To Pressure Cuba, Trump Plans to Lift Limits on American Lawsuits

The New York Time | April 16, 2019

To Pressure Cuba, Trump Plans to Lift Limits on American Lawsuits
President Trump has approved a move intended to further choke off foreign investment in Cuba by lifting longstanding limits on American citizens seeking to sue over property confiscated by the Havana government going back to Fidel Castro’s revolution six decades ago, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. The decision, a sharp departure from the policy of the last three presidents, could open the floodgates to thousands of lawsuits against foreign companies and individuals accused of “trafficking” in seized property. By doing so, Mr. Trump hopes to raise the pressure on Cuba, but risks another rupture with American allies in Europe and Canada that scrambled in vain in recent days to head off the change.

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InterDigital | March 31, 2021

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile and video application research and development firm, today confirmed the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, a revolutionary program created to align InterDigital's 5G experience and innovative technology solutions with the evolving requirements of U.S. government entities. This initiative shows the relevance of 5G and next-generation wireless research to government departments and policy priorities. The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions aligns favorably with InterDigital's long-term wireless research and planning, while also providing essential expertise to government entities. InterDigital, as a U.S.-based pioneer in 5G and 6G research, is uniquely qualified to collaborate with government and existing security sector vendors to promote new U.S. government efforts for 5G defense growth. This effort makes use of world-class engineers and expertise from InterDigital's U.S. wireless lab to promote a wide range of diverse government contracts and 5G defense implementations in Open RAN, mmWave, mesh networking, edge computing, and other areas. “With the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, we have built a resource to support the highly complicated technical considerations that modern governments face,” said Jim Nolan, EVP of InterDigital. “It is important for the country's long-term security and prosperity that our government and military agencies have specialized technological capabilities and business funding. We are very excited to bring our 5G and emerging wireless technologies and expertise to a vital new market.” InterDigital was recently awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DOD) to partner with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) to safely deliver spectrum sharing technologies on a 5G network. The contract directly covered the advancement of technology to advance 5G-enabled dynamic spectrum sharing between Air Force radars and 5G wireless networks at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz range. “InterDigital has a long history in helping government departments, stretching back to the 1980s with the Reagan Ranch, the 1990s with Desert Storm, and some other engagements over the years that have seen our leadership of several generations in wireless technology put to the benefit of our country,” said Eric Cohen, InterDigital's Chief Development Officer. “The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions adds a new degree of commitment to those activities, and comes at a time when 5G and 6G solutions are receiving a lot of attention in U.S. government circles.” About InterDigital InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of the world's devices, networks, and utilities. Many of the industry's most important and challenging technological problems are solved by them, inventing solutions for more reliable wireless networks, improved video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years before commercial launch. Many of the world's top technology firms have licenses and corporate partnerships with InterDigital. InterDigital was established in 1972 and is a member of the S&P MidCap 400® index.

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N2WS and DLT Solutions Partner to Bring Enterprise Data Protection for Amazon Web Services to the Public Sector

N2W Software | February 24, 2021

N2WS (N2W Software), a pioneer in reinforcement and fiasco recuperation for Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced it has signed a concurrence with DLT Solutions, a completely possessed auxiliary of Tech Data and a head government innovation solutions aggregator. The partnership will additionally solidify N2WS's obligation to the public area, improves on acquisition and allows DLT's to channel partners profit by the full arrangement of N2WS abilities. "Many public sector organizations rely on N2WS Backup & Recovery to keep their systems available," said Ohad Kritz, chief executive officer, N2WS. "Our collaboration with DLT empowers channel partners to leverage DLT's industry expertise, and N2WS solutions, to easily protect large deployments while retaining full data sovereignty and governance." As open area associations move to the cloud, they are tested with overseeing complex responsibilities with exacting recuperation time objective (RTO), consistence and data sway necessities. With N2WS Backup and Recovery they can serenely meet these goals and influence incredible mechanization abilities to keep touchy data secure and accessible. "As cloud adoption accelerates across the public sector, organizations must be confident that critical data is secure and any downtime is mitigated in near real time," said Chris Wilkinson, president, DLT Solutions, a Tech Data company. "The addition of N2WS Backup & Recovery to DLT's portfolio provides our channel partners, and their government and education customers, with a cloud-first tool that provides improved data visibility and is flexible, cost-effective and secure." About DLT Solutions DLT Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data, the world's leading end-to-end distributor of technology products, services and solutions. DLT is the premier government solutions aggregator that specializes in understanding the IT needs of the federal, state, local and education markets. We help simplify the process for independent software vendors, federal systems integrators and value-added resellers doing business in the public sector. Leveraging Tech Data's end-to-end portfolio, an extensive array of public sector contract vehicles, and dedicated channel and enablement services, DLT provides government agencies and channel partners with the means to rapidly and cost effectively transform technology to achieve mission success.

