Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified its version 5, which includes a modular set of optional extensions for throughput, range, and other features. Chip makers, including Cypress and Nordic, are already sampling parts supporting the specs that do not include mesh networking, a piece delayed until mid-2017. The specs define…

M&A Takes New Twists

The volume of mergers and acquisitions in the last two years has far surpassed historical records. But now the quality of the deals is changing, too For example, Macom’s bid for Applied Micro and Broadcom’s for Brocade are like private equity transactions. The buyers aim to carve up the companies, taking the profitable bits and…

15 Views of Printed Electronics

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Printed, flexible electronics are slowly moving forward on a number of fronts, according to speakers and exhibitors at the annual IDTechEx event. U.S. and China governments are funding small, separate research efforts that will have prototype production lines running next year. E-textile companies are making in-roads in specialty garments. Printed NFC…