U-blox targets 4G chipsets with Cogonvo deal
u-blox, the wireless chip firm, has announced the acquisition of UK-based Cognovo, which specialises in software defined modem (SDM) chip development technology.
Cognovo’s SDM technology and development tools are used to translate complex radio modem designs into fully characterised low-power semiconductor chips.
This move by u-blox is aimed at 4G mobile platform development and follows the recent acquisition of 4M Wireless. Cognovo will allow the company to develop 4G modems which incorporate global positioning technology.
“This allows us to meet market demand for connected systems that require positioning, connectivity and application specific functionality on a single integrated circuit,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO.
The first 4G product is planned for 2013.
Cognovo has demonstrated a baseband chip running 4G cellular functionality working with the LTE protocol stack from 4M Wireless.
“We are very pleased to deploy our SDM technology within u-blox”, said Dr. Gordon Aspin, Cognovo CEO.
“With over 300 man-years of R&D invested in our SDM technology, this acquisition brings together the industry’s most advanced software modem development platform with some of the best IC design and GNSS engineers in the world,” said Aspin.