A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:

Tekelec scores wins for policy-management phone product

Local Tech Wire

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC) announced Monday that it has won  two multi-national deals with two Tier One 3G mobile service providers for its Camiant Policy Management solution that it acquired in May.

The new deals are in Europe and the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region. Tekelec said the contract will put Camiant in eight new countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay.

Both service providers are headquartered in Europe, Tekelec said in its announcement, but it did not identify them. Tekelec’s policy management had previously been deployed by other customers in France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.

Tekelec said it now counts 22 mobile operators around the globe as policy customers, including Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, with more than 250 million subscribers.

Worldwide chip sales jump in August

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Global sales of semiconductors grew nearly 33 percent in August to $25.7 billion compared with a year ago, the Semiconductor Industry Association said Monday.

Compared with July, chip sales climbed nearly 2 percent. Sales for the first eight months of 2010 were $194.6 billion, up 44 percent from $134.7 billion in the same period in 2009.

“PC and wireless related products along with infrastructure expansion in emerging markets, particularly in China and India, continue to drive sales,” said SIA President Brian Toohey in a statement. But he added that economic conditions in the U.S. and Europe, as well as seasonal sales patterns, “bear close monitoring.”

Still, he added that SIA “remains confident” in its full-year sales forecast of $290.5 billion, a 28 percent increase from 2009.

Duke is at Clemson, and not for sports

Local Tech Wire

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University has arranged for Duke to always be home at Clemson – Duke Energy, that is.

A new facility under construction at the Clemson’s Advanced Materials Center in Anderson County is going to be called the Duke Energy Innovation Center.

"Duke Energy has been a longtime partner with Clemson in helping us achieve our goals. They have supported our students through scholarships. They have supported us through infrastructure, by improving the power supply necessary to support the needs of this building and especially of our high-speed computing. And most recently they have supported us through funding for this innovation center," Clemson President James F. Barker said.

The innovation center will serve as a high-tech business incubator focusing on the advanced materials industry, the university said. Space will be available for startup companies and so-called “landing parties” of existing companies interested in exploring the viability of locating new businesses or relocating existing businesses in the area.

The innovation center is a joint project with the South Carolina Research Authority, which will house its advanced materials research programs in a separate wing. Clemson and SCRA will share some common lobby and gathering space in the facility, which is due to be completed and available for occupancy early next spring.

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