Cypress to Acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT Product Lines

Cypress to Acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT Product Lines Image Credit: Broadcom

Cypress Semiconductor will acquire Broadcom's Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets in an all-cash transaction valued at$550 million. Under the terms of the deal, Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and intellectual property, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem. In the meanwhile, Broadcom will continue to focus on its wireless connectivity solutions for the access and mobility segments that are not IoT related, including serving set-top boxes, wireless access, smartphones, laptops and notebook customers. 

Broadcom's IoT business unit, which employs approximately 430 people worldwide, generated $189 million in revenue during the last twelve months. The acquisition is expected to strengthen Cypress's position in key embedded systems markets, such as automotive and industrial, and establishes it as a leader in the high-growth consumer IoT market, a segment that includes wearable electronics and home automation solutions.

T.J. Rodgers, President and CEO, Cypress 
Cypress is a significant player in the IoT today because of our ultra-low-power PSoC programmable system-on-chip technology, but we've only been able to pair it with generic radios so far. 

Broadcom IoT General Manager Stephen DiFranco, General Manager, Broadcom IoT
With our IoT connectivity products, Cypress will be able to provide the connectivity; the MCU, system-on-chip, module and memory technologies; and the mature developer ecosystem that IoT designers require, creating an end-to-end portfolio of embedded solutions and a single IoT design platform.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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