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The first generation FVD platform is based on a reference design using the EM8620L along with a suite of disc navigation, decryption, and user interface software. FVD platform de- sign for second generation players will get a head start in January as Sigma rolls out its new media pro- cessor with added support for WMV9 at 1080p resolution along with other enhancements.
Companies planning to support the FVD format include optical-disc makers CMC Magnetics, Ritek and U-Tech Media and optical-disc-drive makers Lite-On IT, BenQ, Quanta Storage and Mustek Systems. Ken Lowe, VP of strategic marketing. www. sigmadesigns.com
Silicon Labs has entered the short- range ZigBee wireless market based on its 8-bit microcontrollers. The company offers a family of 802.15.4 and ZigBee development kits. Sili- con Labs partnered with Helicomm to provide a complete hardware and software solution. Derrell Coker,VP. www.silabs.com
Staccato has demonstrated the first version of its single-chip design for all major components of the RF and baseband specified by the newly completed MBOA PHY specifica- tion. This single-chip design is the latest in a series of all-CMOS test chips built by Staccato over the past 18 months, but is the first to include all major components specified by the newly finalized MBOA specifi- cation.
The chips have demonstrated the abil- ity to transmit at the highest specified data rate of up to 480 Mbps. Single- chip PHY samples are anticipated in in early 2005.A complete single-chip wireless USB chip integrating the
MAC and wireless USB functional- ity is scheduled for late 2005. Rober- to Aiello, president and CEO. www.staccatocommunications.com
Summit Microelectronics has intro- duced the SMB120 nine-channel programmable DC-DC converter, the first in a family of devices optimized for portable consumer products, set- ting a new direction for the compa- ny. Using the SMB120, designers can digitally program the entire multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks of a mouse compared to the tedious iterative hardware design of conventional analog power solu- tions.
The device has the ability to inde- pendently sequence on/off each out- put with precisely controlled timing and slew rate and program or arbi- trarily adjust “on-the-fly” (margin- ing) output voltages with +/-0.5% accuracy. Additionally, complete power system diagnostics and mon- itoring is provided via the digital in- terface. $5.95 @ 1Ku. Chuck Berghoff, president and CEO. www.summitmicro.com
Wavesat has shipped its DM256 WiMAX chip. Many of the 30 cus- tomers who bought development kits in 2004 have already ordered chips and are the first to receive them in December 2004. Wavesat is planning general availability in early January 2005. The DM256 is Wavesat’s 6th generation of OFDM products and is claimed to be the first to comply with the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Michel Guay, president and CEO. www. wavesat.com ■
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Licensing & Partnerships
AmberWave has licensed its strained silicon IP to Applied Ma- terials forApplied’s use on its bench- mark Applied Centura RP Epi system. Using this system, Applied Materials has already sampled 300mm strained silicon epi wafers. Devices fabricated with Amber- Wave’s strained silicon technology have demonstrated up to 17% in- crease in speed and 34% reduction in power consumption compared to transistors fabricated with tradition- al silicon. Dr. Randhir Thakur, VP & GM,Applied Materials’Front End Products group; Richard Faubert, president and CEO of AmberWave. w w w. ap p l i e d m a t e r i a l s . c o m , www.amberwave.com
OrganicID, a developer of low-cost, printable RFID tags, and Interna- tional Paper have formed a strate- gic partnership to develop organic printable RFID tags. OrganicID promises to bring the approximate cost per tag down $0.01. The com- pany has received a “sizeable” seed investment from ITUVentures. Klaus Dimmler, co-founder, president and CEO. www.OrganicID.com
Plastic Logic and E Ink have formed a non-exclusive agreement to co-op- erate on the design and fabrication of flexible all-plastic electronic dis- plays. E Ink, a developer of electronic paper display technology, and Plas- tic Logic, a developer of printed flex- ible thin film transistor (TFT) arrays, are to combine their technologies to produce high-resolution active-ma- trix displays. The combination of imaging film from E Ink and back- planes fabricated using Plastic Log- ic’s process will enable:
High resolution: 100dpi in 2005 (up to 150dpi in 2006)
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