China's Huawei Acquires Belgian Chip Maker M4S
Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has signed an agreement with the Belgian wireless Internet equipment maker Option, to acquire all issued shares of M4S, Option's wholly-owned semiconductor company.
M4S is currently developing a state-of-the-art, next-generation radio frequency chipset to be used in 4G devices. Option initiated a process in July 2010 to sell M4S to a company that could better leverage the full scope of its radio frequency technology. The sale of M4S to Huawei will enable the M4S technology to avail itself of the vast resources of Huawei's research and distribution capabilities. The acquisition will approximately cost Huawei EUR8 million.
Guo Ping, executive vice president of Huawei and chairman of equipment for Huawei, said that the acquisition of M4S will enable Huawei to provide more innovative mobile broadband equipment, accelerate the commercial development of the 4G services, and support the Digital Agenda program in Europe.
Option is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. It has established an impressive reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, the company has research and development in Belgium's Leuven and Germany's Augsburg. It also has an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland. Option maintains offices in Europe, U.S., Japan, and Australia.