Soft-modem supplier PCtel Inc. today said it will acquire Voyager Technologies Inc., a supplier of wireless and Bluetooth RF cores, as part of a push into the home-networking space.
According to PCtel, Milpitas, Calif., the deal will allow the company to broaden its communications product portfolio. PCtel currently supplies a host-based, 56-Kbit/s or V. 90 modem, using the PC microprocessor to calculate DSP and controller functions. PCtel's additional LiteSpeed chipset adds support for the G.Lite broadband standard to the V.90 modem.
The acquisition of Voyager, Morgan Hill, Calif., will allow Ptel to add HomeRF and Bluetooth cores to its portfolio, facilitating the transmission of data from the external world throughout the home. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Voyager owns several spread-spectrum wireless patents, and is a member of the VSI Alliance and RAPID.
"Voyager is at the forefront of wireless technology and has an enviably strong position in key growth markets," said Peter Chen, chief executive officer of PCtel, in a statement. "Voyager's design talent and core technology will help us quickly penetrate the wireless market segment. We will converge our analog, embedded and DSL modem technology with Voyager's Home RF and Bluetooth technology to deliver high-speed connectivity for everything from PCs and home networks to Internet appliances and other devices.
PCtel said potential applications include cordless telephones, embedded wireless technology products, wireless headset technology, and other industrial, scientific and medical products.