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MACOM Completes Acquisition of AppliedMicro

MACOM completed its acquisition of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation on January 26, 2017. The deal strengthens MACOM’s portfolio for the data center market, adding OTN framers, MACsec Ethernet networking components and a single-lambda PAM4 platform.


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Surging Wi-Fi Traffic and New IoT Applications to Spike Wireless IC Shipments by 54% by 2020

Surging Wi-Fi traffic, new uses cases, and emerging IoT applications will result in a nearly 54% increase in wireless IC shipments by 2020, forecasts ABI Research. The short-range wireless connectivity market technologies—including ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, and NFC—will continue to evolve to meet new market demands, as evident with various new and upcoming enhancements. 


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Qorvo Introduces Industry’s Smallest and Most Power-Efficient Family of Wi-Fi Front-End Modules

Qorvo® has introduced a new family of 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Front-End Modules (FEM) that pave the way for smaller, more energy-efficient wireless routers, gateways and other networked devices in the home. The seven new FEMs support high-bandwidth throughput with minimal power consumption in a small form factor and maximum reliable range.


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OneWeb Raises $1.2 Billion to Fund Satellite Production

OneWeb MicrosatelliteOneWeb Ltd., founded in 2012 with the goal of providing affordable internet access for everyone on the planet using a constellation of 720 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, announced it has secured $1.2 billion to fund satellite development and the construction of a high volume satellite production facility in Exploration Park, Fla.


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