New Strategic Agreement Improves
Texas Instruments' Position as Storage IC Technology Leader in the
DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) and CD-RW (Compact Disk-Rewriteable)
Optical Drive Marketplaces
TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/
-- In a move designed to improve its position as the leader in
storage ICs for various optical drive marketplaces, Texas
Instruments has licensed a suite of DVD and CD-RW optical write
technologies from Calimetrics Inc., a semiconductor and storage
technology developer based in Alameda, California. In addition,
the Licensing and Procurement Agreement provides the opportunity
for the two companies to work together in jointly developing new
products, whereby TI will design and produce ICs that implement
Calimetrics' advanced Multilevel Optical Storage (ML)
The licensing agreement provides
TI with access to Calimetrics' Universal Write Strategy (UWS)
technology, including the standard binary recording technology for
both DVD and CD-RW optical drives. This adds a key capability to
TI's optical IC technology suite, enabling TI to provide more
complete, cost effective chip set solutions for the emerging
combination CD-RW/DVD drive and other optical storage markets.
The agreement brings Calimetrics'
proprietary ML technology into the mainstream of the optical
storage marketplace. The ML technology will enable TI's chip set
to write data in a format that, when combined with Calimetrics'
read technology, will yield significant speed and capacity
increases when compared to CD-RW recording.
Mike Holt, Product Line Director
for Removable Optical Solutions at TI Storage Products, states
that "using these capabilities, it is possible to triple both the
standard storage capacity and read/write speed of CD or DVD
drives. Such added capacity and speed will be critical success
factors in existing and emerging optical markets, including VCR
replacements, high- definition TV video recorders, high capacity
computer backup solutions and single disk high capacity VCD
The heightened relationship
between TI and Calimetrics will provide the marketplace with the
economical optical recording solutions required for new
generations of writeable optical products.
"Calimetrics is pleased to bring
its optical write technology to TI, and excited to work with TI as
a strategic partner, licensee, and source of supply for ML ICs.
Together we can offer our customers complete IC solutions that
provide extremely compelling economics, along with the highest
capacity and performance up to 3 times greater than currently
available technology," says Ken Campbell, Calimetrics' President
"Combining Calimetrics' optical
write technology with our leading market and technology position
in high speed optical read channels, gives us the ability to
better service our customers in this, the fastest growing storage
industry market segment," concludes TI's Holt.
Calimetrics, Inc., is a
semiconductor and storage technology development company
headquartered in Alameda, Calif. Incorporated in 1994, the
venture- backed firm is the exclusive licensee of patents granted
to the University of California, Berkeley related to optical data
storage and holds numerous other patents applying to multi-level
recording technology. Calimetrics-designed integrated circuits,
cores, and disc media enable low-cost production of optical
storage systems with significantly greater capacity and faster
data transfer rates than currently available systems.
Texas Instruments Storage Products
is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced semiconductors
for mass storage applications and is composed of Silicon Systems,
Inc., Intersect Technologies, Inc., and the mass storage unit of
Texas Instruments. Leveraging its digital signal processor (DSP)
and analog and mixed-signal leadership with industry-proven mass
storage integrated circuits (ICs), Texas Instruments Storage
Products provides total systems solutions to customers. Addressing
the performance, capacity and cost demands of the storage market,
Texas Instruments Storage Products ICs are used by manufacturers
of hard disk drives, removable drives, and emerging mass storage
technologies. Additional information is available through its
website located at http://www.ti.com/storage.
The worldwide leader and pioneer
in digital signal processing solutions since 1982, Texas
Instruments provides innovative DSP and mixed signal/analog
technologies to more than 30,000 customers in the computer,
wireless communications, networking, Internet, consumer, digital
motor control and mass storage markets worldwide. To help
customers get to market faster, TI offers easy-to-use development
tools and extensive software and hardware support, enhanced by its
extensive network of third party DSP solutions providers that
produce more than 1,000 products using TI technology.
Texas Instruments Incorporated is
a global semiconductor company and the world's leading designer
and supplier of digital signal processing and analog technologies,
the engines driving the digitization of electronics. Headquartered
in Dallas, Texas, the company's businesses also include materials
and controls, educational and productivity solutions, and digital
imaging. The company has manufacturing or sales operations in more
than 25 countries.
Texas Instruments is traded on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is
located on the World Wide Web at http://www.ti.com.
SOURCE: Texas Instruments