Apple supplier Qorvo acquires ultra-broadband chipmaker Decawave

UWB chip supplier Decawave and microwave communications company Custom MMC have been acquired by Qorvo, a semiconductor company that supplies Apple with chips for the iPhone. The deal for ultra-broadband wireless technology in the acquisition is worth $400 million. Qorvo also paid about $100 million for Custom MMIC, a manufacturer specializing in microwave RF communications technology.

Apple supplier Qorvo acquires ultra-broadband chipmaker Decawave

Qorvo currently makes RF semiconductors, and according to the Irish Times, a third of its annual revenue comes from supplying products to Apple.

“Having Decawave join us can establish our position as an accurate, secure short-range positioning solution in emerging markets,” said Qorvo Bob Bruggeworth President and CEO. ”

Decawave is a Dublin-based company that focuses on ultra-broadband wireless technology, a low-power but high-precision object positioning system. Apple has launched a dedicated UWB processor called the U1 in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple announced it would use it for AirDrop, but it is expected to allow the iPhone to determine the direction and movement of the device. It is speculated that the UWB and U1 chips may also provide keyless access to the rumored Apple Car.

The U1 chip has caused some controversy, but it has been revealed that Apple’s current implementation on the system is using location data.

Another acquisition of Qorvo, Custom MMIC, does not appear to be known for providing components for consumer products. Instead, it is a supplier to the aerospace industry and the military.