delivering proprietary IP titles based on a new methodology for developing and packaging IP products. IPextreme's IP development process is based on Extreme Programming—a deliberate and disciplined approach to design with a focus on creating the best-quality source code. This approach emphasizes simplicity and customer involvement in the design process. At the same time, it employs techniques like pair programming and continuous integration to eliminate bugs as early as possible in development. In a separate announcement, Infineon Technologies announced that it will join IPextreme's Nexus partner program.

MathStar (www.mathstar.com) raised $9.6 million, bringing its total financing to date to $52.3 million. The funding will be used to expand MathStar's sales and marketing efforts. It also will be used for application development and general working capital as the company introduces its field-programmable object arrays.

Mobile Satellite Ventures (www.msvlp.com) appointed Alexander H. Good as the company's new Vice Chairman and CEO. Good, a wireless and telecom veteran, will spearhead MSV's efforts to build and operate the company's next-generation business. That business will combine the best of satellite and terrestrial networks. Gary Parsons, formerly MSV's Chairman and CEO, will continue on as Chairman. In a separate announcement, the company revealed that it closed on additional optional funding rounds with its original investor group, which includes affiliates of Telcom Ventures and Columbia Capital. The group provided $21.3 million in new capital.

VelociTel, Inc. (www.velocitel.net) appointed Peter Lendrum as Chief Architect. Lendrum is the former CEO of Peter A. Lendrum Associates, Inc.—an architectural, engineering, and planning firm that he founded in 1968.

Blue Pearl Software, Inc. (www.bluepearlsoftware.com) was launched to automate the process of RTL Closure for integrated-circuit and electronic system design. Blue Pearl's software will enable functional design, timing, and design-for-test closure at the register transfer level. Its analysis and verification software identifies functional issues in RTL design. It also vows to reduce the number of design iterations that are required to meet timing and test requirements. To do so, it plans to resolve critical timing-path and DFT issues.

Airbee Wireless, Inc. (www.airbeewireless.com) filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is titled "A Power-Optimal Coding Scheme for Transmission and Reception of Asynchronous Wireless Data Stream Using a FIFO Driven Standard Serial Port." The concept has been proven in working models and in software products that were previously released for embedding in microprocessors.

AMI Semiconductor (www.amis.com) appointed John Kent to serve as the company's Vice President of Technology Research and Development. Kent joins AMIS from IBM, where he was the Manager of ASIC and Array Development for the microelectronics division. In his new position, Kent will be responsible for AMIS' global semiconductor technology roadmap, encompassing all divisions from structured digital products to mixed-signal design and manufacturing. Additionally, Kent will oversee the definition of AMI Semiconductor's advanced technology investment strategy for deep-submicron CMOS and high-voltage technologies for leading-edge manufacturing capabilities.

The Mobile Enterprise Alliance (www.mobileenterprise.org) is in the process of forming topic committees on Extended Enterprise, Mobile Office and Collaboration, and Managing Mobile Environments. The purpose of these committees is to address pressing industry topics that are of interest to the mobile enterprise. The goal is also to write white papers, identify and promote research, and provide topic-specific MEA speakers to industry events and conferences. Any member who wishes to contribute to these topics is welcome.

Airespace, Inc. (www.airespace.com) joined the WiMAX Forum (www.WiMAXforum.org). Airespace is the first next-generation wireless-LAN (WLAN) systems vendor to join the WiMAX Forum.

Fairchild Semiconductor announced a web-based "Offline Power Supply Toolkit." This toolkit promises to enable designers to dramatically reduce design cycle times while addressing specific application requirements. It features tutorials, selection tools, and design aids that specifically address AC/DC topologies. The Power Supply Toolkit can be found at www.fairchildsemi.com/designcenter.

The Eclipse Board of Directors named Mike Milinkovich Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org). Milinkovich's initial priorities will include the following tasks: building the membership of the Eclipse Foundation and expanding the ecosystem of users and contributors; ensuring a successful launch of the Eclipse 3.0 release; establishing a solid foundation for the new open WebTools project; and forming the Eclipse Management Organization and supervising the requirements, planning, and architecture councils. Previously, Milinkovich served as Vice President of OracleAS Technical Services at Oracle Corp.

FusionOne (www.FusionOne.com) appointed Tom Hunt as Vice President of Business Development and Sales Operations. Most recently, Hunt served as COO for Dallas-based JP Mobile. At FusionOne, he will be responsible for the development of strategic partnerships with device manufacturers and OEMs. He also will oversee the financial and legal operations of the company.

