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September 21, 2011

u blox Acquires Fusion Wireless
By Rahul Arora
TMCnet Contributor

Swiss positioning and wireless chip and module company, u-blox, has acquired San Diego based Fusion Wireless (News - Alert), a provider of CDMA wireless modules for consumer and M2M applications in North America. According to the terms of the agreement, Fusion Wireless will integrate its business into u-blox’s (News - Alert) existing activities in order to further strengthen the mutual commercial activities and capitalize on technological synergies. The companies will also integrate their technology and modules in the area of CDMA wireless technology in several form factors.

“The acquisition of Fusion Wireless immediately gives u-blox new, cutting-edge wireless module products plus access to the huge embedded CDMA market in North America for both consumer and M2M applications. It also expands our wireless module technology roadmap to cover all popular standards used in the Americas based on a layout-consistent form factor. This will allow our customers to easily adapt their products to match geographical requirements as well as overcome network coverage limitations,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO, in a press release.

Serving consumer, industrial and automotive markets, u-blox offers embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions that enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. The company recently selected Spirent's (News - Alert) GSS6700 Multi-GNSS GPS + GLONASS simulator and Spirent's GSS6400 GPS + GLONASS Record & Playback test system to evaluate performance of its new GNSS receiver components. The GSS6700 multi-GNSS simulator is designed to be integrated into an automated test system or with the Spirent SimGEN graphical user interface. The GSS6400 Record & Playback system enables u-blox to capture complex real-world signal effects and then repeatedly replay the RF in the laboratory.

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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