Friday, March 09, 2012

RIM buys Paratek to boost wireless tuning tech

BlackBerry maker RIM has just revealed it acquired Paratek, a company specializing in adaptive RF technology for wireless communications. The Nashua, New Hampshire-based company's expertise will be used to improve RIM's multi-band radios so they can connect to more wireless networks and other devices and do so more efficiently. Paratek also worked on optimizing the energy use of its wireless tech in the past, which is more know-how RIM is likely to tap.

Paratek's adaptive radio-frequency technology is called ParaScan, and the hope is that RIM will have BlackBerry hardware that supports more 3G and 4G standards.

RIM didn't divulge the financial details of the acquisition. Paratek has been in business for 14 years, and employs nearly 60. It has engineering development facilities in Crystal Lake, Illinois and Burlington, Ontario, Canada.