Nordic Semiconductor has agreed to acquire the Ensigma Wi-Fi development team and associated Ensigma Wi-Fi IP tech assets from AI processing company, Imagination Technologies.
The acquisition includes a number of Imagination Technologies employees 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.
Nordic CTO Svein-Egil Nielsen said: “We believe in owning every link in our product chain, and with the Imagination Wi-Fi team on-board we will now be able to add Wi-Fi hardware and software developed by Nordic from the ground up.”
“Although Wi-Fi was born in the consumer sector, it is now rapidly gaining traction within the industrial IoT space,” said Imagination Technologies CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie.
“With Imagination’s strong focus on graphics, vision, and AI processing, we feel our Wi-Fi IP division will thrive much better long-term within a company that has wireless connectivity at its center and where it will become a major focus of strategic, technological, and commercial innovation and growth.”
(Left to Right) Nordic’s CTO Svein-Egil Nielsen, CEO Svenn-Tore Larsen, and HR Director Katarina Finneng, warmly welcome the company’s first Wi-Fi employees