National Instruments (NI) and Signalion signed a definitive agreement for NI to acquire all the outstanding shares of SIGNALION effective November 30, 2012. Signalion will operate as a wholly-owned NI subsidiary under the existing leadership at its current locations in Dresden, Germany and Yokahama, Japan.
Who is NI?
Since 1976, National Instruments (www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI’s graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders. NI sells to a broad base of more than 35,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 4 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 6,600 employees worldwide and direct operations in more than 40 countries. NI has been named one of the Top 25 Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work®. NI is also currently recognized by the Great Place to Work® Institute at NI Corporate, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
Who is Signalion?
Founded in 2003 as a spinoff from the Technical University Dresden, Signalion provides test and measurement (T&M) products and services for wireless mobile communications. Having started the business with supplying highly specialized consulting services in the area of mobile communications Signalion introduced the first test-UE (UE: user equipment) for the upcoming standard LTE ahead of all competition in 2007. Since then Signalion has been working very closely with the customers to meet their particular requirements. Customer intimacy, product customization and being first in the market with new solutions have been the drivers for Signalion’s success and have made Signalion a particularly recognized brand in the domain of wireless communications systems testing. Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, the company has approximately 50 employees. The core expertise of the company is products and solutions for wireless communications base station test and LTE UE (user equipment) simulation.
Why is NI acquiring Signalion?
Signalion brings strong talent and technologies to the NI platforms that are critical as NI continues to drive growth in the RF T&M industry. Signalion joining National Instruments adds key technical talent with depth in complex RF and communications algorithms.
How does the Signalion acquisition align with the NI long-term vision?
Signalion expertise and IP can evolve NI graphical system design software (LabVIEW) and modular hardware (PXI) to create products for UE (user equipment) emulation, base station test, and signaling for mobile device production test.
Is there a prior relationship between Signalion and NI?
Yes. Prior to the acquisition NI started to work with Signalion on projects related to the research, development and implementation on the NI platform of a base station for signaling-based production test for LTE mobile devices.
What are the terms of the acquisition?
Details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
Will NI sell Signalion products or Signalion sell NI products?
Signalion will continue to sell and support its products under the Signalion brand through its direct distributor and OEM channels.
Do Signalion customers have to contact NI for Signalion product sales, support and service?
Signalion customers should continue to contact Signalion or its distributors for their sales and services needs.
How can customers contact Signalion?
Signalion will continue to operate with the same phone numbers, e-mail addresses and Web address. For details, visit www.signalion.com.
Is there an official statement about the acquisition?
Yes. NI acquired all of the outstanding shares of Signalion GmbH effective November 30, 2012. Acquisition terms were agreeable to both parties and are not public. Dr. Tim Hentschel and Dr. Thorsten Dräger, co-founders of Signalion, will remain the managing directors. Signalion brings strong talent and technologies to the NI platforms that are critical as NI continues to drive growth in the RF T&M industry. Signalion expertise and IP can evolve NI graphical system design software (LabVIEW) and modular hardware (PXI) to create products for UE (user equipment) emulation, base station test, and signaling for mobile device production test. Customers should continue to contact Signalion for Signalion product sales and support.
Who can answer additional questions?
Dr. Tim Hentschel
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