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Intel Wins US Government Project to Develop Leading-Edge Foundry Ecosystem

Intel | August 23, 2021

What’s New:The U.S. Department of Defense, through the NSTXL consortium-based S2MARTS OTA, has awarded Intel an agreement to provide commercial foundry services in the first phase of its multi-phase Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial (RAMP-C) program. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a U.S.-based commercial semiconductor foundry ecosystem to fabricate the assured leading-edge custom and integrated circuits and commercial products required for critical Department of Defense systems. Intel Foundry Services, Intel’s dedicated foundry business launched this year, will lead the work. “One of the most profound lessons of the past year is the strategic importance of semiconductors, and the value to the United States of having a strong domestic semiconductor industry. Intel is the sole American company both designing and manufacturing logic semiconductors at the leading edge of technology. When we launched Intel Foundry Services earlier this year, we were excited to have the opportunity to make our capabilities available to a wider range of partners, including in the U.S. government, and it is great to see that potential being fulfilled through programs like RAMP-C.” – Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO How It Works: Intel Foundry Services will partner with industry leaders, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, to support the U.S. government’s needs for designing and manufacturing assured integrated circuits by establishing and demonstrating a semiconductor IP ecosystem to develop and fabricate test chips on Intel 18A, Intel’s most advanced process technology. “The RAMP-C program will enable both commercial foundry customers and the Department of Defense to take advantage of Intel’s significant investments in leading-edge process technologies,” said Randhir Thakur, Intel Foundry Services president. “Along with our customers and ecosystem partners, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, we will help bolster the domestic semiconductor supply chain and ensure the United States maintains leadership in both R&D and advanced manufacturing. We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the U.S. government as we deliver RAMP-C program milestones.” Intel recently announced plans to become a major provider of U.S.-based capacity for foundry customers, including an investment of approximately $20 billion to build two new factories in Arizona. These fabs will provide committed capacity for foundry customers and support expanding requirements for Intel products. Why It’s Important: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has recently sought to diversify its approach to securing advanced microprocessors by leveraging commercially available technologies developed by U.S. companies. Other than Intel, the majority of U.S.-based chip designers are fabless, which means they design and sell integrated circuits that are fabricated by contract manufacturers called foundries. Today, more than 80 percent of leading-edge manufacturing capacity is concentrated in Asia1, leaving the DOD with limited onshore access to foundry technology capable of meeting the country’s long-term needs for secure microelectronics. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a commercially viable onshore foundry ecosystem that will ensure DOD access to leading-edge technology, while allowing the defense industrial base to leverage the benefits of high-volume semiconductor manufacturing and design infrastructure of commercial partners like Intel. About the Broader Efforts: The RAMP-C program is part of a larger initiative to strengthen government supply chain security and accelerate U.S. leadership across the full spectrum of integrated circuit design, manufacturing and packaging. In October 2020, DOD launched the RAMP program using the Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project Phase 1 Other Transaction Authority. RAMP advances and demonstrates commercial leading-edge physical “back-end” assured design methods that transform a high-level chip design into the complex, technology-specific polygon form that is required as input for the wafer fabrication process. Intel is a participant in this project. Last year, DOD also awarded Intel the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program. The SHIP program enables the U.S. government to access Intel’s U.S. advanced semiconductor packaging capabilities with the goal of developing new approaches toward measurably secure, heterogeneous integration and test of advanced packaging solutions. SHIP will develop the capability to use advanced commercial technology to package and test the integrated circuits designed in RAMP and fabricated through RAMP-C. About Intel Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.

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