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M&As that pushed the Internet of Things

Posted: 12 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IoT? mergers and acquisitions? smart homes? Internet of Things?

Qualcomm gets CSR

Why this is important:

Qualcomm Inc. announced plans to buy CSR in October for $2.5 billion in October. The world's largest cell phone chip vendor has been motivated to extend its presence beyond the mobile world to automotive, smart homes and the Internet of Things.

The backstory is that Microchip first began negotiating a deal with CSR during the summer. However, CSR rejected Microchip's overtures, saying the offer was too low. (That price was not disclosed.)

Some financial analysts deemed Qualcomm's move to buy CSR "a surprise offer," because Qualcomm acquired connectivity technology through the 2011 acquisition of Atheros. But Atheros's technology has mainly been embedded in mobile handsets alongside Qualcomm's radio and processor solutions.

CSR has rock-solid Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy technologies that are used in portable, automotive, and wearable devices. Beyond CSR's own indoor location technology, what might have piqued Qualcomm's interest is CSR-developed mesh technology, called CSRmesh. It's a Bluetooth-based mesh technology described by some observers as a potential ZigBee killer.

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Announced: October 2014

Size of deal: $2.5 billion


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