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Huawei acquires 4G RF chipset firm

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile broadband? acquisition? M4S? RF chipset?

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Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd is buying 4G chipset maker M4S NV, an IMEC spin-off that was formed in 2006 to commercialize IMEC's ADRES parallel processing DSP technology for use in software-defined radio.

After M4S was spun off from IMEC, it tried to raise funds but eventually became a subsidiary of USB dongle and data card supplier Option NV. Now, the China telecom equipment maker is purchasing the M4S from Option, a supplier of wireless broadband equipment, subsystems and software.

Huawei is acquiring all of M4S as part of a cooperation agreement with Option to develop mobile broadband technology for Europe, the company said. The purchase price was about $10.5 million, according to Will Strauss, principal analyst, Forward Concepts.

"The signing of this agreement concludes the process of finding an industrial partner for M4S we initiated earlier this year," explained Jan Callewaert, CEO of Option, in a statement issued by Huawei. In the same statement Guo Ping, executive VP and chairman of the board of Huawei, said: "The acquisition of M4S will enable Huawei to provide even more innovative mobile broadband devices, accelerate the commercialization of 4G services and support Europe's Digital Agenda ambition. M4S is currently working on a state-of-the-art 4G RF chipset and we believe M4S' strength in the chipset field will further strengthen our network of skilled engineers, our R&D capabilities and our ability to deliver increased value to our customers."

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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