Qualcomm has acquired fabless semiconductor company Black Sand Technologies, Light Reading has learned.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) confirmed that it acquired the Austin-based company on June 18, but terms of the deal were not revealed. Black Sand Technologies builds advanced power amplifier technology for wireless applications.
According to a source familiar with the deal, it also has the largest related IP portfolio in the industry, which is likely as important to chip giant Qualcomm as the technology itself. (See Qualcomm Buys HP Mobile Patents.)
Black Sand was founded in 2005 and had raised $28.2 million in funding. Qualcomm's shares were trading down 2% to $78.76 after the close of market Tuesday.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.