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Qualcomm buys Ikanos for $47m, gets access to gateway technology

Qualcomm Atheros has acquired Ikanos Communications, a developer of broadband networking semiconductor and software, in a deal that values it at around $47million. According to the company, the deal will broaden Atheros' presence in the carrier fixed line segment through the addition of high performance broadband access and modem technologies, including home gateways.

"Qualcomm Atheros has always viewed the home gateway as the enabler for consumers to not only access the Internet for browsing and downloading content and video streaming, but also as the hub of the Internet in the home for a variety of reliable and high quality services," said Rahul Patel, general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies. "The combination of Qualcomm Atheros' broad home gateway IP portfolio and Ikanos' wired modem technology is designed to create a complete solution for a range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment."

The deal is said to bring a range of technologies into the Atheros stable, including A/VDSL2 and G.fast modem technology and chipsets, and multimode gateway processor and accelerator technology.

"Qualcomm Atheros and Ikanos have a long history of collaboration in the carrier space and share a common vision for the connected home," said Ikanos' president and chief executive officer Omid Tahernia. "Bringing the two companies together enables Qualcomm Atheros to accelerate the implementation of its strategy for the connected home and to move the home gateway forward as a key enabler for new carrier applications and services."

Graham Pitcher

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

Date: 07.08.2015
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