Newtec Acquires France’s TurboConcept
[8-30-07 – Satellite News Today] Newtec, the Belgian satellite solutions company, has acquired France’s TurboConcept, a provider of technology used in satellite and wireless communications, Newtec announced Aug. 30.
TurboConcept, based in Brest, France, specializes in the development of intellectual property cores for the implementation of forward error correction codes such as turbo and LDPC codes. The IP cores are integrated into the receiver chips of many satellite receivers, wireless modems and mobile handsets.
Newtec believes the acquisition will help it offer products with improved satellite bandwidth efficiency, the company said.
“TurboConcept develops core technology we integrate in our DVB-S2 (digital video broadcasting-satellite-second generation) based products,” Serge Van Herck, Newtec’s CEO, said in a statement. “Both companies are leading European technology references in the satellite communication industry. We share similar core values as we have the same passion for shaping the future of satellite communications. With TurboConcept as a subsidiary we want to further increase the satellite bandwidth efficiency of our TV, [high-definition TV] and [Internet Protocol] broadband products.”