Infineon acquires ultra-wideband pioneer 3db Access

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Infineon Technologies has acquired the Zurich-based start-up 3db Access (3db), a developer of secured low power Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology.

The acquisition will strengthen Infineon’s portfolio for secured smart access, precise localisation and enhanced sensing.

Infineon now adds UWB to its connectivity range including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth /Bluetooth  Low Energy and NFC solutions.

The first set of IoT use cases include secured access and authentication, accurate location tracking and indoor navigation, as well as presence detection utilising UWB radar implementations.

Infineon is acquiring 100 percent of the company’s shares. The parties have agreed not to disclose the amount of the transaction.

“The expertise of 3db in Ultra-Wideband technology accelerates Infineon’s IoT roadmap for leveraging the market opportunities of secured, connected devices. Our combined strengths enable the UWB roll-out to address additional automotive, industrial and consumer IoT applications as the next logical step,” said Thomas Rosteck, President of Infineon’s Connected Secure Systems division.

ABI Research expects the UWB chipset market to grow at an annual 13 percent, amounting to approximately $3.1bn by 2028.

”With Smartphone manufacturers adding UWB capability, the demand for UWB-capable devices is expected to grow significantly. Our mission is to open up the best of this technology to smartphones as well as cars and to enable standalone integration in low-power IoT devices,” said Boris Danev, Co-Founder and CEO of 3db Access. “As part of Infineon, we will strive to enrich secured localisation and sensing functionalities for major IoT and automotive applications. We are now evolving from an IP provider to a team of experts selling solutions from our own fabs.”

In the dynamic UWB market and with rapidly increasing demand from numerous manufacturers, suppliers are also differentiating themselves through their research activities.

With their combined expertise, Infineon and 3db can now offer additional benefits to their customers. Originally an ETH Zurich spinoff, 3db maintains a strategic partnership with ETH. Infineon said that intended to develop this relationship even further, in addition to intensified collaboration in the relevant standardisation bodies for secured localisation and sensing.