CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of card industry movers and shakers today features Steven Laub, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atmel. The Company specializes in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.
Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, revealed at the Silicon Valley Design West/Embedded Systems Conference, a new low energy F-RAM memory that expands the company’s capability to improve energy efficiency, access speed, and security in its customers’ products. Ramtron also…
Laurent Sanchez has been named VP, applications and ecosystems with INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions. Bringing with him a background in chip technologies, electronic payment, and mobile software brings valuable industry relationships to INSIDE’s growing ecosystem of mobile, NFC, and payment partners, Sanchez will open NFC technologies, establish relationships and launch strategic initiatives with key industry partners in the payment and mobile ecosystems, as well as lead business development activities for INSIDE’s applications and services. He most recently directed strategic initiatives, partnerships, and application ecosystems for Audience, a pioneer in intelligent voice processing technology, developing application business and creating a community of third-party developers. Sanchez holds a master of business administration degree from the Graduate School of Management in Aix en Provence, and a master’s degree in electronics and computer science from INSA.
RDA Microelectronics fabless semiconductor company has introduced its single-pole, nine-throw antenna switch with an integrated logic decoder, low pass filters in a single die solution (SP9T) using IBM’s Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) process. The SOI-based process offers superior performance and significant cost reduction compared to GaAS alternatives. The RDASW91 is a single-pole, nine-throw SP9T antenna switch packaged in a compact 2.5×2.5 millimeter, 16-pin land grid array (LGA). This low-cost switch has six GSM channel ports and three UMTS channel ports suitable for use in the fast growing multiband 3G handset.
MoMagic Technologies partnered with MediaTek fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. With the synergies of both companies, this business cooperation aims to boost the Mobile VAS market, which is projected to see over 100% growth in next 3 years. In 2011 MoMagic was incorporated with a vision to cater to the escalating demands of Mobile VAS for users across all segments with special emphasis on entry and mid-level segment. MoMagic has plans to offer innovative solutions using different mobile connectivity mediums of SMS, USSD, Voice, WAP, 3G & Mobile Applications. MediaTek is a market pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, DVD and Blu-ray products.
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) released July statistics from its Global Semiconductor Funding, IPO and M&A update. In July, four semiconductor companies raised $81.6 million, down 46.8 percent from the $153.5 million raised in June 2011. However, the dollar amount total increased 92.9 percent from the $42.3 million raised in July 2010. The number of deals closed decreased by eight MoM and by three YoY. Meanwhile, fabless companies were the only semiconductor companies funded and two semiconductor companies filed for an initial public offering. The number of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions (M&As) announced increased by three MoM and one YoY.
Reid D. Holmes has been named vice president of business development, payment, for INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions in the Americas. Holmes’ extensive experience in a wide range of payment and mobile technologies combined with his deep familiarity of the payment industry ecosystem, make him ideally suited for bringing INSIDE solutions to major North American accounts. He will focus on building strategic relationships with major customers in the payment and transit market, as well as helping to define go-to-market strategies for those segments. Holmes joins INSIDE from Giesecke & Devrient, where he served as senior sales manager for emerging payment and transportation sales and also headed an independent consultancy, providing business development and support for electronic funds and benefits transfer services.
Monolithic Power Systems fabless semiconductors has selected and will be implementing Adexa Supply Chain Planning solutions’ planning and demand planning solutions. With this, Monolithic Power Systems expects to further improve visibility, accuracy, and performance optimization in its supply chain, while enhancing collaboration across multiple business units. CA-based Monolithic Power Systems analog semiconductor company specializes in deep system-level and applications knowledge, strong analog design expertise, and an innovative proprietary process technology.
Dialog Semiconductor has acquired SiTel Semiconductor short-range wireless, digital cordless and VoIP technology for something to the tune of $84.5 million. This will add short-range wireless connectivity and VoIP to Dialog’s existing technology portfolio; major global customers in the portable device market; and expands Dialog’s addressable market targeting high growth wireless personal portable devices to over 100 million. SiTel’s industry-leading products are found in a broad range of personal portable applications including digital cordless phones, professional wireless headsets, gaming and portable medical devices. SiTel’s VoIP technology is increasingly used by leading manufacturers of enterprise and residential VoIP connectivity products.
