ARM gains low power Bluetooth expertise through two acquisitions
Keeping eye on growing importance of Bluetooth in ultra low-power systems such as wearables, CPU IP vendor ARM has acquired Wicentric, a Bluetooth Smart stack and profile provider, and Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD), a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio intellectual property (IP).
ARM said the IP of both companies will be integrated to form the ARM Cordio portfolio complementing its existing processor and physical IP targeting end markets requiring low-power wireless communications such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Wicentric's products includes Bluetooth protocol stack and profiles for creating interoperable smart products and the link layer for silicon integration.
SMD offers extremely low power consuming sub 1V operated pre-qualified, self-contained radio block and related firmware to simplify radio deployment.