EE Times reports Intel has bought Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless Products Inc., a developer of an advanced multimode LTE RF transceiver.
The acquisition, reported this week by Will Strauss, the president and principal analyst of Forward Concepts in Mesa, Ariz., was confirmed by an Intel spokesman in an email to EE Times. The spokesman said Intel made the acqusition to expand its mobile capabilities.
In an email newsletter to clients, Strauss said the move was "very important," because it gave Intel access to the mobile communications transceiver and design team he had previously described as probably the best standalone RF team in the world. Intel likely would have made such a move to help it win design slots in mobile equipment such as smartphones and tablet computers.
The RF team's lineage goes back from Fujitsu to Freescale Semiconductor and before that to Motorola's semiconductor product sector.