March 30, 2009
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Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor

by Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor
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Silicon Valley jobless rate hits 10.0 percent for first time since 1990 (Mercury News) The combined unemployment rate for Santa Clara and San Benito counties in February hit double digits —10.0 percent — for the first time in almost two decades, as the recession began taking a bigger bite out of the tech economy.

It was the highest unemployment rate since at least 1990, when the state started tracking the data with its current system, and the highest number of unemployed at 92,800. The valley lost 26,300 jobs, or 2.9 percent, in the past 12 months, according to the Employment Development Department, which released the figures today.

I.B.M., Looking to Buy Sun, Sets Up a Software Strategy (New York Times)  I.B.M.’s interest in acquiring the server computer maker Sun Microsystems for nearly $7 billion may seem at first to be a reversal of its recent efforts to move away from the hardware business.

But analysts say there is more to Sun than servers, which are used in corporate data centers. They say its strengths in software, systems design and research make it an attractive target.

The price tag being discussed by the companies works out to nearly $10 a share, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Wednesday. That is approximately twice Sun’s closing price on Tuesday. Shares of Sun surged nearly 79 percent Wednesday on news of the negotiations, to close at $8.89.

IEEE Approves New Low-Power Design Standard for Integrated Circuits In Electronic Systems The IEEE and Accellera announced today that the IEEE has approved a new standard, IEEE 1801™, "Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits."

The standard is also known as Unified Power Format (UPF) 2.0. UPF, first developed by Accellera, is currently supported by multiple vendors and is in use worldwide. This is the first time that UPF has undergone an IEEE standardization effort.

Developed by the 1801 Low Power Working Group, the standard provides portability of low-power design specifications that can be used with a variety of commercial products throughout an electronic system design, analysis, verification and implementation flow.

Real Intent Continues Growth Worldwide, Partnering With Satris in Israel Real Intent Inc has signed Satris Corporation in Israel as its newest distribution partner.

Satris is providing sales and support for Real Intent's prospects and customers in Israel, and is the newest addition to the company's existing sales and support teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Satris was set up by a group of EDA veterans with a deep knowledge of the Israeli market, its customers and its needs. SATRIS' team is well known for its high level of technical expertise and also offers advanced design and verification services, providing Israeli customers with a full, high quality solution.

SpringSoft Completes Acquisition of Certess SpringSoft, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Certess, Inc., creators of the Certitude™ Functional Qualification solution. The acquisition, announced last month, resulted in SpringSoft purchasing all outstanding shares of Certess, and the transaction has received necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Certess is now a wholly owned subsidiary of SpringSoft USA, Inc. and its operations have been integrated with SpringSoft’s global development, sales, support and marketing functions. Certess products have been added to SpringSoft’s Novas™ family of verification enhancement solutions.

The acquisition adds approximately 20 people to SpringSoft, primarily in France and the United States. The former Certess R&D operation in France now reports to Yu-Chin Hsu, Vice President of Logic Verification R&D. The existing Certess field sales and support personnel have been folded into the SpringSoft global channel under Bill Shepard, Vice President of Sales.

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