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Intel Gets LTE-A Smarts With Fujitsu Buy

Intel Corp. has confirmed that it acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless Products Inc. last month, the Tempe, Ariz.-based subsidiary of Fujitsu that developed an advanced multimode LTE RF transceiver. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition, reported this week by Will Strauss, the president and principal analyst of Forward Concepts in Mesa, Ariz., was confirmed by an Intel spokesman in an email to EE Times. The spokesman said Intel made the buy to expand its mobile capabilities.

In an email newsletter to clients, Strauss said the move was "very important," because it gave Intel access to the mobile communications transceiver and design team he had previously described as probably the best standalone RF team in the world. Intel likely would have made such a move to help it win design slots in mobile equipment such as smartphones and tablet computers.

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