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Intel acquires German drone maker Ascending Technologies

The startup is known for its auto-pilot software and algorithms that help drones see and sense the environment around them.

Intel on Monday said it has acquired Ascending Technologies, a German drone maker known for its auto-pilot software and algorithms that help drones see and sense the environment around them. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ascending Technologies was already using Intel's 3D depth camera RealSense for use in its sense-and-avoid algorithms and collision avoidance systems that are used in its own devices and also sold to other drone makers.

Going forward, Intel plans to utilize Ascending Technologies as part of its effort to make RealSense a bigger player in the booming drone space.

"Intel is positioning itself at the forefront of this opportunity to increasingly integrate the computing, communications, sensor and cloud technology required to make drones smarter and more connected," Josh Walden, SVP and GM of Intel's New Technology Group, wrote in a blog post.

Walden said Ascending Technologies will continue to support its current customers while also working with Intel's Perceptual Computing team to innovate on drone technology.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is expected to offer more insight on the acquisition during his keynote at CES on Tuesday.

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