Intel Eyes Strategic Hub in the Home with Lantiq Acquisition

02 February 2015

Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire Germany-based Lantiq in an effort to expand the microprocessor giant’s role in the connected home by offering new products for broadband access gateways.

With the acquisition, Intel sees an opportunity to broaden its offerings and improve its position as a provider of broadband access solutions, according to an Intel spokeswoman. Through these product offerings, Intel said it can form a strategic hub for powering new Intel-based devices in the home, the spokeswoman told Electronics 360.

Lantiq is a provider of broadband access technology including xDSL with vectoring, G.Fast, fiber-based technology such as Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) and GPON, comprehensive gateway home networking and DSLTE systems, network processors and Ethernet and voice products. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With the Lantiq acquisition, Intel gains a telecom-focused home gateway team, an established telecommunications product line and next-generation network gateway technology to Intel’s own gateway and cable-focused DOCSIS product offerings, the spokeswoman said. Furthermore, while the deal will expand Intel’s cable residential gateway portfolio, it will also broaden the company’s reach into other gateways as well including DSL, Fiber, LTE, retail and the Internet of Things (IoT) smart routers.

Kirk Skaugen, senior VP and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group, said in a statement that Intel sees more than 800 million broadband connected households worldwide by 2018. The combination of Lantiq and Intel products will allow Intel to “introduce new home computing experiences and enable consumers to take advantage of a more smart and connected home,” Skaugen said.

Intel said it will have details on future products or a roadmap for products at a later date.

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