Adobe has announced a $4.75 billion deal to acquire marketing automation company Marketo. "We believe the combination of Adobe Experience Cloud's analytics, personalization and content solutions with Marketo's lead management, account-based marketing and attribution technology will make us the leading platform for all marketers," says Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.
Vonage is set to acquire NewVoiceMedia for $350 million in cash. The deal will be completed during the fourth quarter and will expand Vonage's presence as a provider of unified communications as a service and communications platform as a service.
An Eightfold.AI report found 73% of company executives say finding talent is a challenge, but 84% of employees stated they want to change jobs. A fair salary, positive company culture and enjoyable work were among the top reasons employees said they would stay at their current company.
DARPA's Spectrum Collaboration Challenge is aimed at exploring how artificial intelligence can make the wireless spectrum more efficient, says program manager Paul Tilghman. The competition has 20 competitors in its second phase and will conclude with a live stage show at the Mobile World Congress Americas 2019 event.
Samsung Electronics will reportedly trim plans to raise memory chip production capacity next year, reducing output to keep supplies tight while bolstering pricing for DRAMs and NAND flash memories. "There are only three major players left, and they have the power to control supplies," said Park Sung-shin of KTB Asset Management.
Analog Devices brought out the LT8708-1 line of bidirectional buck-boost switching regulator controllers, said to have 98% energy efficiency. Meant for use in all-electric autonomous vehicles, the chips can operate with 12-volt, 24V and 48V batteries.
Toshiba Memory and Western Digital formally dedicated the new Fab 6 in Mie, Japan, which will produce 3D NAND flash memory devices; construction of the facility began in February 2017. Adjacent to Fab 6 is the joint venture's memory research and development center, which opened in March.
Electric vehicles and other products are increasing demand for silicon carbide power semiconductors, leading producers of SiC-based devices to move from 4-inch wafers to 6-inch wafers to raise output. "SiC activities from the pioneers, such as Toyota and Tesla, have brought a lot of excitement and noise to the market," said Hong Lin of Yole Developpement.
Cryogenic etching technology seems to be ready to emerge from decades in R&D to provide production-level capability for making microelectromechanical system devices, 3D NAND flash memories and other ICs, this analysis notes. Lam Research's Rick Gottscho says of cryogenic etch, "It's been in the literature since the mid-1980s, but it was very much ahead of its time."
MagnaChip Semiconductor launched a multichannel miniature light-emitting diode driver for use in digital signs. The Mini LED Driver chip is said to be capable of concurrently driving 36-channel LEDs.