AM signals: Fairchild offer, racetrack memory, autonomous ships

Dec. 9, 2015

Companies could benefit from having more women on their boards of directors, according to MSCI. The firm reports, “Our latest research shows that companies in the MSCI World Index with strong female leadership generated a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without, as of September 9, 2015, though we could not establish causality.”

Reuters is reporting that Fairchild Semiconductor has received an unsolicited offer to buy the company for about $2.46 billion, or $21.70 per share. That exceeds ON Semiconductor’s previously reported offer of $20 per share.

Researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Leeds are working to develop racetrack memory, which uses lines on nanowires to store information. Electronics Weekly reports that the researchers are using electron microscopy to investigate thin films deposited by sputtering platinum, cobalt, and aluminum oxide.

Democratic members of Congress are at odds with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, appointed by President Obama. The Hill reports contention over FCC collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission on matters of privacy. Republicans are at odds with Wheeler over issues related to net neutrality.

Autonomous cars get lots of headlines—autonomous ships, not so much. But now the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium, scheduled for June 21-23, 2016, in Amsterdam, is looking to bring together ship designers, fleet owners, naval architects, classification societies, equipment manufacturers, and maritime research organizations to discuss the technological and legal developments necessary to make unmanned ships a reality. Organizers have issued a call for papers on topics ranging from cybersecurity to the reliability testing of hardware and software systems.

“The American economy has gone digital,” write Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane at Brookings. Yet nearly a quarter of American households lack the broadband Internet connection necessary to participate in the digital economy. They add, “…completing the transition to an all-digital economy will be impossible until broadband adoption looks ubiquitous like water and electricity infrastructure.”

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