Nordic Semiconductor has aquired the Ensigma wireless business and IP, including WiFi6, from Imagination Technologies for an undisclosed sum
The wireless division, based in Chepstow, UK, was aquired for its WiFi design expertise and the WiFi IP as well as 80 staff. This adds WiFi to Nordoc's expertise in Bluetooth and cellular IoT (both LTE-M and NB-IoT versions).
Ensigma's Whisper Radio Processing Unit (RPU) was launched in 2015 and combines a low power WiFi design with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for licensing to system on chip developers focussed on the Internet of Things (ioT) combined with its MIPS processor cores. The company launched IP for WiFi6 earlier this year but the Ensigma had been part of the restructuring plans over the last two years to focus on the graphics and AI technology.
Nordic says the deal includes a 'sizeable' number of Imagination Technologies employees located in the U.K, Sweden, India, and Taiwan. Of these, around 15 percent are BLE specialists who will now further strengthen Nordic’s existing Bluetooth LE teams as well.
“This is a dream come true for Nordic Semiconductor and its customers, particularly in the smart home market,” said Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO of Nordic. “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