Intel has announced the purchase of a German drone company called Ascending Technologies in a move to position itself at the forefront of this growing device market. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Intel New Technology Group general manager Josh Walden announced the deal in a blog post, explaining that the company believes drones have huge commercial potential and that Intel believes it can help evolve their capabilities.
“Drones are quickly emerging as an important computing platform of the future. With practical applications ranging from disaster response, to infrastructure inspection, to delivery of goods, [drones] offer an incredible opportunity for innovation across a multitude of industries,” he said.
Intel has worked with Ascending Technologies before, supplying its RealSense image technology to the company to help power its ‘sense-and-avoid’ algorithms, as shown in the video below.
Walden explained that bringing Ascending Technologies into the Intel fold would allow the firm to work even more closely on improving drones and their underlying technology.
“Intel is positioning itself at the forefront of this opportunity to increasingly integrate the computing, communications, sensor and cloud technology required to make drones smarter and more connected,” he said.
“We plan for the Ascending Technologies team to continue supporting their current customers while also collaborating with Intel’s Perceptual Computing team to develop technology that can help drones fly with more awareness of their environments.”
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is expected to provide more insight into the acquisition during his keynote address at the CES show in Las Vegas late on Tuesday.
— Brian Krzanich (@bkrunner) January 3, 2016
Ascending Technologies acknowledged the deal on its website and, to mark the occasion, published a video showing one of its drones drawing the Intel logo.