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ON Semi pays $1.1bn for Quantenna, AirTies next?

WiFi chip specialist Quantenna has been acquired for $1.1bn, not by Broadcom or Qualcomm as many would have expected, but by ON Semiconductor, which addresses a wide range of sectors including automotive and IoT. The purchase is a solid one for ON. Quantenna’s customer list includes some of the world’s largest operators and the company has continued to surpass all expectations with consistently solid financial results and intriguing conversations during our various trade show meetings. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and mesh are the hottest topics in WiFi right now, and should generate high demand. In recent years, ON Semiconductor has dabbled in many areas including modular automotive imaging platforms and wireless charging technologies. Automotive is the firm’s  largest sector, while its…

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