Qualcomm to Acquire xDSL and G.fast Chip Maker Ikanos

Qualcomm via its subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Ikanos Communications, a broadband networking semiconductor for both central office and home gateway solutions, including A/VDSL2 and G.fast modem technology, multi-mode gateway processor and accelerator technology for fiber, LTE, Ethernet and hybrid-copper applications. In addition, Ikanos brings on-board its inSIGHT software which allows remote diagnosis, management and optimization of the broadband connection and quality-of-service, and voice over IP (VoIP) integrated access devices and bridges. 

The acquisition is intended to expand Qualcomm Atheros’ footprint in the carrier fixed line segment with the addition of high performance broadband access and modem technologies critical to enhancing users’ connected experiences in the home. Ikanos home gateway business is expected to extend Qualcomm Atheros’ leadership in carrier Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, while providing a central hub for Internet-of-Everything (IoE) enabled devices, services as well as 3G and LTE small cells.

Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies
The combination of Qualcomm Atheros’ broad home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos’ advanced wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for a wide range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment.

Omid Tahernia, president and chief executive officer, Ikanos
Qualcomm Atheros and Ikanos have a long history of collaboration in the carrier space and share a common vision for the connected home. Bringing the two companies together enables Qualcomm Atheros to accelerate implementation of its strategy for the connected home, and to move the home gateway forward as a key enabler for new carrier applications and services.

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