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Apple supplier Qorvo acquires ultra-wideband chip maker Decawave

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

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

Qorvo Bob Bruggeworth President and Chief Executive Officer said: "Let Decawave join us to establish our position as an accurate and safe short-range positioning solution in emerging markets.

Decawave is a Dublin-based company that specializes in ultra-wideband wireless technology, which is a low-power but highly accurate object positioning system. Apple introduced a dedicated UWB processor called U1 in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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

The U1 chip has caused some controversy, but it was revealed that Apple's current implementation on the system uses location data.

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