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Embedded Systems November 2000 Vol13_12

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News Vectors Red Hat and NetSilicon Partner Red Hat, an open source Internet infrastructure provider, and networking microprocesser company NetSilicon, have announced a partnership in which the companies will deliver open source products for manufacturers of Ethernet- and Internet-attached devices. Under the terms of the agreement. Red Hat will provide engineering services to NetSilicon, as well as ongoing support to NetSilicon customers. The first product coming out of the agreement is NET +Lx, a development platform for Internet appliances running iJCiinux, which was ported to NetSilicon's NET +ARM processor. iJCiinux is a version of Linux that runs on processors with no memory man- agement unit. It opens the door to porting POSIX-compliant applications to Net+Lx software and Net+ARM hardware. Elmic Systems acquires Treck Treck, Inc. (Cincinnatti, OH) has been acquired by Elmic Systems (Yokohama, Japan), a builder of tools for implementing real-time processing in embedded systems. With the merger, Elmic gains a manufacturer of TCP/IP technology and Treck will be able to take advantage of Elmic Systems' resources. While Treck will continue to develop its current markets and focus on wireless applications, Elmic Systems intends to expand Treck's resources, markets, and product offerings. The new entity will be an Elmic Systems Company with offices in San Jose and Cincinnati. Networking equipment market expands A recent study by Cahner's In-Stat Group reported that the worldwide market for network- ing equipment grew to $11.8 billion in the second quarter of 2000, representing an increase of 8% from the previous quarter. The report also predicted that the network equipment mar- ket would experience robust growth in 2000, with a year-end revenue total expected to reach almost $50 billion. The market's growth was driven primarily by WAN equipment, such as digital modems, access concentrators, and routers. DSL and cable modem revenues com- bined increased 30% with additional growth expected as obstacles to deployment are over- come. The North American market, the report went on, was responsible for 54% percent of the network hardware sales in the second quarter of 2000. Asia showed the most rapid growth in this area, increasing its revenue share two points to 15%. Briefly Noted (cont'd) ... Synopsys' IP Catalyst alliance program, in which intellectual property companies evalu- ate the reusability of their soft IP cores using the Open Measure of Re use Excellence as- sessment program.* Zucotto Wireless has opened its European Reasearch and Deve lopment Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. * Tundra Seminconductor Corp. closed an agreement to acquire Quadic Systems. * Phar Lap Software has been ac- quired by VenturCom, Inc. * inSilicon has licensed th e ARM MicroPack and PrimeCell Peripherals. inSilicon wi ll offer the peripher- als in combin atio n with its communications technology intellectual property. * Analog Devices has joined the OpenDSL imitiative. The OpenDSL initiative promotes standard- ization in the DSL industry. * STMicroelectronics is working with Nera to develop chipsets and related software for the emerging interactive digital communica- tions market. * Cogency Semiconductor, a provider of home-networking semiconduc- tors, announced that is has raised ยท20 million in second-round venture capital fin ancing. * M-Systems announced that its DiskOnChip will be used in the MSN Companion, a mobile Web-surfing device from Microsoft. * Altera 's APEX PLDs have been selected for use in Cisco Systems' ADSL WAN interface card for 1700, 2600, and 3600 series routers. * NewMonics has joined PointBase's QuickPoint partners program for indepen- dent software vendors. Both companies offer platforms for developing embedded j ava ap- plica tions.* The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has placed ve rsion 1.1 of Extended Systems' XTNDAccess BlueSDK on the Bluetootl1 qualified products list. * Xilinx is initiating a plan to provide high-band- width interconnect technologies for its FPGAs. The company predicts that it will break the lOGB/s bandwidth barrier within the next yea.: * The Mentor Graphics VRTX RTOS now supports the LinkUp L 7200 system develop- me nt board.* Cleanscape Software International and ITCN intend to establish an alliance of companies providing products that address th e modernization efforts of Depar1J11ent of Defense contractors. * CAE Plus is now Cynergy System Design. 14 NOVEMBER 2000 Embedded Systems Programming

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