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Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, Calif., and TDK Corp., Tokyo,  have agreed to form a joint venture under the name RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd., to develop RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems. These products are for mobile devices and business segments such as Internet of Things, drones, robotics, automotive applications, and more. The joint venture will draw upon TDK's capabilities in micro-acoustic RF filtering, packaging, and module integration technologies; and Qualcomm's expertise in advanced wireless technologies, to serve customers with leading-edge RF solutions into fully integrated systems. In addition to creating RF360 Holdings, Qualcomm and TDK will expand their collaboration around key technology fields, including sensors and wireless charging. The agreement is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and is expected to close by early 2017. "TDK is a leading electronic components manufacturer with cutting-edge expertise in RF filters and modules, and we are looking forward to deepening our collaboration and together accelerating innovation and better serving the ecosystem for next-generation mobile communications," said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm. "The joint venture's RF filters will bolster Qualcomm RF360 front-end solutions to enable Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI) to deliver a truly complete solution to the ecosystem. This will enable us to expand our growth opportunity by allowing us to accelerate our strategy to provide OEMs across our business segments with fully integrated systems that will enable them to deliver at scale and on an accelerated timeframe." "The joint venture with Qualcomm is a win for both companies, which complement each other ideally," said Mr. Takehiro Kamigama, President and CEO of TDK. "Customers will benefit from our unique and comprehensive portfolio, which will further strengthen TDK's position in key growth business segments and open new and exciting business opportunities. In this context, it was a major objective to ensure that our customers can continue to expect a seamless supply of discrete filters and duplexers, as well as modules."


Home > Press > MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Previews “Internet of MEMS & Sensors” at CES 2016 -- Global industry association invites CE OEMS/integrators to conference track on January 7 Abstract: What: Internet of MEMS & Sensors, a full-day conference track hosted by MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, at CES® 2016 When: January 7, 2016, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Where: The Venetian (Las Vegas, NV), Level 4, Marcello 4404 Who: Speakers from Tier I companies using MEMS/sensors (including Huawei, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Delphi Automotive) and speakers from leading suppliers (including Bosch, Analog Devices, InvenSense, STMicroelectronics and Freescale) will address an audience of consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and embedded systems integrators Agenda: Emerging MEMS & Sensors in Consumer Electronics -- Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Building the Connected Ecosystem for Smart Cities Kiva Allgood, vice president of global market development, Smart Cities and Industrial IoT, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Wearable as Accessory of the IoT -- Sean Ding, chief scientist, Huawei Reshaping Wearables with Conformal Electronic Systems -- Roozbeh Ghaffari, co-founder and CTO, MC10 http://www.intelfreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/migrated/image-2093.jpg Panel: Wearables and Smart Sensors Advancing User Interface · Moderator: Mike Feibus, principal analyst, TechKnowledge Strategies (at left) · Panelists: Paul Beckmann, founder and CEO, DSP Concepts; Alexis Bernard, CTO, Knowles Corporation; Matt Crowley, CEO, Vesper; and Horst Muenzel, CEO and general manager, Akustica Sensor Fusion and the Automated/Autonomous Car -- Gary O'Brien, global director of advanced engineering, Delphi Automotive https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_200_200/p/2/000/00a/2b3/12efcfb.jpg Smart Homes as First IoT Test Case -- Ian Chen, systems, applications, software and algorithms marketing, Sensor Solutions Division, Freescale Semiconductor Panel: MEMS/Sensors Executives – Technology Trends for the IoT · Moderator: Becky Oh, president and CEO, PNI Sensor Corporation (at left) · Panelists: Behrooz Abdi, president and CEO, InvenSense; Stefan Finkbeiner, general manager and CEO, Bosch Sensortec; Mark Martin, vice president, Industrial Automation, Energy, and Sensors, Analog Devices; and Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president, general manager, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_200_200/p/7/005/035/335/116099d.jpg Running through Virtual Reality -- David Allan, president, Virtuix Mo Maghsoudnia Paradigm Shift in Sensor Innovation and Manufacturing -- Mo Maghsoudnia, vice president of technology and worldwide manufacturing, InvenSense Why: Attendees will gain an inside look at key component technologies essential to wearables, smart home appliances/systems, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), autonomous cars and the Internet of Things (IoT) Registration: Register via:www.cesweb.org/Conference/Conference-Tracks/The-Internet-of-MEMS-and-Sensors. For more information, email: For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.


