Adamant to strengthen its portfolio of wireless patents (that seem to be all the rage these days) and help differentiate its smartphone and mobile chip businesses, Samsung ponied up $310 million for the mobile business of Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) PLC, based out in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
With this transaction due for completion by the fourth quarter this year, Samsung will control CSR’s patents related to Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS and obtain interesting handset technology that could help differentiate its flagship smartphones.
Samsung is of course embroiled in patent fights with Apple in courts across the world. At the same time, the company dedicates substantial resources to fabbing mobile chips found inside Apple’s iOS devices.
Samsung appears keen on taking advantage of CSR’s research and development capability as it looks to improve its own mobile chips, possibly leading to unique hardware features down the road… Read More