Samsung Electronics has acquired Nanoradio AB, developer of ultra low power Wireless LAN chipsets for an undisclosed amount of money. Nanoradio AB is a company based in Kista, Sweden with sales offices in Korea, China, Japanand USA with a leading team of extensively experienced technologists from cellular, wireless, semiconductor industry and start-ups. It is responsible for developing Wi-Fi chipsets that use
low amounts of power.
Nanoradio has developed integrated circuits that provide outstanding WLAN capabilities into mobile phones and consumer multimedia electronics. These chipsets are specifically used for home surveillance, media players and gaming devices in portable devices like smartphones, tablets and wireless network cameras. Although Nanoradio is a small firm that consists of a total of 60
employees only, the management team is composed of people having strong connections with other companies in mobile phone market like O2, Clearwire, Nokia, Ericsson, Compaq, Fujitsu and Dialog Semiconductor.
At the financial level, Nanoradio is backed by a bunch of companies that include Viking Venture, Creandum, Industrifonden, Nordic Venture Partners, Ferd Capital, Innovacom, Anchor Capital and Teknoinvest. The reasons of Nanoradio’s acquisition by Samsung are still not clear but it is obvious that Samsung is planning to design and manufacture their own Wi-Fi chips in mobile devices in the near future.
Nanoradio is a fabled chip maker, which means they are not able to manufacture their own designs as all the manufacturing is outsourced. And now
with the South Korean giant, Samsung in charge future outsourcing should not be a problem. Well we are still not clear about how long it will take before Samsung starts to equip their smartphones, tablets and media players with Nanoradio WiFi chipsets but we will be sure to report it whenever it happens. Stay tuned to our website for any further updates regarding Samsung’s acquistion of Nanoradio and its WiFi chipsets.