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General Motors Co. said Monday it is investing $500 million in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. and forming an unprecedented partnership that could eventually lead to on-demand, self-driving cars. It's the largest investment yet by a traditional automaker in a new mobility company, and is an acknowledgement by GM that the transportation landscape is changing fast. "We see the world of mobility changing more in the next five years than it has in the last 50," GM President Dan Ammann told The Associated Press. GM made the investment as part of a $1 billion round of fundraising by Lyft. Together, the companies plan to open a network of U.S. hubs where Lyft drivers can rent GM vehicles at discounted rates. That could expand Lyft's business by giving people who don't own cars a way to drive and earn money through Lyft. It also gives GM a leg up on competitors like Daimler AG and Ford Motor Co., who are developing their own ride-sharing services. And it would put more young drivers behind the wheel of a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac. Longer term, GM and Lyft will work together to develop a fleet of autonomous vehicles that city dwellers could summon using Lyft's mobile app. Partnering with GM could give Lyft a boost over its archrival, Uber Technologies Inc., which is working on its own driverless cars. Karl Brauer, an industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book, expects to see automakers and tech companies form more partnerships over the next few months. "Each one has an area of specialization to make both of them stronger," he said. GM isn't the only automaker with an eye on Lyft. Fontinalis Partners—a venture capital firm co-founded by Ford Motor Co.'s Executive Chairman Bill Ford—invested in Lyft last May. The amount invested wasn't disclosed. GM gets a seat on Lyft's board and access to the three-year-old company's software, which matches riders with drivers and automates payments. The partnership also better positions the automaker for a future in which customers don't buy cars every five or six years but share rides or hail drivers when they need to get somewhere. San Francisco-based Lyft gets the expertise of a 108-year-old automaker with decades of experience in making connected and autonomous vehicles. Detroit-based GM also has an enviable global reach; it sells almost 10 million cars each year in more than 100 countries. Lyft operates in 190 U.S. cities, although it recently formed partnerships with ride-sharing services in China and India. Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer and GM President Dan Ammann say the two companies began serious discussions about three months ago. Both executives see big changes coming in the traditional model of car ownership, and they had similar ideas about how to address it. "It felt very natural very quickly," Zimmer said. Ammann said the resulting partnership is unlike any other in the auto and tech industries. "Do we want to deploy the resources and people to do everything ourselves, or get there faster by working in partnership?" Ammann said. "We see a really compelling, complimentary set of capabilities." GM has made previous forays into the ride-sharing world. In 2011, GM invested $3 million in RelayRides and teamed up to let GM owners rent their cars to other drivers through the OnStar connectivity system. GM and RelayRides cut ties last year when RelayRides—now Turo—rebranded itself as a long-term car-sharing company, GM spokesman Dave Roman said. Some automakers are going alone. Daimler's Car2Go rents out tiny Smart cars in 28 European and U.S. cities. BMW is experimenting with renting out electric cars through its Drive Now service. Apple and Tesla are also believed to be developing their own autonomous software and ride-sharing schemes. Others are forming partnerships. Ford, for example, encourages owners in a handful of U.S. cities to rent cars through Getaround, a car-sharing service. Google, which is testing a small fleet of driverless cars, invested $250 million in Uber in 2013. Following its latest round of fundraising—which also included a $100 million investment from Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co.—privately held Lyft set its value at $5.5 billion. The company expects revenue of around $1 billion this year. By comparison, GM is valued at $53 billion and had $153 billion in revenue in 2014. GM's shares fell 2 percent to $33.31 on Monday. The major U.S. indices were all down more than 1.5 percent.


