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Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business.

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Infineon Technologies today announced the acquisition of Merus Audio. The Copenhagen-based start-up was founded in 2010 by Hans Hasselby-Andersen and Mikkel Hoyerby. Merus Audio creates energy-efficient integrated audio amplifier solutions. They maximize audio performance and battery playback time for smart home and battery-powered speakers while minimizing heat and design space. After the integration of Merus Audio, Infineon will be able to offer its customers a comprehensive and leading-edge Class-D Audio amplifier portfolio addressing the most demanding applications. The technology complements Infineon’s existing PowIRAudio™ product line for power levels below ~70 Watt.

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Recreational diving is enjoyed by people around the world and diving with rebreather equipment is booming. Rebreather technology recirculates the air, removes the CO2 and tops up the oxygen level. As a result, a small tank of air and a small tank of oxygen is all that is needed, rather than big tanks of compressed air. Divers can dive safely to depths previously thought only possible by commercial divers and dives can also last much longer - several hours on one rebreather dive rather than thirty minutes or so on a scuba dive with compressed air. Rebreather diving can therefore be much more fun and productive. There are no bubbles to disturb the fish allowing photographers, filmmakers and marine biologists to get closer to the marine life than ever before.

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“Sensors for robotic vehicles will become industries of their own”, announces Yole Développement (Yole), the market research & strategy consulting company in its new analysis named Sensors for Robotic Vehicles. Growth rates are expected to be impressive. In 2017 production of robotic vehicles was in the range of a few hundred worldwide. Today, Yole is expecting production volumes to reach 3.1 million units annually, with cumulative production of 10.5 million units, by 2032. That market growth in excess of 2,500-fold, or 58% CAGR for the next 15 years.

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Intermediate declaration by the Board of Directors

Highlights for Q4 2017:
- Revenue of USD 154.1 million, down 3% year-on-year and up 10% quarter-on-quarter; above the
guidance of USD 147-153 million
- EBITDA of USD 31.1 million, up 25% year-on-year and up 16% quarter-on-quarter
- EBIT of USD 16.9 million, up 44% year-on-year and up 32% quarter-on-quarter
- Net profit of USD 32.0 million, up 144% year-on-year and up 43% quarter-on-quarter
- Earnings per share of USD 0.25

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