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Qualcomm Unveils Quick Chips, and Extends Tender Offer for NXP Shares

Qualcomm Inc. has taken the wraps off of chips for extra-fast Wi-Fi radio communication. The San Diego business plans to go to market with an end-to-end solution, offering chips for both network infrastructure and client devices. Samples ought to be available in the first half of 2017, the company said.

Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) said that the new type of Wi-Fi — dubbed 802.11ax — has four times the capacity and can send signals four times as fast as existing Wi-Fi. Qualcomm also said the new Wi-Fi standard is less taxing on device batteries.

In other Qualcomm news, the corporation extended its tender offer to acquire shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V. The new deadline for shareholders to tender their shares is March 7. The business wants to wrap up the acquisition by the end of 2017.

Technicians on Cyprus will see this when using NeuralStar to monitor the country’s telecom network. Photo courtesy of Kratos Defense

Kratos Lands Cyprus Deal

The sales force at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. has found business in an out-of-the-way spot: the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The island’s telecommunications authority has selected Kratos’ end-to-end network management suite to help with satellite ground operations. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Kratos’ satcom network operations business is providing its Compass product to monitor device health, and its NeuralStar SQM product to manage services across the international network. The network management suite will go into the Makarios Teleport, where Kratos’ Monics radio frequency monitoring system is already connected to more than 60 satellite antennas. Benefits of the new end-to-end system include the automation of manual tasks.

Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) also provides electronics to U.S. and allied militaries, and it is putting effort into a drone business. It employs 2,800 people in all of its business units.

Left, Tom Caldwell and right, Hal Lonas

Webroot Puts AI On Guard In New Security Products

Colorado-based Webroot Inc. announced a trio of new cybersecurity and threat intelligence products built with some significant help from its San Diego engineering office.

The products, which use artificial intelligence, have come on the market with the names Webroot FlowScape Analytics, Webroot BrightCloud Streaming Malware Detection and Webroot SecureAnywhere DNS Protection. Webroot has released beta versions of the latter two products and expects general availability in the spring.

Privately held Webroot bought San Diego’s CyberFlow Analytics last summer for undisclosed terms. Hal Lonas, Webroot’s chief technology officer, said its technology was attractive. CyberFlow’s technology is able to catch malicious network traffic in milliseconds, said Tom Caldwell, a CyberFlow co-founder who made the jump to Webroot. Both spoke to the Business Journal in October.

Webroot also bought San Diego’s BrightCloud in 2010. Webroot now has 58 employees in San Diego’s University Towne Center neighborhood, near the University of California, San Diego campus.

A change in current changes the color of Ostendo’s LED light. Photo courtesy of Ostendo Technologies

Ostendo In the Spotlight

Ostendo Technologies Inc. of Carlsbad said it has created an LED light that can go from red to green to blue, and is electrically tunable to all points in between (so amber and yellow are possible). CEO Hussein El-Ghoroury is one of three authors who wrote up the feat in an electronics trade magazine.LED stands for light emitting diode.

Ostendo reportedly has technology that is even more jaw-dropping: a chip that can project 3-D holograms. The company is keeping that one close to the vest, however. The business told federal regulators in October that it had raised $41.8 million in funding.

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