Freescale Semiconductor said it has acquired privately held CommASIC, a fabless semiconductor company based in San Diego. CommASIC specializes in combining multiple wireless networking technologies onto a single microprocessor. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Freescale said it would keep all 30 CommASIC employees. Freescale, a, is best known for producing the . CommASIC is expected to help Freescale add Wi-Fi, WiMax and digital video broadcast to its chips, as well as integrate Wi-Fi into mobile handsets.
Analysts predict that by 2008, the volume for consumer electronics and voice over Internet Protocol-capable handsets will double that of PC-centric Network Interface Cards. According to a 2005 ABI Research forecast, an estimated 350 million devices will have embedded Wi-Fi by 2010.