Sourcery Technologies Inc. has raised $5 million in venture funding for software that helps restaurateurs and corporate kitchens order from vendors, keep track of their inventory and costs, and figure out the appropriate prices for different ingredients. Marker LLC led Sourcery’s new round joined by Steadfast Venture Capital and the company’s earlier backers including Palantir and others. Sourcery co-founders Na’ama Moran (CEO) and Peretz Partensky explained that accounts payable is incredibly paper-driven in the restaurant business today. Most restaurants still place orders by phone and pay for them by check. With every single delivery that comes in to a restaurant, there is an invoice that can get lost, or stained. And when you have a restaurant with multiple locations it becomes even more complex. “All of this can make cash flow management really hard, and that’s unfortunately one reason why a lot of restaurants go out of business,” said Moran. According to Restaurant Reports guidelines, to achieve profitability, table service businesses should aim to keep food costs below 35% of their total costs. Sourcery allows restaurants to use the scanners they typically have on site to upload invoices or receipts and send them, by email, to Sourcery’s app, which extracts the data from them, and organizes it. Moran said the company plans to use its new funding to develop an accounts receivable feature for vendors—from large food service distributors to small local farms — that will automatically issue invoices, track them and bill customers through the app. Marker LLC Principal Lluis Pedragosa said Sourcery’s software-as-a-service felt inevitable: “While there has been a lot of consumer facing tech development in the food and hospitality space, we’ve seen fewer emerging solutions focused on the day-to-day business and financial needs of restaurant owners and operators.” The investor expects Sourcery to use its new venture funding to further develop its accounts payable app giving restaurants data insights and new enterprise features in the near term. Longer term, investors believe Sourcery has the potential to expand even beyond food and restaurants into other verticals. Moran said this could include helping restaurants purchase and keep track of spending on equipment or appliances, for example.


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Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has developed the Liquidmetal Hybrid Knife, manufactured of LM105 amorphous alloy by the Liquidmetal process. The 5.25-inch-long hybrid knife embodies a geometry that is not practical to produce with any other metalforming process. A 0.0005-inch fit between the blade and protector is made possible with the ultra-precise Liquidmetal process that can produce parts with features down to eight ten-thousands of an inch. The barrel hinge implemented utilizing Python programming results in an easy-to-assemble and disassemble two-piece knife with no weak points throughout the open-and-close rotation. The alloy provides as-molded 563 Vickers hardness (25% greater than 17-4PH stainless steel), 1524 MPa yield strength (twice that of titanium), and 1.8% elasticity (four times that of hardened 420 stainless steel). Cultivated by an abundance of scientific data, the hybrid knife and Liquidmetal process stand in a league of their own. Not to be overlooked, the artistic and distinctive design brings a powerful process and set of material properties to life. Liquidmetal also announces that it has shipped a pre-production order to CoNextions Medical for a key component to be used for suture-based tendon repairs. The initial parts delivery will be used to complete various tests, and will be followed by a full production shipment currently scheduled for early 2016. This delivery represents the ongoing manufacturing solutions for CoNextions design efforts that are taking advantage of the Liquidmetal materials and molding technology. In addition, Liquidmetal has received its formal ISO 9001:2008 certification, adding an important quality accreditation to the company. "Our business has a strong commitment to ongoing quality and customer satisfaction. Receiving our ISO certification exemplifies that," said Paul Hauck, Vice President of World-Wide Sales and Marketing. "Our ISO certification will help build customer confidence in our attention to quality." "The Liquidmetal organization did an admirable job implementing the ISO 9001 standard and passing its certification audit in an impressive 9 months," said Tom Steipp, CEO and President of Liquidmetal Technologies. "Achieving this result was no small undertaking. Every individual in the company played a critical role and it's a testament to the organization's focus on quality."

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