INSIDE Contactless announced it has changed its name to INSIDE Secure to reflect the companyâs newly enhanced product portfolio and market focus after the acquisition of Atmel Corporationâs Secure Microcontroller Solutions business. The new name represents INSIDEâs mission to be the leading provider of semiconductors for secure transactions and digital identity, and its position as the only company 100 percent focused on secure semiconductors.
âINSIDE Secure is very well positioned to sustain future growth by combining contactless and security expertise, products and innovation to drive trust into the next wave of smart card, mobile and Internet device applications, services and infrastructure.â
âThrough the strategic acquisition of Atmel SMS, we are building on our contactless leadership to create a unique fabless semiconductor leader aimed at driving trust for the secure transaction and digital identity markets,â said RÃ©my de Tonnac, chief executive officer for INSIDE Secure. âINSIDE Secure is very well positioned to sustain future growth by combining contactless and security expertise, products and innovation to drive trust into the next wave of smart card, mobile and Internet device applications, services and infrastructure.â
The next generation of electronic transactions via the Internet, mobile devices and other channels will require increased security. INSIDE Secureâs broad portfolio of secure semiconductors inject trust into mobile phones, passports and ID cards, payment cards, acceptance devices, set top boxes, transit fare collection systems, physical access control systems and other embedded security applications.
With a global presence, INSIDEâs deep understanding of vertical markets and ecosystem relationships, and its fabless model, enable the company to anticipate market needs and adapt quickly to customer requirements.
INSIDE already has achieved leadership positions in several large, high-growth sectors, such as global payments (including EMV dual interface), electronic identification, embedded security, pay TV and mobile NFC markets. With more than 350 million chips delivered to customers each year, INSIDE Secure is the number one global provider of contactless chips for payments, and is the near field communication (NFC) technology and market leader. INSIDE is now uniquely positioned for the anticipated explosive growth in its markets.
About INSIDE Secure
INSIDEâs secure semiconductor products power smart cards, mobile devices, acceptance devices and infrastructure systems. The companyâs expertise in microcontroller architectures, security, RF/analog design and vertical market requirements places INSIDE Secure in the forefront of secure contactless, contact, embedded and NFC technologies. INSIDE’s innovation, collaboration with customers and commitment to open standards have earned it a leadership position in markets worldwide. INSIDE Secure is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Europe, Asia and Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.insidesecure.com.
MosChip Semiconductor Technology connectivity solutions announced its “MCS9950” multi-function PCI Express (PCIe) connectivity with display controller chip. This multifunction controller chip boasts built in support to enable a variety of PCIe to multiple I/O connectivity and display options. Well suited applications include connectivity for docking stations in popular media players; serial attached devices; serial networking / monitoring equipment; POS terminals; embedded systems I/O expansions; and industrial control, security, monitoring and PC applications. The “MCS9950” supports a XGA — up to 1024 X 768 — compatible display controller, up to four serial ports, a parallel port and eight GPIOs. It provides a one lane (x1) 2.5 Gbps PCIe bus.
MosChip Semiconductor Technology high performance connectivity solutions has announced its “MCS99XX” multi-function “PCI Express” (PCIe) controller chipset consisting of four devices. The connectivity controller chips provide built in support to enable a variety of PCIe to multiple I/O (IO) connectivity options. Well-suited applications include connectivity for docking stations in popular media players; serial attached devices; serial networking / monitoring equipment; POS terminals; parallel / printer ports; add-on serial and / or parallel I/O cards; embedded systems I/O expansions; and industrial control, security, monitoring and PC applications. The MosChip fabless semiconductor company was founded in 1999 with headquarters and a design center in Hyderabad, India.