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. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

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.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
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.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.