by Anton Shilov
07/09/2010 | 12:53 PM
Intel Corp. reportedly intends to acquire wireless chip division of troubled Infineon. The move will enable Intel to integrate baseband capabilities into its system-on-chip (SoC) products and will also strengthen the company’s consumer networking technologies.
EETimes web-site reports, citing Die Welt news-paper, that Intel and Infineon are closing in on a deal to sell Infineon's wireless business unit to Intel for a price of more than $1 billion. It is reported that the talks took place in Munich, Germany, this week, but it is unknown whether the deal has been made so far. It is also claims that the cost of the mobile division estimated to be between $1.1 billion and $1.4 billion.
Infineon’s wireless technologies power numerous mobile phones, including those from Apple, Nokia and Samsung. Obtaining those technologies will give Intel higher chances to win designs with cell phone makers using its x86-base SoCs.
The wireless division is now responsible for about one quarter of Infineon's sales revenue, reports EETimes.
Intel and Infineon did not comment on the news-story.