Feeds

Atmel buys more IoT capability

Slings $US140 at Newport Media for wireless SOCs

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

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. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?