LONDON Mobile chipset specialist Qualcomm Inc. is buying, for $18 million in cash, Qualphone Inc. in an effort to speed the development of feature phones for European and other emerging 3G markets.
Qualphone, also based in San Diego, California, specializes in IP-based Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) embedded client software for mobile devices and interoperability testing services.
The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.
Qualphone’s 3G/IP multimedia platform can be tailored to the specific requirements of individual operators and handset manufacturers, and its end-to-end IOT services help reduce time to market. Qualcomm says the deal will enhance its efforts “to provide a highly efficient launch path for new 3G products and services.”
Though not as big as some recent deals by Qualcomm, for instance the acquisition of Iridigm and the takeover of Trigenix for about $170 million, or the nearly $600 million the company paid for flash OFDM group Flarion, the company says the acquisition is a “logical outcome” of its and Qualphone’s goal of simplifying the deployment of 3G services.
“Qualcomm is strongly committed to enabling 3G wireless for worldwide markets, and this acquisition of Qualphone is another instance of our progress in this direction,” said Sanjay Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
“We look forward to leveraging Qualphone’s test service, IMS technology and software development resources to accelerate the delivery of attractive and more feature-rich devices to subscribers in European and other markets,” Jha said in a statement Friday (18 August).