Qualcomm and BlackBerry are growing their partnership to include efforts in the connected-automotive market. BlackBerry has developed a software that runs complex systems in vehicles, but announced it will use Qualcomm hardware technology for such things as electronic control gateways, virtual cockpit controllers and infotainment systems.
The EU is expected to send a submission to the US Supreme Court regarding the case involving Microsoft's data-protection services. Although the document is not expected to support either party involved in the litigation, critics are concerned that the case could make customers uneasy about using cloud services.
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Qualcomm and MediaTek will provide system-on-a-chip devices for Android Oreo (Go edition), Google's mobile operating system for entry-level smartphones. MediaTek says its MT6739, MT6737, MT6580 and other SoCs have board support packages for Android Go, which has Go versions of the main Google app, Google Maps, Gmail and Google Assistant.
Toshiba and Western Digital have reached an agreement in principle to resolve the legal dispute over Toshiba's proposed $18 billion sale of its semiconductor business to a bidding consortium led by Bain Capital, Reuters reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of the talks. A framework for a legal settlement has reportedly been approved by the Toshiba board, with the goal of coming to a final deal next week.
Fujitsu has made it possible to bond single-crystal diamond material to a silicon carbide substrate at room temperature. The advance will help improve heat dissipation in high-power gallium nitride high-electron-mobility transistors, making them more stable, it was said.
Researchers in Germany report an advance in lithium plating, a process that can limit the charging current in lithium-ion batteries and sometimes lead to those batteries catching fire. The team used electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to uncover previously unknown aspects of the lithium plating process.