Elsevier recently published seven new titles in the area of Electrical Engineering and Communications. The titles of the books are Optical Fiber Telecommunications Volume VIA, Optical Fiber Telecommunications Volume VIB, Electromagnetic Surface Waves: A Modern Perspective, Op Amps for Everyone, Intelligent Systems for Security Informatics, Advances in Analog and RF IC Design for Wireless Communication Systems, and System Parameter Identification: Information Criteria and Algorithms.
Greenvity Communications launched their Hybrii system-on-chip family. The hybrid SoC integrates powerline communication (PLC) and wireless capabilities on a single chip. Hybrii devices currently include the Hybrii-XL chip for smart grid, smart energy management, industrial and consumer applications, and the Hybrii-PLC device for rugged, high temperature conditions. Samples and evaluation kits of the Hybrii-XL (GV7011) and Hybrii-PLC (GV7012) are available now.
GreenPeak Technologies introduced their GP510 communication controller chip. The GP510 supports all communication between ZigBee RF4CE enabled devices and the set-top box or gateway. The system-on-chip is optimized for low cost BOM while offering excellent range and reliability. The GreenPeak GP510 communication controller chip is ideal for set-top boxes that serves as the ZigBee RF4CE hub for the home.
Imec introduced a digital front-end component for low-cost and low-power spectrum sensing. The reconfigurable radio solution offers increased flexibility and reliability for next-generation wireless devices. Imec’s cognitive reconfigurable radio solutions enable multi-mode communication and spectrum sensing. The development is ideal for such next-generation flexible radios.
Mercury Computer Systems acquired LNX Corporation for an all-cash purchase price of $31.0 million. There is also an earn-out of up to $5.0 million payable upon the achievement of financial targets in calendar years 2011 and 2012. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand. It is expected to be neutral to modestly accretive within the first year. LNX designs and builds next generation RF receivers for Signals Intelligence, Communications Intelligence as well as Electronic Attack applications.
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, announced it has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. (“DS2″), a supplier of high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications. Powerline technology converts any existing electrical power wiring into an intelligent, high-speed networking medium, enabling consumers to quickly and affordably create a “connected home” that can stream virtually any personal or subscription-based digital content to and from any room at high speeds. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY), a leading provider of differentiated high-density memory and high-speed interface (I/O) intellectual property (IP), announced the launch of the GigaChip[tm] Alliance, an ecosystem of semiconductor device suppliers in support of the GigaChip[tm] Interface. The founding alliance participants are: MoSys, Altera Corporation and NetLogic Microsystems. The GigaChip Interface is a board-level, open, CEI-11 compatible interface developed to enable highly efficient serial chip-to-chip communications in next generation high-performance networking, computing and storage systems. In February 2010, MoSys announced the GigaChip Interface as a key element of the new Bandwidth Engine family of ICs. Through the GigaChip Alliance, participating companies will collaborate on expanding the GigaChip Interface for high-speed serial chip-to-chip applications and developing industry-wide open interoperability standards and tools to accelerate the adoption of serial chip-to-chip based system designs.
MoSys, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOSY), a leading provider of differentiated, high-density memory and high-speed interface (I/O) intellectual property (IP), announced that it has acquired MagnaLynx Inc. a developer of high-speed, low-power serial chip-to-chip communications technology. The total purchase price is expected to be approximately $5.0 million, including a milestone-based earn-out payment in 2011.
JDSU announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Network Solutions communications test business of Agilent, including the unit’s innovative Long Term Evolution (LTE), or 4G, network verification and deployment products, for $165 million in cash. The parties expect to close the transaction, which is subject to receipt of customary regulatory approvals, in the June calendar quarter 2010.
At the 2010 International CES, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance celebrated the publication of the IEEE 1901 Draft Standard for powerline communications (PLC), a major milestone for the industry. The standard covers both Medium Access Control and Physical Layer and is targeted to all major applications for PLC devices, including in-home networks for data, audio and video distribution, Smart Energy and Smart Grid, plug-in electrical vehicles and audio/video distribution.