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<p>By exploiting the benefits of LVDS in clock distribution, control buses, backplanes, and other areas of high-speed signal distribution, 3G basestations will be able to deliver higher bandwidth wireless services without requiring proportionately greater cost, size, and power.</p>

To date, this only represents 20% of its OEM customers,” Faulkner said. Technically, we win hand's down when a customer evaluates our products verses a competitors' package,” he said.

There was a lot of talk a year and a half ago about Linux fragmenting,” Bird said. And the truth was that it wasn't an issue. There has always been good interoperability [among Linux-based products]. This whole undertaking has been a reaction to the FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt] that people were spreading about embedded Linux.”

Lineo remains a member in the ELC, Bird said, although he is no longer on the organization's board of directors. We're not breaking ranks, but we are laying low for now,” he said.

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In the meantime, Lineo is already working to develop application programming interfaces with a number of vendors. The company is teaming with Trolltech AS to develop a graphical user interface for handheld devices and has chosen other partners for other APIs.

If we didn't do this now, we'd still be waiting for the development of a standard,” Bird said. And we don't know how long that would take.”

FREMONT, Calif. — Optical processor specialist Avanex Corp. here today announced it has acquired Oplink Communications Inc., a San Jose-based supplier of modules and components.

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The combined company, to be known as Avanex, will be headquartered in Fremont. Paul Engle, president and chief executive of Avanex, will become co-chairman, president and CEO of the combined company.

The merger strengthens the combined company's position in optical components, modules and other products, Engle said. By combining Avanex's technology solutions with Oplink's broadrange of passive components and low cost manufacturing capabilities, we are creating a new entity that will be a formidable competitor in our industry,” he said.

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Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Oplink stockholders will receive 0.405344 of a share of Avanex common stock in exchange for each share of Oplink common stock.

After the merger is completed, on a fully diluted basis, Avanex's and Oplink's stockholders will each own approximately 50% of the combined company. Based on the stock price on March 18, 2002, the value of the combined companies' market capitalization is approximately $610 million.

Sze: Almost everything. They have VHDL, Verilog, a timer, and a DesignWare type library. With Synopsys you have to buy separate licenses. With Incentia, it's all bundled. The price is affordable, and that's one important reason we chose Incentia.

EEdesign: Are there any missing capabilities, compared to Design Compiler?

Sze: We found there is one function Incentia doesn't have, and it's very important. When you're doing timing optimization, and there are several clock domains, and one domain cannot meet timing, Synopsys can still optimize all the other clock domains. But Incentia can't do that. If one clock domain fails, all the clock domains are reduced to the same number.

EEdesign: Is Incentia's library of arithmetic functions comparable to Synopsys' DesignWare?

Sze: Yes, according to their manual, they have that kind of capability. I didn't test them all, but in my application, when I needed a multiplier, it did provide that function.

For now, Suntron's biggest challenge is diversifying its client base. The Midwestern Electronics purchase does not break its dependence on Honeywell, which was also a Midwestern customer, and which currently constitutes 50% of Suntron's customer base. But the company believes other customers will be attracted by the Midwestern Electronics acquisition.

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