The idea of ​​mak­ing smart­watch­es has sud­den­ly become very pop­u­lar. Some man­u­fac­tur­ers have already released their devices, while oth­ers are just prepar­ing to mas­ter a new line of busi­ness for them­selves. And Intel may soon enter this mar­ket.

About a month ago, it became known that Basis Sci­ence wants to sell its smart­watch busi­ness and is look­ing for inter­est­ed buy­ers among tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies. At the same time, nego­ti­a­tions were held with Apple and Google. The pos­si­bil­i­ty of enter­ing into an agree­ment with Sam­sung and Microsoft was also men­tioned. How­ev­er, in the end, Intel act­ed as the buy­er. The exact amount of the trans­ac­tion is not called. Accord­ing to var­i­ous sources, it can be either “about $100 mil­lion” or “clos­er to $150 mil­lion”.

Intel can use Basis Sci­ence to strength­en its posi­tion in com­pe­ti­tion with oth­er chip man­u­fac­tur­ers: Qual­comm, Texas Instru­ments and STMi­cro­elec­tron­ics. Cur­rent­ly, they offer a wide range of sen­sors for wear­able elec­tron­ic devices. With the pur­chase of Basis Sci­ence, Intel can also offer its own smart­watch ref­er­ence design. [Techcrunch]