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Silicon Labs expands IoT wireless platform with acquisition

Silicon Labs has announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Redpine Signals to acquire the company’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth business.

The acquisition, said to be costing Silicon Labs $308million, will include Redpine's development centre in Hyderabad, India, and the company's extensive patent portfolio.

The at-scale design centre comes with approximately 200 employees and the addition of this multidisciplinary and high-performing team will help Silicon Labs scale R&D faster and more efficiently in one of the most talent-rich locations in India.

"The acquisition of Redpine Signals’ ultra-low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products and extensive intellectual property portfolio will expand our leadership in IoT wireless technology,” said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. “The addition of these products into our worldwide sales and distribution network will drive further momentum in the smart home, industrial IoT and commercial markets for customers who want to get to market quickly with Wi-Fi enabled connected devices.”

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is an important evolution of the Wi-Fi standard to meet the low power, performance, security and interoperability requirements needed in environments with hundreds or thousands of connected IoT devices. The integration of the Redpine Signals technology is seen as helping to accelerate Silicon Labs’ roadmap for Wi-Fi 6 silicon, software and solutions.

The acquisition also includes Bluetooth Classic IP (including Extended Data Rate) for audio applications including wearables, hearables, voice assistants and smart speakers.


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Neil Tyler

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