Fresh Starts

April 6, 2012

AWR Corp.—Has been issued US Patent No. 8,131,521 for a “block-specific harmonic balance analysis system.” The invention, MRHB, addresses circuit simulation using multi-rate harmonic balancing.

Raytheon Co.—MathAlive!, the company’s interactive exhibition promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, has opened at the Smithsonian International Gallery in Washington, DC. Following its three-month debut, MathAlive! will embark on a 15-city, multiyear tour to science centers and museums worldwide.

Meru Networks—In conjunction with its local distributor, Wavelink, the company has announced expansion plans in the Australian region. A dedicated Meru technical sales team will target the education, healthcare, enterprise, government, and hospitality markets, among others.

Masimo—Has acquired substantially all of the assets of Spire Semiconductor. Masimo Semiconductor, a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary, will operate the business going forward.

Vaunix—Has hired a new sales representative to handle the company’s customer relationships in India. Premier Measurement Solutions is based out of Bangalore.

ZMDI—Has expanded its presence in the US market. The company has opened three new sales offices and engineering application laboratories located in Milpitas, CA; Phoenix, AZ; and Boston, MA.

SIPCO—Has reached a minority ownership agreement with GE and MPEG LA. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Texas Instruments—Has opened TI Silicon Valley Labs, a research center located in Santa Clara, CA. The facility has been chartered to conduct R&D initiatives in analog and mixed signal circuits and technologies.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC)—Has founded an integrated-circuit (IC) research program in conjunction with Brite Semiconductor and Zhejiang University. As part of the agreement, SMIC and Brite will provide Zhejiang University graduate students with hands-on training and internship opportunities, while the university will provide a continuing education program for both companies’ employees.

Cogo—Founder, CEO, and Chairman Jeffrey Kang has proposed acquiring approximately 30% of the company’s assets, liabilities, and revenue. The total purchase price of the transaction—which would take place through Kang’s personal investment venture, Envision Global Group—is expected to be between $60 million and $82 million.

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