Intel picks up wireless infrastructure unit from Mindspeed for mobile plans

Summary:Mindspeed's wireless infrastructure division is scattered across California, the United Kingdom and China.

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Intel has announced that it plans to buy the wireless infrastructure division of Mindspeed Technologies, which designs, develops and sells semiconductor solutions.

The intended targets for those solutions are communications applications in both wireless and wired network infrastructure markets.

Mindspeed's wireless infrastructure division has sites in Bath, UK; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

Intel is planning to use its new assets -- consisting of both technology and brainpower -- for its ongoing mobile roadmap. Specifically, the processor giant is hoping that Mindspeed's resources will contribute to Intel's own wireless networking architectures.

Rose Schooler, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, explained in a blog post on Monday that this new team has considerable experience in working on signal processing-related technologies and IP for base stations.

During the past several years, our Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, part of our Data Center Group, has made tremendous strides toward providing customers with a common platform for consolidating communication workloads processing on IA, thereby increasing customers’ reuse and reducing total cost of ownership.  For the carriers, the ability to use general purpose computing to process networking workloads allows service providers to quickly deploy more flexible and scalable infrastructure, reducing provisioning time for services, and improving user experiences.

Schooler noted that the addition of the Mindspeed wireless team will "accelerate consolidation of the final fourth workload on Intel technologies."

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Intel also didn't reveal by when the acquisition is expected to be completed.

Topics: Networking, Data Management, Intel, Tech Industry, Wi-Fi

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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