Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing has admitted that incorporating Motorola Mobility into the Chinese electronics-maker's fold proved a tougher job than expected in saying the company is predicting continued smartphone losses in the "short term." The turnaround plan includes a heavy push for high-end handsets in the US. Lenovo will unveil a pair of smartphones at a June 9 event, Yang said.
Internet of Things startup Netatmo has debuted its developer platform, which is aimed at increasing the number of apps that work with its products. With 14,000 developers already using Netatmo's APIs, the company will focus on giving developers access to its weather station, smart thermostats and cameras and increasing its enterprise customer base.
Semiconductor manufacturing technology needs "a breakthrough innovation" as Moore's Law sputters to its inevitable end, Infineon Technologies CEO Reinhard Ploss said Thursday at imec's ITF2016 conference in Brussels. "The semiconductor industry has evolved from providing integrated circuits to integrating systems," he said, adding, "It is part of the drive towards progressive integration."
Health and wellness apps marketed directly to consumers do not fall under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy rules, but apps linked to a health plan or health care provider may be covered, says Fenwick & West attorney Stefano Quintini. Determining if an app falls under HIPAA can depend on whether a company offers it as part of its employer-sponsored benefits or as a wellness benefit available to all employees, Quintini says.
Semiconductor firm Intel has purchased a startup to help it develop more products of the future, including self-driving cars. The acquisition of software maker Itseez will add Internet of Things and other capabilities to Intel's toolkit. "While the possibilities are exciting, the reality requires solving a myriad of technology challenges," Intel's Doug Davis wrote in a blog post.
GameStop revenue slipped 4.3% in its fiscal first quarter. Net income dipped to $65.8 million, from $73.8 million the year before.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Siliconware Precision Industries agreed to merge their operations through a new holding company, creating what will be the world's largest provider of chip assembly and testing services. ASE will pay $3.6 billion to acquire the 67.71% of SPIL's shares that it does not own.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will complete customer qualifications for chips with 7-nanometer dimensions in the first quarter of 2017, followed a year later by volume production of 7nm ICs, according to Mark Liu, president and co-CEO of the foundry. TSMC said it has 20 customers involved in "intensive design engagement" for 7nm chips.
Researchers in China and the UK report the accidental discovery of how an ionic additive can boost the charge-carrier mobility in conjugated polymer thin films. This advance could potentially affect the development of organic field-effect transistors, organic light-emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics for Internet of Things devices, wearable electronics and other applications.
Quantum dots could replace organic light-emitting diodes in displays, and may prove useful in memory chips and solar batteries, according to Samsung Electronics. "I believe that the quantum dot is the company's new growth engine," Samsung's Chang Hyuk said Thursday at a conference in South Korea.
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