Silicon Labs buys Bluegiga for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity
Silicon Laboratories, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Bluegiga Technologies Oy. A privately-held company based in Espoo, Finland, Bluegiga is one of the fastest growing independent providers of short-range wireless connectivity solutions and software for the IoT. Bluegiga's wireless portfolio includes ultra-low-power Bluetooth® Smart, Bluetooth Classic, and Wi-Fi® modules, as well as software stacks, development tools and software development kits (SDKs) for a multitude of applications in the industrial automation, consumer electronics, audio, automotive, retail, residential, and health and fitness markets.
â€œBluegigaâ€™s wireless modules and software stacks round out our wireless portfolio and complement our IoT solutions. The addition of Bluegiga wireless modules gives us new ways to deliver simplicity to our customers, enabling developers to easily add wireless connectivity to their designs.â€
This strategic acquisition significantly expands Silicon Labsâ€™ wireless hardware and software solutions for the IoT. Bluegigaâ€™s market-proven Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, software stacks and development tools complement Silicon Labsâ€™ 802.15.4 ZigBeeÂ® and Thread mesh networking software, ultra-low-power sub-GHz solutions, and wireless MCU and transceiver product offerings. The combined wireless connectivity portfolio and development ecosystem will enable Silicon Labs to address a broader range of market opportunities and customer needs. Together, Silicon Labs and Bluegiga offer customers a â€œone-stop-shopâ€ source of standards-based wireless connectivity solutions including high-performance, long-range and ultra-low-power options.
â€œWith Silicon Labsâ€™ wireless, microcontroller and sensor portfolios gaining considerable traction in the IoT markets, the timing of this acquisition couldnâ€™t be better,â€ said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. â€œBluegigaâ€™s wireless modules and software stacks round out our wireless portfolio and complement our IoT solutions. The addition of Bluegiga wireless modules gives us new ways to deliver simplicity to our customers, enabling developers to easily add wireless connectivity to their designs.â€
Following the acquisition, Silicon Labs will continue to operate in Espoo, Finland, as a center of excellence for wireless hardware and software technology development. The company will continue to develop, market and support a complete portfolio of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module products and software stacks for customers worldwide.
â€œThe Bluegiga team is excited to join forces with Silicon Labs,â€ said Riku MettÃ¤lÃ¤, vice president of product creation at Bluegiga. â€œWe truly share a common vision of enabling versatile, cost-effective and streamlined wireless connectivity solutions for a wide range of applications, from the connected home to industrial IoT to consumer and health and fitness devices. Together, our wireless development teams will drive innovation in the IoT market, and our unified solutions will give customers a rich choice of wireless platforms for connected devices.â€