The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Intel’s acquisition of Altera finalized; NFC frontend; Rambus renews Toshiba license; Andes inks deals with M2Communcation.


Intel completed its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera this week. Check out our analysis of why this may be the most important M&A deal of 2015 for the semiconductor industry, and the challenges faced in making it work.

NXP uncorked its latest multi-protocol NFC frontend, incorporating ISO/IEC 15693, Felica, MIFARE and ISO/IEC 14443A/B. According to NXP, it delivers four times more output power than the previous generation.

Rambus’ patent license agreement with Toshiba was renewed for three years. The agreement covers a broad range of technologies from Rambus to cover products that include SoCs with DRAM memory controllers and/or serial link interfaces, as well as Flash Memory and system products.

Andes won a deal with M2Communcation, who will use the AndesCore N801 IP as the main computing resource for the latest in its family of MCUs designed for ultra-low-power wireless IoT applications.