Purchase of chip producer may face scrutiny by US government over security fears
An alleged offer by a company backed by the Chinese government to acquire US chip producer Micron Technology faces a considerable uphill battle before it can go ahead. Tsinghua Unigroup is reportedly proposing to acquire Micron, producer of NAND and DRAM and a RAM supplier to Apple, with the supposedly low reported price of $23 billion and concerns by regulators and US lawmakers likely to torpedo the potential sale to the Chinese company for the foreseeable future.
Pop Video pico projector lands for $99, with qHD
Pop Video has started taking pre-orders for its iPhone pico projector. The $99 is shipped by Crucial.com on behalf of well-known semi-conductor maker Micron Technology. The pint-sized device offers a qHD (960x540) resolution and, as the video embedded below shows, the device easily slots into the 30-pin iPhone dock but will work best only in darkened conditions. The device will work for up two hours on a single charge and is supplemented by an iPhone app (Free, iTunes) that offers additional functionality.
Companies threatened by Korean competitors
Chip makers Elpida Memory and Micron Technology are reportedly set to join forces in the memory market. The companies are said to be attempting to combine their production capabilities, which would give the partnership approximately 20 percent market share for DRAM components.
SSD Form Factor Working Group aims to improve SSD
A newly-formed SSD Form Factor Working Group has been formed, with the aim of bringing out a PCI Express-based SSD standard. Made up of promoter members Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel, the group will focus on enterprise customers who need ever-higher performance storage that is cost effective and easy to use. While PCIe based SSDs are available now, they aren't simple and are usually reserved for servers, workstations and very high-end gamers.