The move will see Nordic expand its in-house wireless technology expertise to cover Wi-Fi. The purchase includes a sizeable number of Imagination Technologies employees in the U.K, Sweden, India, and Taiwan. These workers include around 15 percent that are Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) specialists who will strengthen Nordic’s existing Bluetooth LE teams.
Nordic CTO, Svein-Egil Nielsen comments, “As the global leader in short range Bluetooth wireless technology and the emerging leader in long-range cellular wireless IoT, there has long been a gap in between which our customers have been asking us to fill. And although it won’t happen overnight as this an IP acquisition rather than one that comes with Wi-Fi devices ready to sell, we will now be able to add Wi-Fi functionality to future generations of Nordic products.
“We at Nordic feel extremely fortunate and excited to have found the perfect Wi-Fi team with decades of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi design experience and expertise from whom we can learn all there is to know about Wi-Fi wireless technology. We believe in owning every link in our product chain, and with the Imagination Wi-Fi team on-board we will now be able to add Wi-Fi hardware and software that Nordic has developed from the ground up as we do with all our other wireless product ranges.”
“What’s just as exciting is the potential synergy between Nordic Semiconductor’s low power wireless heritage and the latest low power evolution of Wi-Fi that now allows battery-powered IoT devices,” adds Nordic Director of Product Management, Kjetil Holstad. “We plan to now become an active member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and work with them, as we have and continue to do with multiple other major standards organizations and bodies, to maximize Wi-Fi’s low power wireless application potential using our decades of ultra-low power wireless expertise.
“While it is too early to comment in any detail on what the Nordic product implications of this acquisition will be,