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Intel to acquire Lantiq, expands broadband gateway business

Posted: 03 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband  LTE  IoT  home networking technologies 

Intel Corp. revealed its decision to buy Lantiq, a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies based in Munich, Germany. Terms of the acquisition were not yet disclosed.

By leveraging Lantiq—armed with extensive DSL solutions and a strong patent portfolio related to broadband communications, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based CPU giant hopes to put itself on the map for global broadband gateway business. Intel plans to expand the company's current cable residential gateway business to others, including "DSL, Fibre, LTE, retail and IoT smart routers," according to Intel.

Lantiq's presence in the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) is believed to be particularly attractive to Intel, who wants to be in the market for next-generation gateways that connect a variety of devices and services at home.

Lantiq, formerly Infineon Technologies' wireline communication div., was sold in the summer of 2009 to the U.S. investor Golden Gate Capital and became an independent company.

Dan Artusi, originally from Golden Gate Capital, became Lantiq's CEO since 2012. Since then, the American CEO has brought to the German team much needed focus, momentum and drive to win the global market.

Loyal MIPS user

One thing to note about Lantiq is that it is a loyal user of MIPS processing cores, now owned by Imagination Technologies.

Since it licensed MIPS CPUs early 2000, the broadband chip company, specialised in telecoms, broadband CPE, routers and home gateways, has been shipping communications processors in large volumes—over 200 million chips, according to Artusi who spoke at the Imagination Summit last summer.

Last May, together with Broadcom, Cavium, Ikanos, PMC-Sierra, Qualcomm and others, Lantiq became one of the10 founders of a consortium called prpl (pronounced purple), designed to develop standard implementations of a wide range of open-source code for MIPS.

How Intel's acquisition would affect Lantiq's participation in prpl remains unknown.

Leading in the gateway market

One thing for sure about the acquisition is that Intel will inherit a number of Lantiq's network processors, designed to develop fast and flexible gateways for network equipment manufacturers and service providers.

Lantiq's recent examples include the industry's first resident gateway reference design built around G-fast announced last fall.

Lantiq's GRX330 multi-core networking processing unit with Gigabit routing performance provides "maximum flexibility in CPE design and deployment," according to Lantiq. The reference design also includes an embedded 11n offloading engine, maximised 802.11ac Wi-Fi throughput, Gigabit Ethernet switch and PHYs, carrier grade VoIP and built-in G.fast chipsets from Sckipio Technologies, a supplier of G.fast modems.

Lantiq also showed off at the International Consumer Electronics Show last month a home gateway chip equipped with unique virtualisation and system security features.


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