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Nanotechnology KTN appoints director

Dr Alec Reader has been appointed director of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NKTN). He will be supported by three theme managers – Keith Robson, James Johnstone and Martin Kemp.

CBI survey shows skills worries

An audit of the nation’s skills published by the CBI claims more than half of the employers responding to its survey lack confidence in their ability to find enough people with the right skills.

NXP, ST form wireless joint venture

NXP and STMicroelectronics have announced the combination of what they call their ‘key wireless operations’ in a joint venture targeting the major handset manufacturers. According to both companies, the move will allow them to better meet customer needs in all future wireless technologies.

Intelligent building alliance

A group of European and North American companies have formed the EnOcean Alliance, with the mission to enable intelligent green buildings based on EnOcean energy harvesting wireless technology.

Maxim and Intel collaborating on MIDs

Maxim Integrated Products is to collaborate with Intel on the development of integrated power management and multimedia solutions for Intel based Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Maxim will provide mixed signal ics that enable longer battery life and improve multimedia experience.

Numonyx launches officially

Numonyx – the memory joint venture between Intel and STMicroelectronics – has now launched officially, following a longer than expected gestation period.

Motorola to split in two

Motorola is set to split itself into two independent, publicly traded companies next year. The move will create two entities: Mobile Devices; and Broadband & Mobility Solutions.

Synopsys swallows Synplicity

In a deal valued at more than $225million, Synopsys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Synplicity. The latter offers a range of fpga and ic design and verification products targeted at a range of electronics markets.

Distance learning

The Institute for System Level Integration has developed a new distance learning course on CMOS Analogue Circuit Design.

Funding keeps Liquavista on track

Fabless display company Liquavista has raised €8million in Series B funding, with existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, GIMV and New Venture Partners all participating.

White Paper outlines the road to an Innovation Nation

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has published a White Paper which outlines its plans to make the UK ‘the best place in the world to run an innovative business’. The White Paper – called Innovation Nation – argues that innovation is essential to the UK’s future prosperity and its ability to tackle major challenges like climate change.

Cadence acquires Chip Estimate

In a move designed to improve decision making in the early stages of chip design, Cadence has acquired Chip Estimate. The latter’s products enable design teams to predict the die size, yield, power consumption, performance and cost of chips based on almost any architecture and process node.

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