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Qualcomm Acquires Black Sand Technologies

Sarah Thomas
6/24/2014

Qualcomm has acquired fabless semiconductor company Black Sand Technologies, Light Reading has learned.

Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) confirmed that it acquired the Austin-based company on June 18, but terms of the deal were not revealed. Black Sand Technologies builds advanced power amplifier technology for wireless applications.

According to a source familiar with the deal, it also has the largest related IP portfolio in the industry, which is likely as important to chip giant Qualcomm as the technology itself. (See Qualcomm Buys HP Mobile Patents.)

Black Sand was founded in 2005 and had raised $28.2 million in funding. Qualcomm's shares were trading down 2% to $78.76 after the close of market Tuesday.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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James_B_Crawshaw
James_B_Crawshaw
6/26/2014 | 6:17:21 AM
"Chipmaker acquires fabless semiconductor company ..."
QCOM is fabless too. They don't manufacture the chips themselves. 
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
6/25/2014 | 9:54:24 AM
3G
Black Sand is big in higher-end 3G phones. Interesting acquisition for Qualcomm.
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