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US backs MIT-led research into wearable devices

By Jon Chesto Globe Staff 

A consortium of colleges and businesses led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has won a national competition to host a novel federally funded research program to turn clothing fibers and fabrics into wearable electronic devices…

“Here is a bold vision that’s not just manufacturing stuff that we know about but also enabling a whole new interpretation of the fabric industry,” said Yoel Fink, director of the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, who will lead the effort.

From Fink’s perspective, the possibilities are essentially endless. Clothing fibers could be designed to change color, monitor health, or even store energy.

The federal government has pledged $75 million to the effort over five years, while the Baker administration pledged to provide up to $40 million in state funds, with additional money coming from members of the consortium that could push the total contributions to more than $300 million.



Massachusetts chip maker Skyworks Solutions to buy California rival for $2B

David Harris, Boston Business Journal

“With our acquisition of PMC, Skyworks will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive demand for high performance solutions that seamlessly connect, transport and store big data,” said David J. Aldrich, chairman and chief executive officer of Skyworks, in a statement.

Sunnyvale, California-based PMC had 1,442 employees as of the end of last year, while Skyworks had 5,550 employees.