CDMA developer Qualcomm yesterday announced it will pay about $56 million cash to acquire Berkana Wireless, a fabless semiconductor company based in the Silicon Valley that has designed lower-cost CMOS radio frequency integrated circuits.

“Qualcomm and Berkana share a common vision, with complementary products, processes and roadmaps. Our aligned strategies make this decision a logical and mutually beneficial one," Qualcomm CDMA Technologies President Sanjay Jha said in a prepared statement. "This acquisition reinforces our leadership in RF in the 3G wireless market, enabling us to more quickly deliver new highly integrated RF CMOS solutions to our customers."

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