CONTRACTS
Northrop Grumman Corp.Has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam to provide Joint Operations Centre (JOC) command and control capability for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF). The contract, which will be undertaken by Northrop Grumman UK, will include the supply of an integrated Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) headquarter system and a deployable JOC together with the provision of training and in-country support. The JOC will provide the RBAF with a facility that will deliver command and control capability for military commands and civil organizations at the national and international level. It will be interoperable with NATO and ASEAN allies as well as coalition partners.

Hughes Network SystemsHas been selected by the State of New York to provide a suite of managed services and connectivity under the Comprehensive Telecommunications Services contract, Group 77017, Award 20268. The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for a term of seven years. It enables authorized users, such as statewide agencies, local governments, and eligible nonprofit, educational, and charitable organizations, to purchase telecommunications services provided by Hughes.

Bridgewater SystemsHas announced that MetroPCS Communications, Inc. has selected its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) product suite including the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller. Both are anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker for its fourth-generation (4G) LTE network.

VincotechHas signed a distribution contract with Atlantik Elektronik, a full-service electronics distributor and markettrend analyst for global technologies. Atlantik Elektronik, a partner of CSR, and Vincotech, the European GPS module partner of SiRF (a CSR company), will market the latest GPS modules and telematics solutions. The primary focus of this partnership is on promoting Vincotech's SiRFstarIV-based technology and telematics product solution while continuing the design-in support of Vincotech's SiRFstarIII portfolio.

FRESH STARTS
Diagnosys SystemsHas launched a new web site (www.diagnosys.com) that coincides with a change to the Diagnosys logo and overall corporate identity. In addition to test equipment, Diagnosys now offers a complete suite of testers and test services to assist customers in effectively using diagnostic tools as a way to return faulty boards to service more rapidly. The web site allows prospects to move directly to pages covering functional test (go/no go), circuit-card diagnostics, high-performance testing, boundary scan, conformal coating removal, test services, or turnkey and custom design applications. General information on training and support is available as well.

Mentor Graphics Corp.Freescale Semiconductor has selected Mentor as a partner in the silicon-test, yield-analysis, physicalverification, and design-for-fabrication-and-manufacturability (DFM) technology areas. This collaboration enables Freescale's deployment of Mentor's Tessen and Calibre technologies covering design for test (DFT), physical verification and analysis, advanced resolution-enhancement technologies (RETs), and pre- and post-tapeout DFM.

Microchip Technology, Inc.Has acquired Sunnyvale-based ZeroG Wireless, Inc., which specializes in low-power embedded WiFi solutions. ZeroG is a privately held, fabless-semiconductor developer of WiFi-certified transceivers and FCC-certified modules. This acquisition is expected to strengthen Microchip's wireless offerings by enabling embedded designers to easily connect to this ubiquitous networking protocol with any 8-, 16-, or 32-bit PIC microcontroller.

Cree, Inc.Has announced a distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc. for Cree silicon-carbide (SiC) power products. This agreement gives Arrow's customers ready access to the firm's latest commercially available SiC junction-barrier- Schottky (JBS) products. Among the Cree products available through Arrow will be the Z-REC series of 600-V Schottky diodes and the 1200-V Schottky-diode line.

AT4 wirelessHas appointed HCT Korea as its official calibration laboratory, offering local, KOLAS-accredited calibration services in South Korea.

Conexant Systems, Inc.Has agreed to sell property adjacent to its Newport Beach headquarters to City Ventures LLC for $26.1 million. City Ventures is a residential and mixeduse developer of urban projects throughout California. The property, located on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach, consists of approximately 25 acres and includes two leased buildings. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Exalt CommunicationsHas announced that the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Colorado has upgraded its mobile emergency-communications network with Exalt EX-4.9i microwave radio systems. South Metro provides fire and emergency services over 176 square miles in both Douglas and Arapahoe counties.

Avery Dennison Corp.Has announced that its radio-frequencyidentification (RFID) inlays have passed the specifications and system tests and met the performance requirements established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the tagging of luggage at airports. The Avery Dennison RFID technology has already been successfully deployed in tagging solutions at Las Vegas and Hong Kong airports. Through its partnership with Motorola and Print-O-Tape, Avery Dennison will supply Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with inlays for up to 70 million RFID-enabled baggage-tracking tags.

CycleoHas announced the appointment of Spinnaker Systems, Inc. as its distributor in Japan. Spinnaker, a PALTEK Group company, will be responsible for sales