Kudelski sells chip unit to Taiwan's ALi

The Kudelski Group, primarily known for media content protection and middleware for advanced TV services, has agreed to sell semiconductor unit Abilis Systems Sarl to Taiwan's ALi Corporation, a chip company focused on integrated circuit design for set-top boxes.

The acquisition also involves an agreement between Kudelski and ALi under which ALi will integrate Kudelski's Nagra On-Chip Security (NOCS) onto its own lines of chipsets. Set-top boxes with the ALi components integrated with NOCS are expected to be available to TV service providers next year. The companies also will continue to work together to develop new solutions.

Based in Geneva, Abilis is a fabless semiconductor company providing RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions.

Cheseaux, Switzerland-based Kudelski often has been more a buyer than a seller in the mergers and acquisition game. The company acquired middleware vendor OpenTV and content encryption and watermarking firm Medialive about three years ago. Since then, the company has been changing course somewhat, embarking on a restructuring program a year ago this month and taking steps to increase licensing efforts around its intellectual property.

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- here's the Kudelski release

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