Qualcomm and TDK Partner Up On RF Joint Venture
Qualcomm and TDK today said they've agreed to form a joint venture that will see the companies create RF front-end modules for a wide range of devices. The two companies have created a venture called RF360 Holdings, which will be the legal parent of the new firm. Qualcomm said it will combine its expertise in wireless technologies with TDK's micro-acoustic filtering to devise fully-integrated RF systems for phones, IoT gear, and other connected tech. Modern smartphones need to support multiple cellular frequency bands in addition to Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi. The ability to accurately filter out unneeded frequencies is paramount. The companies also agreed to collaborate on wireless charging and sensor technologies. Qualcomm and TDK believe this joint venture will be able to address the changing needs of the mobile industry.
TDK to Pick Up InvenSense for $1.33 Billion
TDK Corp has agreed to acquire InvenSense for $1.33 billion in cash. TDK is a Japan-based maker of electronic components.
Qualcomm Partners Up with Chinese Makers for 14nm Chips
Qualcomm plans to form a joint venture with Semiconductor Manufacturing International in China to develop 14nm chips. China's Huawei and Belgium's Imec will also participate in the venture.
Sprint Expands Retail Deal with Dixons Carphone to 500 Stores
Sprint today announced a joint venture between it and Dixons Carphone to open 500 Sprint stores around the U.S. The joint venture follows a pilot program the two companies launched last year that saw them test Dixons' best practices in some 20 Sprint stores.
Sprint Takes Control of 100 Stores from Dixons Carphone
Sprint today said it will acquire 100 retail stores that it has operated in partnership with Dixons Carphone since last year. The two companies created a joint venture in February 2016 that relied on retail know-how from Dixons Carphone to sell Sprint goods and services.
LG X Venture Delivers Inexpensive, Rugged Performance
LG today announced the X venture, an affordable Android smartphone that can take a beating. The phone has an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust, and a mil-spec 810g rating for durability against drops, bumps, scrapes, and other abuse.