Qualcomm will be "some form of actor" in the inevitable consolidation in the chip industry, CEO Steve Mollenkopf told Bloomberg. "The timing ... is always the debate," he added. Also, Qualcomm said it has invented a way for phones equipped with metal rear cases to be charged wirelessly as long as they support the Rezence standard.
Researchers in Switzerland and Spain have come up with a graphene-based sensor that they say can detect proteins and other nanomolecules. The sensor's potential applications include detecting gas leaks, measuring DNA and finding contaminants in water, it was said.
The MacSpace collaborative research and development consortium is being funded by the European Commission to analyze and define applications and benchmarks for chips to be used in outer space. Such chips are typically used in telecommunications satellites.
Revenues for China's automotive semiconductor market are estimated to reach $6.2 billion this year, which is close to an 11% gain from 2014's $5.6 billion, IHS says. "There is increasing auto industry focus on power efficiency and green energy, as well as the pursuit of greater safety and a better overall driving experience," says Alex Liu of IHS.
Tsinghua Unigroup has put forward an informal bid to acquire Micron Technology for about $23 billion, offering $21 a share for the memory chip manufacturer. Micron has reportedly turned down the bid, saying such an acquisition by a Chinese company would be opposed by the U.S. government.
Electronic Recyclers International, faced with falling prices for copper and other metals, is partnering with iFixit to address a more remunerative market -- providing spare parts from smartphones and other gadgets to repair shops and electronics hobbyists. At a facility in Fresno, Calif., iFixit engineers are helping ERI employees to strip devices of their most valuable components.
The BBC incorporated Bluetooth Smart technology into its Micro:bit computing device, which is being distributed to school children in the U.K. "One million U.K. school kids will be receiving a BBC Micro:bit and for many of them this will give them their first taste of coding and of Bluetooth Smart, too," said Martin Woolley of the Bluetooth SIG.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed an integrated circuit that replaces silicon with nanocellulose, which is essentially wood. The active components are made with gallium arsenide, but most of the microchip would naturally decompose once the electronic product is recycled, the research team notes.
Coderus, a U.K. developer of embedded software, seeks to grab market share in the wireless Internet of Things field through its membership in the Microchip Design Partner Program. The program, established by Microchip Technology, enables design using the chip company's microcontrollers.
Micron Technology and Intel may be poised to disclose a closer working relationship in the wake of a rumored takeover bid for Micron by Tsinghua Unigroup of China, according to Mehdi Hosseini of Susquehanna Financial Group. The announcement "could include some element of funding and/or closer collaboration b/w Micron and Intel in scaling Micron’s 3D NAND technology," he writes.