>A&D Medical (www.andmedical.com) received a 510(K) Premarket Notification Clearance from the FDA for the UA-767BT blood-pressure monitor. This monitor is integrated with an inexpensive, off-the-shelf Bluetooth product that was developed by Polymap Wireless (www.polymapwireless.com).

The Wi-Fi Alliance (www.wi-fi.org) elected Bill Carney of Texas Instruments (www.ti.com) as its new Chairman. Carney has served as Vice Chair of the organization since 2003. He succeeds the outgoing Chairman, Conexant's Dennis Eaton, who will continue to be involved as a board-member representative of Conexant. Currently, Carney is Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Texas Instruments' Wireless Networking Business Unit.

TransDimension (www.transdimension.com) joined the WiMedia Alliance (www.wimedia.org). This move is part of the company's plan to extend its USB wired-peripheral-interconnect strategy into wireless-peripheral-connectivity semiconductor and software solutions.

A deal has been reached to transfer control of StratEdge Corp. (www.stratedge.com) to a management group headed by Tim Going. In addition, the Taunton, Mass. operations have moved to the company's headquarters in San Diego, Calif. StratEdge will now be led by Tim Going, President and Chairman of the Board.

SMC Networks (www.smc.com) is offering its channel partners a new opportunity in the form of the SMC Elite Leasing program (www.smcleasing.com). This program lets customers reduce up-front costs by leasing networking hardware, software, installation, and even warranties. SMC's partner resellers can offer North American customers lease financing for any amount of equipment, software, or service from $5000 to $100,000.

Kineto Wireless (www.kinetowireless.com) closed its $35 million Series C financing. The total investment in the company is now more than $59 million. Oak Investment Partners led this round, which also included previous investors 3i, Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners, SeaPoint Ventures, Storm Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Venrock Associates. Kineto also announced a new member of its Board of Directors: Kurt Hellstrom. Hellstrom, who was President and CEO of Ericsson until his retirement last year, has more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

STSN (www.stsn.com) appointed Stephen Cobb to the new position of Chief Security Executive. Prior to joining STSN, Cobb co-founded ePrivacy Group. This group helped develop anti-spam technology that is now in use at numerous Internet service providers and Fortune 1000 companies. At STSN, Cobb will lead education and awareness programs that help companies understand the strategies that can protect sensitive corporate data and mitigate security risks for their mobile workforce. In addition, Cobb will assist hotel owners, management groups, and conference planners with managing data-theft risks and meeting the security needs of guests.

The Open Source Development Labs (www.osdl.org) announced a milestone: 22 major companies are now anticipating in and supporting the development of Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specifications.

Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. (www.wirelessvalley.com) joined the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). Through its involvement with the WiMAX Forum, Wireless Valley hopes to ensure the availability of powerful and proven deployment software for rapid and accurate network installation as well as real-time traffic provisioning and network management from a console down to the client.

Motia, Inc. (www.motia.com) closed its third round of funding totaling $12 million. Prism Venture Partners led the round, which also included an investment from the Intel Communications Fund. All previous investors also participated, including Axiom Venture Partners, Carrot Capital, and Kodiak Venture Partners.

Aeroflex, Inc. launched a new e-commerce store at www.aeroflexstore.com. The site features the company's new PXI 3000 Series, a PXI-based modular test suite for mobile-phone and general-purpose wireless test. The PXI 3000 Series is the first of many ATS product lines that the company plans to make available through the storefront. The site allows customers to buy the modules, options and, warranties online. In addition to providing top-level product information, the site links customers back to the company's main web site, where they can find data sheets, articles, and other product information.

VeriWave, Inc. (www.veriwave.com) hired Rob Johnson as Vice President of Sales (PHOTO TO COME FROM DEBRA SEIFERT). Johnson will work with the WLAN chipset and equipment manufacturers that need repeatable and reliable test methods to increase and validate system performance. Previously, Johnson was the Director of Major Accounts for Spirent Communications.

Konarka Technologies, Inc. (www.konarkatech.com) secured $18 million in its Series C round of financing. This financing was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and followed by Vanguard Ventures. It included numerous new investors as well. The Series C financing will be used for capital equipment, operational expenses, and strategic investments associated with scaling manufacturing to production levels. The company expects to deliver its first commercial products by December 2004.

Emulation and Verification Engineering, or EVE (www.eve-team.com), closed a second round of funding totaling $7.2 million. The new investment will be used to grow EVE's business through expansion of its research and development team. It also will help boost the company's worldwide sales and support structure. EVE may even be considering future acquisitions to accelerate its development. The new round was led by France's Auriga Partners.

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