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Qorvo buys Decawave for $400mn, Apple walled garden looms

Qorvo has bought Decawave for $400mn. The acquisition takes place as Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, one of Decawave’s signature offerings, is becoming an increasingly popular means of determining location amongst OEMs. This creates questions as to what Qorvo’s motives are. The company gets a huge chunk of its custom from Apple, which recently announced it would be incorporating UWB into iPhone 11s. This begs the question, will Qorvo’s acquisition place Decawave’s UWB technology behind Apples walled garden? Despite the press release preaching the standard clichés of openness and outreach, Apple’s general methods of practice would suggest that Qorvo’s UWB chips might find a single home. Decawave announced the acquisition would “advance market penetration of UWB and enable broad global adoption of…

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