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u-blox acquires M2M modules business from Lesswire

Iain Morris
December 4, 2014
M2M hardware specialist u-blox has announced its acquisition of a short-range modules business from Lesswire.

u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) said that Lesswire’s expertise in developing automotive Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules would allow it to target new opportunities in vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

Founded in 1999, Lesswire (Berlin, Germany) currently provides its wireless communications modules to a number of Tier 1 automotive electronics suppliers in Europe and Asia.
The acquisition will see a team of key engineers from Lesswire – a subsidiary of the PRETTL Group – move to u-blox.

The purchase is also to include various off-the-shelf products and other equipment.

“The addition of the automotive modules from Lesswire positions u-blox as a strategic supplier of wireless technology to the fast growing market for in-car and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems,” said Herbert Blaser, the vice president of short-range products at u-blox. “Besides actual high demand for in-car connectivity, next generation smart cars will have advanced safety and collision avoidance systems that depend on robust, reliable communications.”

“Building on u‑blox’ leadership in automotive positioning electronics, this acquisition adds a key enabling technology to our portfolio,” added Blaser. “We welcome our new colleagues in Berlin to build on the synergies between our companies.”

Lesswire expects the sale of the short-range modules business to u-blox to bring benefits for both companies.

“Lesswire will continue to focus on system-level products for car connectivity and industrial wireless solutions, and we will depend on u-blox as module-experts to deliver us the key wireless components we need to continue growing in this market,” said Ralph Meyfarth, Lesswire’s chief executive.

Under the deal, Lesswire’s module operations in Berlin will become a u-blox product center for automotive-grade short-range radio modules.

The companies say they will continue to support and develop the current product offering for existing Lesswire customers.
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