Feeds

Cambridge Silicon Radio buys into GPS

Bluetooth experts bite into Sirf

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

UK wireless-chip specialists CSR, makers of Bluetooth and WiFi chips used by everyone from Nokia to Samsung, has bought up GPS-chipset manufacturer Sirf at a knockdown price

Sirf has had a bad year, losing $398m during 2008, enabling CSR to snap up the company for a valuation of only £91m despite it having more than £80m in the bank. The deal will see Sirf shareholders getting 27 per cent of CSR, or 0.741 shares in CSR for each share of Sirf they own a significant premium on the open-market share price.

The combined company will be able to pitch Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS chips to handset manufacturers, as well as working towards combined silicon that could offer all three functions on a single die.

The new company is expecting to save around $35m annually, by cutting sale, marketing, R&D and "overheads" over the next 60 days - so the sales team at Sirf should be feeling slightly nervous given the success of CSR in that area, and any extraneous offices might also be feeling the pinch.

The economic situation may well be grim for many, but those who have cash looking around for competitors to buy, or acquisition-based expansions, are finding that can be done on the cheap before the economy recovers. CSR's expansion into GPS makes sense, and the acquisition should also prevent CSR becoming the target of someone else's expansion plans.®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.