Nordic acquires Imagination Wi-Fi assets and design expertise

November 30, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nordic acquires Imagination Wi-Fi assets and design expertise
Acquisition will add low power Wi-Fi to Nordic’s existing Bluetooth and cellular IoT business with the aim of unifying all three technologies on a single platform.

Nordic Semiconductor is expanding its in-house wireless technology expertise into Wi-Fi after acquiring the entire Imagination Technologies Ensigma Wi-Fi development team and associated Ensigma Wi-Fi IP tech assets from world-leading graphics, vision, and AI processing company, Imagination Technologies.

According to Nordic, Wi-Fi has long been the “number one” missing capability requested by its customers and this was the perfect opportunity to merge into its global organization a world-class Wi-Fi development team with a proven track record of delivering state-of-the-art Wi-Fi. It also means Nordic will be one of the few companies to offer all three of the world’s most popular wireless IoT technologies: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular IoT (both LTE-M and NB-IoT versions).

The acquisition includes a sizeable number of Imagination Technologies employees located in the U.K, Sweden, India, and Taiwan. Of these, around 15 percent are Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) specialists who will now further strengthen Nordic’s existing Bluetooth LE teams as well.

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“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 is 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,” comments Nordic CTO, Svein-Egil Nielsen.

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