Skip to main content

Intel Buying Infineon Wireless Biz for $1.4 Bln

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Chipmaking giant Intel is making another high-profile acquisition, announcing that it is acquiring Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business (WLS) in a cash deal valued at about $1.4. billion. The acquisition will help bolster Intel’s efforts to expand beyond traditional computer processors (and embedded systems based on the same technology) into mobile communications and new types of mobile, Internet-connected devices. Pending regulatory approvals, the deal should conclude in the first quarter of 2011.

“The acquisition of Infineon’s WLS business strengthens the second pillar of our computing strategy—Internet connectivity—and enables us to offer a portfolio of products that covers the full range of wireless options from Wi-Fi and 3G to WiMAX and LTE,” said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini, in a statement.

Infineon is based in Neubiberg, Germany; the company is a leading maker of mobile chipsets, widely used in smartphones and a broad range of existing and forthcoming mobile devices. During Infineon’s most recent fiscal year, the mobile unit accounted for over €900 million in revenue.

Intel has previously relied on partnerships with electronics giant LG and handset maker Nokia to provide wireless chips. Intel has been strengthening its relationship with Nokia with the new MeeGo open source mobile operating system; however, Intel’s efforts to built a wireless chip business latched to its Atom family of processors have not met with strong success.

The transaction marks Intel’s second major acquisition in recent weeks; the company also announced a deal to acquire security software vendor McAfee in a deal valued around $7.8 billion. The McAfee acquisition also factors into Intel’s plans to be a dominant player in the mobile market.

Editors' Recommendations

Geoff Duncan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member…
How much does Intel Arc cost? Arc Alchemist buying guide
Intel Arc A770 GPU installed in a test bench.

Intel Arc Alchemist, also known as Intel's first serious venture into discrete graphics for gamers, is finally here. While the GPUs can't hope to compete with some of AMD's and Nvidia's best graphics cards, they can stand their own ground in the midrange market, and they're priced very competitively to make up for the fact that they won't replace your new RTX 4090 or even your old RTX 3080.

Intel's lineup right now includes the flagship Arc A770, which is supposed to be available with either 8GB or 16GB memory. Then, there's the Arc A750 and the entry-level Arc A380. Below, we'll explore their pricing, availability, and, most importantly, which one is worth spending your money on.
How much does the Intel Arc A770 cost?

Read more
Intel Arc A380 can be overclocked to 3.1GHz — but is it worth the effort?
Intel Arc A750M Limited Edition graphics card sits on a desk.

An overclocker managed to push the limits of the entry-level Arc A380 GPU to reach a frequency of 3.1GHz. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that this is the kind of result most users can expect to achieve.

The process of overclocking the Arc graphics card turned out to be needlessly difficult -- so much so that external software had to be created and then used instead of Intel's proprietary Arc Control tool. Considering how troublesome it has been, will regular users even be able to overclock their Arc GPU?

Read more
Intel Arc graphics use AV1 to improve Twitch streams
Two Intel Arc chips in front of a blue and purple gradient background.

Intel has just announced that it will support AV1 video coding technology in the new Intel Arc GPUs.

The tech will offer hardware-accelerated encoding that may have a huge impact on video streaming quality, making it potentially attractive to streamers and viewers alike.

Read more