Intel has acquired the Infineon Technologies Wireless Solutions (WLS) business.
WLS is a provider of cellular platforms to top-tier global phone makers and is part of Intel's strategy to accelerate always-connected computing platforms that span a variety of device and market segments including laptops, cars, smart phones, tablets and smart TVs.
The business enhances Intel's existing communication portfolio with wireless mobility and cellular platforms, bringing together Intel's strengths in WiFi and 4-G WiMAX with WLS' leadership in 2-G and 3-G, and a combined path to accelerate 4-G LTE. Collectively these building blocks further support Intel's move to serve a broader array of customers and market segments with best-in-class computing solutions founded on energy-efficient performance, Internet connectivity and security.
“As computing spreads across a range of connected devices including new categories being created almost daily, we must be ready to support the next billion devices across multiple networks with smart, secure and computing experiences,” said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel Executive VP and Cogeneral Manager of the Intel Architecture Group. “The acquisition brings to Intel a wireless portfolio and a proven track record in cellular communications, combined with our existing strength in computing positions us well for future growth.”
The new wireless business will now be called Intel Mobile Communications (IMC) and will operate as a standalone business entity within Intel's Architecture Group to enable continuity of existing customer sales, projects and support including ARM-based products.
“With the projected growth of mobile computing and its convergence with wireless device market segments, it is our intent to rapidly apply Intel's resources and assets to further grow our wireless business and move IMC into a leadership position,” said Hermann Eul, President of Intel Mobile Communications. “As we enter an era of multicommunication solutions, IMC's products and technologies will be integral to connecting a breadth of Intel and ARM-based mobile devices.”