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u-blox spends $16.5M for U.K. 4G startup

Posted: 03 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software defined modem? software defined radio? 4G M2M?

Swiss fabless chip designer u-blox has started to make moves in an attempt to dominate the market for embedded 4G M2M devices by buying UK software defined radio (SDR) startup Cognovo for $16.5m.

Swiss fabless chip designer u-blox has purchased 4g chip start up Cognovo for $16.5m. with this move, U-blox looks to dominate the market for embedded 4g M2M devices by utilizing the UK company's "Software Defined Modem"(SDM).

SDM technology and development tools have the ability to quickly translate complex radio modem designs into fully characterized low-power semiconductor chips. The addition of technologies from Cognovo and the recently acquired 4M wireless should result in a new wireless modem platform based on IP owned by u-blox for the 4G M2M market.

Cognovo has 30 staff in Cambridge, UK, and has already demonstrated their SDM baseband chip running high-speed 4G cellular functionality working with the LTE protocol stack from 4M Wireless. These acquisitions allow u-blox to lay down the groundwork for establishing a foothold in 4G wireless modems, duplicating the game plan u-blox followed to become the market leader in GPS/GNSS modules. The acquisition extends u-blox' chip design capabilities to create differentiated products for strategic markets that require 4G communications combined with global positioning. The market for 4G modems used for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications is predicted to grow rapidly, surpassing 20 million units by 2016.

Nick Flaherty
??EETimes Europe

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