Home » Uncategorized » Intel inside your smartphone; $1.4b buys Infineon’s Wireless Solutions business

Intel inside your smartphone; $1.4b buys Infineon’s Wireless Solutions business

Infineon Technologies’ Wireless Solution business has been acquired by Intel for approximately $1.4 billion, the companies announced late last night. The move comes just weeks after Intel’s announcement to buy McAfee for $7.68 billion, while also working on a deal to acquire the Texus Instruments’ cable modem division.

What’s all this mean? Intel plans to step up to smartphone production in a big way. Their acquisition of the Infineon’s Wireless Solutions (WLS) business will recover their ability to produce complete end-to-end solutions for smartphones. Once owners of their very own communication chips, Intel sold this portion of their business to Marvell back in 2006. That may have been the best move for them at the time, however now in a world of iPads and iPhone 4s with Infineon technology tucked inside, to compete with Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson Intel will need the ability to develop FM, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products all in one, the complete smartphone package.

“The global demand for wireless solutions continues to grow at an extraordinary rate. The acquisition of Infineon’s WLS (Wireless Solutions) business strengthens the second pillar of our computing strategy–Internet connectivity–and enables us to offer a portfolio of products that covers the full range of wireless options from Wi-Fi and 3G to WiMax and LTE (4G).” Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a statement.

Alongside wireless, Infineon manufacturers automobile logic chips, machines and in security solutions, such as passports. They have no immediate plans to sell off any remaining divisions of their company.

Intel’s move appears to strengthen the fact that the PC market is on shaky ground, evolution of their company is a requirement, and Intel has no problem making the necessary changes. It’s a smartphone world, and Intel wants to be inside.

About Fabrizio Pilato

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.