Designed for wireless basestations as well as military and aerospace radar applications, the AD9858 is said to offer fast frequency hopping and fine-tuning. Dan Savignon, marketing engineer of signal synthesis products at Analog Devices, said the device compares favorably with a predecessor, the AD9852, which operates at less than one-third the speed (300 Msamples/s) and consumes more power (2.2 watts vs. less than 2 W for the new device).

The company, with a name derived from Renaissance Semiconductor for Advanced Solutions, is due to be established on April 1, 2003. The agreement is a result of discussions to integrate the system LSI businesses of the two companies agreed to on March 18, 2002 (see March 24 story), the companies said today (October 3, 2002).

There are, however, skeptics. Gary Smith, chief EDA analyst at Gartner Dataquest, said OpenAccess doesn't have much chance of going beyond a Cadence standard in the 130- to 90-nm semiconductor generation. A standard like UDM may be essential” at 70 nm, Smith said, but SEMI must be careful to avoid tying two standards together.”