Etihad Airways takes over UK frequent flyer programme TopBonus

Etihad Airways PJSC, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, plans to pursue an acquisition of UK’s TopBonus Ltd, the frequent flyer programme of Germany-based air carrier Air Berlin Plc (ETR:AB1), a regulatory filing shows.

The filing was submitted with the Austrian Cartel Authority on Wednesday. The anti-trust body previously announced it was aware of the plans for the amalgamation.

The German airline, in which Etihad holds a 29.12% interest, said last month it was in advanced negotiations on an offload of a majority stake in TopBonus, without naming a potential buyer. Through the disposal, Air Berlin hopes to trim its operating loss for this year, it had said.

Etihad Airways is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The company began commercial operations in November 2003.

Air Berlin operates a fleet of 158 aircraft and has a workforce of 9,300. It flies to 170 destinations in 40 countries.

Qualcomm Atheros brings ultra-low power near field communication chip for mobile devices

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., introduced a new ultra-low power near field communication solution that will enable mobile devices with contactless communications and data exchange, including next-generation mobile payments.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., introduced a new ultra-low power near field communication solution that will enable mobile devices with contactless communications and data exchange, including next-generation mobile payments.

The QCA1990 is the industry’s smallest, ultra-low power system-on-chip with an overall footprint that is 50 percent smaller than current NFC chips available in the market. When paired with Qualcomm Atheros’ WCN3680 1-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chip, the QCA1990 will enable seamless user experiences in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics markets.

The QCA1990 offers platform-level integration with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and next-generation processors and modems to seamlessly enable NFC on Qualcomm’s OEM partner smartphones and tablets. The QCA1990 software stack complies with the NFC Forum Controller Interface and is fully integrated to enable faster time-to-market for customers. Its state-of-the-art radio frequency performance exceeds requirements established by EMVCo and the NFC Forum. With supported antenna form factors that are eight times smaller than current market offerings, QCA1990 offers significant cost savings for OEMs to integrate NFC at a significantly lower price point.

As consumers continue to rely more on their mobile devices for new and extended applications, battery drain can be a significant issue; the QCA1990 employs extremely low-power polling algorithms to prolong battery life. The QCA1990 also offers a wide range of secure element options, both embedded and SIM-based, while supporting multiple secure elements concurrently, including support for a dual-SIM configuration.

Qualcomm is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.