Synaptics opens wireless R&D Centre in France

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Synaptics has opened a wireless research and development centre in the Sophia Antipolis technology park in southeast France.

Focused on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hardware and software development, the facility will serve as a hub for the design of Synaptics’ next-generation short-range wireless connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Our wireless connectivity technology is an essential differentiator for us as we continue to expand into high-growth IoT applications which now represent our largest revenue category,” said Synaptics’ CEO, Michael Hurlston. “The centre adds to the investments Synaptics has already made in wireless, including the acquisition of Broadcom’s Wireless IoT Business in 2020 and the more recent acquisition of DSP Group, with its ULE and Bluetooth technology. Synaptics has already put together a team at the new centre and is looking to add talent as quickly as possible.”

The development centre expands Synaptics’ presence in Europe where it already has offices in Poland, Denmark, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland.

“Locating an engineering centre here makes strategic sense on many levels,” said Venkat Kodavati, SVP and Chief Product Officer at Synaptics. “France offers an extremely supportive environment to help scale operations for fast-growing technology companies like Synaptics, and Sophia Antipolis is a well-known hotbed of innovation, particularly in the areas of analogue and RF circuit design. The Synaptics France team will be a vital part of our global R&D efforts and we are very excited to become an integral part of the technology community here.”

Synaptics offers a range of advanced wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ULE, Zigbee, and GNSS technology. It recently announced its Triple Combo platform that combines three wireless interfaces - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 - with support for Thread, Zigbee, and Matter, on a single chip to enable integration and interoperability across heterogenous devices and networks.