As part of Intel’s plan to become stronger and boost its presence in the smart-phone market, they have recently announced Infineon’s wireless unit – Technologies’ Wireless Solutions – will be bought for $1.4 billion.

Infineon is a Germany-based chipset major provider for Nokia, Apple, Samsung and others. Last year it ranked fourth in cellular baseband shipments with a 10.7% share.

(From Cnet)

Intel said its goal is to expand mobile and embedded product offerings in the areas of smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and embedded computing devices. “Through this effort, Intel will pair WLS’ best-in-class cellular technology with its core strengths to enable the delivery of low-power, Intel-based platforms that combine its applications processor with an expanded portfolio of wireless options,” Intel said. An application processor is the main processor inside of a smartphone.

The chipmaker expects the wireless unit to remain a standalone business to support existing customers, including those with ARM-based products as well as Intel-based application processor platforms with 3G solutions.

The Intel-Infineon deal comes on the heels of Intel’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy security software vendor McAfee for $7.68 billion. Intel also has a deal in the works to acquire the cable modem unit of Texas Instruments for an undisclosed sum.


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