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Monday, July 07, 2014
Atmel to Buy Newport Media To Strengthen Its Presence in the IoT
Atmel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Newport Media for $140 million, a provider of low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions, that will enable Atmel to offer s complete wireless
portfolio of smart connected devices for the "Internet of Things."
Adding to Atmel's SmartConnect wireless portfolio, NMI's 802.11n
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certified products offer highly integrated
solutions that will accelerate communication and connectivity for
the Internet of Things. NMI's products combined with Atmel's
ultra-low power microcontrollers are designed for industrial, home
and building automation, and consumer products requiring smaller
form factors and longer battery life.
The deal includes an additional earn-out of up to $30 million
which is to be paid if future revenue thresholds are achieved over
the next two years. The chipmaker expects the deal to add to its
adjusted financials in the second half of 2015.
"This acquisition immediately adds 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to
our offerings and will accelerate our introduction of low-energy
Bluetooth products," said Steve Laub Atmel's President and CEO.
"Combined with our existing Wi-Fi and Zigbee solutions and
industry leading microcontroller portfolio, Atmel is positioned
for substantial growth in the Internet of Things marketplace."