Atmel, best known as a maker of microcontrollers and capacitive touchscreens, is expanding its Internet of Things footprint with the acquisition of low-power wireless chip designer Newport Media.
Newport Media started out life shipping TV system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices, and during 2012 and 2013 branched out into 802.11n, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 devices, targeting small end-user kit that would get a smaller bill of materials by handling multiple wireless comms media in a single chip.
Atmel, whose markets include the Arduino single-board-computer, has been pushing into the Internet of Things market, and in June, announced a range of ARM-based microcontrollers called SMART that combined low-power 32 bit ARM with WiFi under the SmartConnect brand.
The company says it will fork out $US140 million for Newport Media, in a transaction due to complete in the third quarter of 2014.
According to Bloomberg, that price could rise by as much as $US30 million if “certain revenue goals are met”.
Bloomberg notes that the acquisition adds to a semiconductor buying spree that's been worth more than $US11 billion industry-wide this year.
Newport Media had $US43 million in revenue in 2013. ®