Qualcomm Grabs Ikanos to Further Enable the Internet of Things

07 August 2015

Qualcomm Inc. is looking to shore up its home gateway portfolio in the carrier segment by acquiring networking semiconductor vendor Ikanos Communications.

The deal, which is valued at about $47 million, will expand Qualcomm’s line of semiconductors in the carrier fixed line segment as well as the high performance broadband access and modem technologies market. Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, will absorb Ikanos leading to combined products that will help enable the Internet of Things (IoT).

“The combination of Qualcomm Atheros' broad home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos' advanced wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for a wide range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment,” says Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager of connectivity at Qualcomm, in a statement.

With the acquisition, Qualcomm Atheros now has access to technologies such as A/VDSL2, G.fast modem technology and chipsets for consumer premises equipment (CPE) and central office (CO) infrastructure. Furthermore, Qualcomm Atheros gains Ikanos’ multi-mode gateway processor and accelerator technology for fiber, Long Term Evolution (LTE), Ethernet and hybrid-copper applications.

Qualcomm Atheros and Ikanos have a history of collaboration in the past and the merged company will move to accelerate its strategy for the connected home and to move the home gateway forward as a way to create new carrier applications and services, Qualcomm says.

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