Cambridge, England—The four founders of TTPCom joined with Professor Rick Hillum to form Camitri, a new venture that will market IP from world leading universities and research institutes to the communications industry.

Camitri is backed by Imprimatur Capital, an international investment business focused on early stage IP. Gordon Aspin, Mark Collins, Richard Fry and Tony Milbourn were the executive team that started TTPCom in 1987. Rick Hillum brings a portfolio of communications IP that he’s already built up within ICIPR, his existing company ICIPR (it now merges into the new venture). Tony Milbourn was appointed CEO.

According to Milbourn, “Universities are renowned for their creativity and have been the prime movers for many of the world’s most innovative startups. However, there is a wealth of innovation that is most effectively exploited by licensing to existing companies rather than creating new ones. This is the market that Camitri will address.”

Penton named Media Sponsor for Darnell 2008 Power Conferences

Paramus NJ, USA—Penton Media’s Electronic Design Group and Darnell Group will join forces to present Darnell’s leading-edge power conferences, the Digital Power Forum and nanoPower Forum, in 2008.

In addition to flagship title Electronic Design, Penton’s Electronic Design Group also includes targeted publications such as Power Electronics Technology, Microwaves & RF, and RF Design. This partnership promises to build on the continuous growth of Darnell’s successful conferences.

“We are thrilled to partner the Darnell Group,” says Bill Baumann, group publisher of Penton’s Electronic Design Group. “Their tightly focused conferences are another important resource for our readers. Our support of the Darnell events continues our mission of serving the educational needs of electronic design engineers.”

Digital Power Forum takes place in San Francisco, Calif., USA, from September 15-17 and nanoPower will be held in Costa Mesa, Calif., from June 2 –4 2008.

IR names new president & CEO

El Segundo, Calif., USA—Power-semiconductor firm International Rectifier has appointed Oleg Khaykin as its president and chief executive officer. Khaykin recently served as chief operating officer for Amkor Technology, a provider of semiconductor assembly and test services.

Commenting on his appointment, Khaykin said that he “looks forward to hitting the ground running at International Rectifier. I was attracted to this company because of its advanced technology, rich history of technological innovation, industry-leading product portfolio, and strong customer base.”

Khaykin holds a BSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

IMEC opens centre in Taiwan

Hsinchu, Taiwan—Nanoelectronics research centre IMEC recently established IMEC Taiwan in the Hsinchu Science Park. Initially, IMEC Taiwan will start as a representative office, but it’s expected to grow into an R&D centre within six months. IMEC wants to facilitate access for Taiwanese semiconductor companies to IMEC’s R&D programs and in return tap into the local high technology skills.

“Taiwan is worldwide recognised as the core of semiconductor foundry manufacturing. Combined with its innovative power, the Taiwanese industry will also become a leading player in the development of new applications. We are convinced that an institute as IMEC Taiwan can have an added value in this evolution,” says Prof. Gilbert Declerck, president and CEO of IMEC. “By bridging the cultural, language, and geographical gap, we can facilitate the access to our programs and easily interact with local companies. We intend also to tap into the local pool of highly schooled labour to strengthen our system and IC design team.”

NI joins Multicore Association

Berkshire, England—The Multicore Association, a global non-profit organisation focused on developing standards that help shorten time-to-market for products that involve multicore implementations, recently welcomed National Instruments to its group.

As a member of the association, National Instruments is collaborating with technology companies, including Intel, Freescale Semiconductor, and Wind River, to improve the interoperability among operating systems, and hardware and software development tools, so that engineers and scientists can benefit from the performance improvements offered by multicore technology.

“National Instruments has a commanding and diverse knowledge of multicore technology from a software, hardware and operating system perspective,” says Markus Levy, president of The Multicore Association. “Their experience and leadership in developing products that can take advantage of this technology makes National Instruments a valuable contributor to The Multicore Association’s efforts to define the standards for multicore applications.”

Firms join forces on 65nm mixed-signal design

Bracknell, England—To provide its analog and mixed-signal chip designers with a quantitative simulation methodology for reliability analysis at 65nm and below, Toshiba Corp. has deployed Cadence Design Systems’ Cadence Virtuoso simulation technology.

Toshiba’s advanced reliability models were implemented into the Virtuoso UltraSim simulator using the UltraSim Reliability Interface. The results were then tested, which lead to the selection of the UltraSim simulator.

The Virtuoso UltraSim Full-Chip Simulator, a part of Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation, is Cadence’s FastSPICE circuit simulator for verifying large custom, analog mixed-signal, RF, memory, and SoC designs. It uses true hierarchical simulation with patented isomorphic, adaptive partitioning algorithms and accurate RC reductions technology to deliver the capacity, accuracy, and performance required for full-chip transistor level verification.