Vitesse to Participate in The Benchmark Company Micro Cap Discovery Conference

CAMARILLO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of IC solutions to advance “Ethernet Everywhere” in Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks, will host one-on-one meetings with investors at The Benchmark Company Micro Cap Discovery Conference at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on December 11, 2014.

During the event, management will discuss the Company’s “Ethernet Everywhere” strategy that simplifies the transition to Ethernet for all network types with its differentiated technologies and new product line developed for this large growth market.

Attendees can contact their Benchmark representative or LHA to arrange a meeting. The applicable presentation will be accessible on the investor section of Vitesse’s website: www.vitesse.com.

About Vitesse

Vitesse (Nasdaq: VTSS) designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductor solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide. Vitesse products enable the fastest-growing network infrastructure markets including Mobile Access/IP Edge, Cloud Computing, SMB/SME Enterprise and Industrial-IoT Networking. Visit www.vitesse.com or follow us on Twitter @VitesseSemi.

Vitesse is a registered trademark of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders.

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Company Contact:
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Marty McDermut, +1-805-388-3700
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Marvell Launches Highly Integrated Quad-Core 64-bit

Marvell Launches Highly Integrated Quad-Core 64-bit ARMADA Mobile PXA1908 Platform for the Fast Growing 5-Mode 4G LTE Worldwide Mass Market

Marvell’s ARMADA Mobile PXA1908 platform features quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53, efficient power management, integrated location and sensor technology, and field proven 5-mode 4G LTE modem technology

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Sue Kim
Director, Corporate Communications and PR

Santa Clara, California (November 17, 2014) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in providing complete silicon solutions from mobile communications to storage, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery and Kinoma® software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle,” today announced the highly integrated quad-core 64-bit ARMADA® Mobile PXA1908 platform, extending its award-winning ARMADA Mobile product family. Targeted for the fast growing 5-mode 4G LTE worldwide mass market, Marvell’s cost optimized mobile processor features ARM Cortex A53, efficient power management, integrated location and sensor technology, and field proven 5-mode 4G LTE modem technology. The PXA1908 mobile processor maintains complete software compatibility with the octa-core ARMADA Mobile PXA1936, enabling OEMs and ODMs to quickly and seamlessly launch a higher performing octa-core mobile phone. The ARMADA mobile PXA1908 supports today’s most popular cellular communications including: TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM.

“Built upon our worldwide leadership and proven track record in enabling high performance, low power, and affordable 4G LTE smartphones since last year, I believe our new ARMADA Mobile PXA1908 will further empower global mobile operators and tier-one OEMs to quickly expand the 4G LTE market to entry-level smartphones and greatly accelerate its deployment to the mass market around the world. With PXA1908’s field-proven 5-mode 4G LTE modem, high level of integration, low power consumption, cost effective architecture and the 64-bit quad-core processor supporting the latest Android operating system, I believe Marvell has once again raised the technology bar,” said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. “I’m very thankful for our global teams of talented engineers for their innovation, invention and dedication to continually leading the industry and delivering best-in-class mobile solutions.  At Marvell, it is our mission and passion to make the world a better place for all.”

The 64-bit quad-core 5-mode LTE system-on-chip (SoC) is designed to address the fast growing LTE market, enabling easy integration from 2G and 3G connectivity to 4G LTE. Marvell’s 64-bit family of mobile SoCs also pave the way for device makers to release 64-bit tablets and smartphones with the Android L operating system. Major smartphone vendors are expected to begin shipping products powered by Marvell’s PXA1908 globally in early 2015.

Key features of the Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA1908 include:

  • Cost optimized quad-core Cortex A53, up to 1.2GHz clock speed
  • Improved image processing to support 8MP to 13MP camera
  • Advanced power management
  • Supports 720p display
  • Field proven DSDS software for 5-mode modem

To learn more about the Marvell PXA1908 processors, visit http://www.marvell.com/communication-processors

Strip Design and Development–Gaining Confidence in the Process

By: Brad Kuvin

Saturday, February 01, 2014

“We use simulation software differently than other tool builders might,” begins Jason Andras, design manager at Atlantic Tool & Die Co. (ATD), when asked to describe the firm’s recent uptick in inhouse die design and development. The 650-employee automotive-stamping and assembly company works out of numerous locations, including four in Ohio; plants in Texas and Mexico; a primary design and engineering center in Costa Rica; and a die-build, stamping and assembly shop in China. ATD’s facility in China produced 70 new stamping tools for ATD and other North American customers in 2013, generating $3.5 million. In 2014 it is projected to produce 100 to 120 new progressive dies generating $5 to $7 million.

We caught up with Andras, who oversees ATD’s die-design and development process, at its headquarters facility in Strongsville (Cleveland), OH. Up for discussion: its evolving use of 3D modeling and surfacing of dies and weld fixtures, based on its use of:

• VISI PC-based CAD-CAM software;

• Progressive-die strip simulation using the Dynaform suite of software modules; and

• Reverse engineering of cutting sections and forming details using a portable coordinate-measuring machine —a Faro ScanArm outfitted with a laser scanner.

ATD's Faro ScanArm portable coordinate-measuring machine
ATD’s Faro ScanArm portable coordinate-measuring machine, equipped with a laser scanner, captures surface data and enables reverse engineering of die surfaces—new trim edges, for example.

