Kudelski sells chip operation
The Kudelski Group has sold off its Abilis fabless IC company to ALi Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan.
Abilis designs RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions, the two companies said. Abilis was founded on the proposition of making what it referred to as mobile TVs on a chip.
The companies did not disclose the financial details, but the two will use the sale as the springboard for an ongoing relationship.
ALi has agreed to “actively support Kudelski in protecting the pay-TV content across the set-top box value chain.” Specifically, ALi has agreed to integrate Nagra On-Chip Security (NOCS) in its chipsets aimed at set-top boxes and other devices for pay-TV operators.
ALi envisions that set-top boxes powered with ALi chips and embedded with NOCS will be available to operators in 2013.