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Intel to gain LTE bulk

Posted: 10 Nov 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE  wireless  base band 

Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being bought by Intel Corp., is looking to acquire Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications founded in 2008. Concluding a funding round in 2009, Blue Wonder, a provider of LTE IP claims to have orders for its technology.

Infineon's wireless business unit has been working with Blue Wonder for about 18 months on the development of base band technologies for the LTE mobile standard, Infineon said.

"Blue Wonder's special LTE know-how complements the long-standing LTE development activities of WLS. Infineon WLS will take over all the employees of Blue Wonder Communications, a 50-person company. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the price or further details of the transaction," said a spokesman for Infineon.

Meanwhile Intel is acquiring Infineon's wireless business for Rs.6,253.82 crore ($1.4 billion) in cash with the deal expected to close in Q1 2011.

"In effect Intel bulks up more in LTE cellular," said Will Strauss, president and principal analyst with Forward Concepts. Strauss added that Blue Wonder has been creating its solutions by using multiple Tensilica DSP cores along with 4G software stacks from 4M Wireless Ltd and SySDSoft Inc.

The 4G mobile standard LTE is the successor to 3G/HSPA and provides for a 150Mbit/s downlink and 50Mbit/s uplink.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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