Airgo Purchase Pricing (Again)

2:30 PM -- It is still not exactly clear what Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is paying for its buyout of MIMO pioneer Airgo Networks Inc. Most people seem to think, however, it was on the low side of the $100 million to $400 million range I put in my last blog on the topic. (See What Price Airgo?)

Airgo, you may rememember, has never officially said how much it received in funding since it started in 2000 as Woodside Networks. According to my calculations, though, the company must have recieved at least $130 million in funding.

This is in line with what most young chip companies developing three generations of product might expect to burn through. Silicon is an expensive business, dontcha know?

Which may make you wonder what kind of return on their investment Airgo's backers received.

I also wonder what Greg Raleigh, Airgo's CEO, might do next. Raleigh already had one bite of the multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) cherry with Clarify Wireless, which sold to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) in 1998 for $153 million. Who's to say that he may not take another spin on the smart-antenna wheel? — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

meshsecurity 12/5/2012 | 3:32:18 AM
re: Airgo Purchase Pricing (Again) Where should the Airgo founders focus next? Sensors. The chip company that decides on how these networks operate within their many disparate markets will win......each particular market has its own demands and very specilized needs. The ability to create protocols, architectures and the proper data schemes for this emerging market is worth a mint!

The next phase is wireless sensor networks, and the industry really does need focus right now.

There is some pretty deep stuff here right now, from Databases, Data representation, Transimission times, Power, Internal routing processes...pay attention to this market, the next salacious stories will come from here.


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