Saturday, December 2, 2006

QUALCOMM to Acquire Airgo and Bluetooth Assets of RFMD

QUALCOMM will acquire Airgo Networks, a developer of WLAN technology, and the majority of RF Micro Devices' (RFMD's) Bluetooth assets.

Airgo possesses intellectual property assets and resources in WLAN technology and has provided WLAN products to both manufacturers of access points and laptop computers. In addition to supporting Airgo's existing business, QUALCOMM plans to integrate the company's 802.11a/b/g and 802.11n technology into select Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. QUALCOMM also plans to use this technology for chipsets on its new Snapdragon platform, which is designed to offer ubiquitous mobile broadband connectivity.

Under the deal with RFMD, QUALCOMM will acquire the majority of North Carolina-based RFMD's Bluetooth assets, specifically those based in San Diego. QUALCOMM will be integrating the Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) technology into MSM reference designs to offer its device manufacturing customers a more complete solution. RFMD's San Diego-based team currently designs technology for both the mobile handset and headset markets.


  • Airgo Networks, which was founded in 2000, is based in Palo Alto, California. The company's investors include Accel Partners, Nokia Venture Partners, OVP Venture Funds, and Sevin Rosen Funds, among others.