Qualcomm Atheros announced its agreement to acquire Ikanos Communications, a broadband networking semiconductor and software provider.
The Qualcomm subsidiary aims to expand its presence in the carrier fixed line segment with the addition of broadband access and modem technologies that enhance users’ connected experiences in the home.
The home gateway extends Qualcomm Atheros’ leadership in carrier Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, while providing a central hub for Internet of Everything (IoE) enabled devices, services and 3G/LTE small cells.
“The combination of Qualcomm Atheros’ home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos’ wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for home gateway products to serve the carrier segment,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies.
Through the acquisition, Qualcomm Atheros will have access to technologies including A/VDSL2 and G.fast modem technology and chipsets for consumer premises equipment (CPE) and central office (CO) infrastructure.
Ikanos offers multi-mode gateway processor and accelerator technology for fiber, LTE, Ethernet and hybrid-copper applications. Ikanos inSIGHT software allows remote diagnosis, management and optimization of the broadband connection.
Qualcomm said that Ikanos’ central office product portfolio, as well as its technology tie up with Alcatel-Lucent in the fixed access communications, enables Qualcomm Atheros to expand presence in the broadband access space, including G.fast.