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Storage solutions such as the hybrid disk drive and the ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive features Microsoft is incorporating in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system took center stage, along with the alternative Robson technology proposed by Intel Corp. The solutions all bank on availability of low-cost, high-density NAND-flash memory.

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Storage solutions such as the hybrid disk drive and the ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive features Microsoft is incorporating in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system took center stage, along with the alternative Robson technology proposed by Intel Corp. The solutions all bank on availability of low-cost, high-density NAND-flash memory.

For more information contact Doug Patterson at Aitech Defense Systems, 9301 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth, Calif. 91311. Phone: 888-Aitech-8. Fax: 818-350-6888. E-mail: dpatterson@rugged.com or sales@rugged.com.

Aitech Defense Systems , 888-Aitech-8, www.rugged.com

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SAN FRANCISCO — If anyone had any doubts that the electronics industry has fundamentally changed, those went out the window when news broke last week that two private-equity firms were interested in taking Freescale Semiconductor Inc. private.

On Friday (Sept. 15), a consortium led by The Blackstone Group, including The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group, said they were acquiring Freescale for $17.6 billion.

Buyouts of publicly traded semiconductor companies have occurred in recent years (see chart, right), mostly targeting small or medium-size corporations. But the size of the Freescale deal and its timing—on the heels of Philips' spinning out its semiconductor unit as NXP—suggest that the investment rules have changed suddenly. With that switch comes a raft of questions about the future of the industry, from competitiveness to a basic concern about the nature of innovation in an industry where cost pressures may escalate.

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The buyout trend conjures up images of 1980s leveraged deals, where investment houses would roar into a grocery chain, trucking company or a railroad—a business with great cash-flow potential and assets—radically reorganize it and get rewarded on the improved cash thrown off.

Technology companies were largely immune. But not anymore. There is a ton of private equity out there,” perhaps as much as $500 billion, said Ryan Floyd, general partner with Storm Ventures (Menlo Park, Calif.). And judging from the fact that two equity consortia—one involving Texas Pacific Group, Blackstone Group and Permira, and the other composed of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Silver Lake Partners—are fighting over Freescale, the interest is heating up.

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In addition, the industry is maturing and the market for electronics company stocks hasn't recovered much from the tech bust. True, Freescale CEO Michel Mayer has engineered a solid turnaround since coming on board the former Motorola Semiconductor outfit. But company sources say management is frustrated that Freescale is not valued higher.

Layer onto that onerous new regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley rules and the more recent stock options accounting issues, and public companies' ability to manage effectively is under stress.

Operating System flexibility

Linux, QNX , and Windows 2000 and Windows XP drivers are supplied. Moreover, a Fast Windows stream player is also available.

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For more details contact Colleen Ketterer at Sensoray, 7313 SW Tech Center Dr., Tigard, Oregon 97223. Phone: 503-684-8005. Fax: 503-684-8164. E-mail: colleen@sensoray.com.

Sensoray , 503-684-8005, www.sensoray.com

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