u-blox buys 4G chip startup Cognovo for $16.5m
June 28, 2012 // Nick Flaherty
Swiss fabless chip designer u-blox is aiming to dominate the market for embedded 4G M2M devices by buying UK software defined radio (SDR) startup Cognovo for $16.5m.
Cognovo’s “Software Defined Modem” (SDM) technology and development tools quickly translate complex radio modem designs into fully characterized low-power semiconductor chips. The combination of technologies from Cognovo and the recently acquired 4M Wireless will 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.
With these acquisitions, u‑blox lays the groundwork for establishing a leading position in 4G wireless modems similar to the strategy that 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.
“This is a very exciting acquisition for u-blox as it positions us as an agile and cost-effective supplier of high-speed wireless modem products based on our own chip IP. This allows us to meet market demand for connected systems that require positioning, connectivity and application specific functionality on a single integrated circuit,” said Thomas Seiler, CEO of u-blox. “This new foundation broadens our serviceable market, and will increase our margins in the automotive, consumer and industrial sectors. Our first 4G product is planned for 2013.”
The market for 4G modems used for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications is predicted to grow rapidly, surpassing 20 million units by 2016.
“We are very pleased to deploy our SDM technology within u-blox”, said Dr Gordon Aspin, CEO at Cognovo. “With over 300 man-years of R&D invested in our SDM technology, this acquisition brings together the industry’s most advanced software modem development platform with some of the best IC design and GNSS engineers in the world. This will be an unbeatable team.”
Sony transforms eyewear into smart augmented reality devices
December 18, 2014
Sony Corporation has announced an attachable smartglass module featuring OLED technology that enables ordinary glasses to ...
Harman grabs hidden infotainment gem S1nn
Alps Electric puts cash into Qualtre
China VC lifts sensor startup to record funding
MIT discovers superconductor law
Infrared makes multi-finger gesture control affordable
December 18, 2014
Gesture control, already commonplace in consumer electronics, is also finding increasingly acceptance in the automotive environment. ...
Smart window tints and acts as transparent battery
Reference design spotlights high-power LED lighting applications
Tiny spectrometer targets IoT
- New life for Embedded systems in the Internet of Things
- Virtualization and the Internet of Things
- RF/Microwave Instrumentation “S” Series Amplifiers
- Application Guide to RF Coaxial Connectors and Cables
InterviewCEO interview: Bosch's IoT startup is all about the system
Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany), has been guiding the latest startup subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH since 2013 when he started the initiative ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten BeMicro Max 10 FPGA evaluation boards together with an integrated USB-Blaster, each package being worth 90 Euros, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Designed to get you started with using an FPGA, the BeMicro Max 10 adopts Altera's non-volatile MAX 10 FPGA built on 55-nm flash process.
The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to revolutionize...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.