ATD launched its foray into 3D design and development—of stamping dies and of weld fixtures to support its secondary operations—in 2005. The goal, says Andras, was to develop expertise in stamping and assembling more complex parts and assemblies, such as large rear parcel shelves and tiny yet complex airbag housings.“While we’ve used VISI companywide for years primarily at our design center in Costa Rica,” says Andras, “we’re ramping up its use here in Cleveland as we look to retire various other software and consolidate to VISI. To supplement the eight seats of VISI in Costa Rica (two added in June of 2013), in the last two years we’ve acquired four VISI seats in Ohio (one at its Sharon Center plant, two seats in Strongsville and one in Texas), with more coming. One of the nice features of VISI our designers really appreciate is the ability to work in 2D and 3D—they can sketch in 2D and extrude in 3D, surface and model all in one. That’s been a great benefit.”

Accurate Simulation Starts with a Robust Material-Property Database

ATD’s ongoing design-software evolution also aims to improve its ability to accurately simulate new progressive-die strip models, and also to support weld-fixture development. Enter Dynaform, with modules for estimating blank size and predict thinning and thickening; create complete die-face models, including binder and addendum, from part geometry; simulate and validate die designs and identify problem areas, as well as optimize designs to reduce wrinkling, thinning and tearing; and analyze a completed die to provide insights into stamping-production issues such as scrap shedding and material handling.

“Simulation has become an important tool for us,” shares Andras, “as we seek to control the development of our progressive dies and simulate the process during strip development. We can easily flow data back and forth between VISI and Dynaform, to avoid excessive troubleshooting in the press, which can become quite time consuming and costly.

“The real benefit to simulation for us,” stresses Andras: “Creating a robust forming sequence and strip layout that we can pass on to our tool designer and builder with confidence that the die will run in production almost immediately.”

ATD ScanArms to scan intricate stamped parts
ATD uses its ScanArms to scan some of its more intricate stamped parts, “to capture features not easily rendered with a conventional CMM,” Andras says. “We can scan tiny features, enlarge them on the screen and run cross-sections through them for metrology and color mapping of deviations.”

Moving up the learning curve as ATD engineers zero in on the benefits of Dynaform simulations, Andras points to the need to completely understand material properties in order to ensure accurate simulations. We’re talking yield strength coefficient, k, n and r values, yield stress, precent elongation, ultimate tensile, etc.“We are creating our own library of material properties for the alloys we stamp, by sending material samples out for testing,” he says. “These are stored within Dynaform. This practice is particularly critical to accurate simulation results when forming our more sensitive parts.”

Last but not least, engineers working in the ATD design center in Costa Rica employ Dynaform further downstream in the die-development process, to develop press and energy curves for the company. “This ensures we can run specific dies in specific presses,” says Andras. “And, Dynaform can tell us, by calculating forming pressures throughout a tool, where we might need to tweak the tool, by adding nitrogen cylinders for example.”

Scanning Captures Toolmaker’s “Magic”

As much as its new software tools have enhanced the strip- and die-development process at ATD, the firm still must continue to work to overcome challenges related to increased part and assembly complexity, and the slew of new steels finding their into automobiles. Here, more often than not a toolmaker must “work his magic,” says Andras, “and perform handwork on one or more die stations to get a die to run flawlessly in the press.”

Such “magic” often renders die stations notably altered from their original CAD models. The inability to capture the result of these die-development activities often causes die-design data to be inaccurate at best and unusable at worst. In 2002, ATD purchased its first FaroArm capable of scanning form and cutting edges. In 2009, a new FaroArm was purchased, along with a laser scanner to capture the magic. ATD engineers employ the machine to acquire surface data and enable reverse engineering of die surfaces. This device has proven to be so useful that ATD acquired a second ScanArm for its Seville, OH facility. In addition, ATD has added a third machine for its sister facility in China. This allows designs to be easily updated after the tryout and development activity has been completed, which guarantees complete and accurate tool designs for each stamping tool produced.

“The ScanArm helped build our confidence in the simulation software,” explains Andras. “For example, we recently brought in a takeover tool that, when we ran a simulation of the forming operation the software predicted the part would split. But, in reality the die ran just fine in our press. We figured that the form tools did not match the CAD models, and proved that theory by using the ScanArm to scan the form tools. Using PolyWorks (parametric software for 3D metrology/reverse engineering applications), we back-fed the new surface data into Dynaform and ran the simulation again. It was incredible how accurate the revised simulation matched actual results in the press.”

Faro designed the ScanArm to offer users the ability to combine the benefits of contact and noncontact scanning. Its product literature states that “the ScanArm’s hard probe and the Laser Line Probe can digitize interchangeably without having to remove either component. Users can accurately measure prismatic features with the hard probe, then laser scan sections requiring larger volumes of data.”

Andras also explains that ATD uses its ScanArms to scan some of its more intricate stamped parts, “to capture features not easily rendered with a conventional CMM,” he says. “We can scan intricate features, enlarge them on the screen and run cross-sections through them for metrology and color mapping deviations.” MF

See also: ETA Software, Inc., Faro Technologies Inc., Vero Software

Related Enterprise Zones: Quality Control, Software, Tool & Die