Wow. I thought it was big news when Atheros announced a new wireless chip yesterday that would combine 802.11n and Bluetooth in a small form factor unit for tablets and other mobile devices. Today we have bigger news: Chip-maker Qualcomm is buying Atheros for $3.1 billion.
Qualcomm is best known for making low power ARM-based processors that are used in phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Atheros, on the other hand, builds wireless components for laptops and other computers. The move could seriously increase Qualcomm’s influence in the computing and communications spaces.
The companies expect the deal to close in the first half of the year.
I suppose it’s unlikely that the companies will decide to rebrand as Q&A, but I can dream, right?