The Justice Department has sued in U.S. District Court to block a proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, a combination that would create the world's biggest airline. The merger would give four carriers control of more than 80% of commercial air travel in the U.S. "It looks pretty bad for consumers," said William Baer, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's antitrust division.
Samsung Electronics has put into production two solid-state drives, offering 480 gigabytes and 960GB of data storage, using its three-dimensional Vertical NAND flash memory devices. The SSDs are meant to be used in data centers and enterprise servers.
Intel has brought out reference designs for Android tablet computers with 7-inch and 10-inch displays, utilizing its low-power Atom processors. The software included with the reference designs indicates that the chipmaker is targeting the education market.
Silicon Motion Technology is sampling its low-power SM2246EN SATA 3.1 solid-state drive controller chip, which supports NAND flash memory devices from leading memory chipmakers. The part will go into volume production in this quarter, the company said.