Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Vuforia business to PTC (NASDAQ: PTC), a global provider of technology platforms and solutions that transform how companies create, operate, and service the “things” in the Internet of Things (IoT). Under terms of the agreement, PTC will acquire the award-winning Vuforia business, including the developer ecosystem.
“Qualcomm always looks to push the boundaries of what is possible with computer vision. By leveraging the Company’s mobile technology leadership, Vuforia has become the platform of choice for developers of augmented reality applications,” said Derek Aberle, President of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We share PTC’s vision for a connected world and look forward to seeing the Vuforia mobile platform continuing to flourish under PTC’s leadership. Qualcomm will continue to drive computer vision technology that will unlock a wide variety of applications for consumers and businesses around the world.”
Vuforia is a mobile vision platform that enables applications to see, connecting the physical world with digital experiences that demand attention, drive engagement and deliver value. Over the 5 years since its inception, Vuforia has become an industry leading platform that has been supported by a global ecosystem of developers.
“The Vuforia team has made incredible progress establishing augmented reality as a medium for leading brands to reach millions of consumers around the globe,” said Jay Wright, vice president of Vuforia, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. “I look forward to leading the team under PTC.”
The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
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