Briefs: MCP, AvantGo, Motorola

Chip makers pick memory package

Fujitsu, NEC and Toshiba have agreed on specifications for a Stacked Multi-Chip Package (MCP), which stacks flash memory and static RAM (SRAM) on a single package to reduce space.

Each company will manufacture and market the chips independently, but common specifications will allow the three companies to act as secondary sources for each other.

Key to the design is an SRAM chip with a pin assignment compatible with that of the flash memory, which reduces wiring. Sample shipments will begin by the end of this year, and volume production will start next spring.

Software to link handhelds to intranet appsBusiness users have been looking for ways to get their handheld computers to provide more than just personal calendars and contact information. Now, new technology could bring the corporate intranet right into users' hands.

US-based AvantGo plans to announce a server that connects 3Com's PalmPilot and Windows CE devices to corporate databases via a synchronisation kiosk or wireless device without the need for a PC in between. Server-based software will help companies administer hundreds of handheld devices and synchronise World Wide Web-based forms on company intranets tailored to fit handhelds.

Oracle recently announced that it is providing the capability for PalmPilot users to have access to Oracle databases.

Motorola goes to court over modem patentsMotorola has taken two California modem companies to court, charging them with infringing on several of its modem patents, Motorola said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Boston, charges AltoCom and PCTel with violating a number of Motorola patents in products used to make so-called "software modems", according to the statement.

Software modems allow PC makers to include modem capabilities in their products without having to use separate modem chips, drawing instead on the power of a computer's microprocessor. The design takes up less space and can be less costly than using a standard modem, and is popular in handheld and desktop PCs.

The patents in question relate to the International Telecommunications Union's V.34 and V.90 analog modem standards, as well as other patents specific to software modems, Motorola said.