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Amimon, Wireless Video Chipmaker, Acquired by Vitec Group

The Vitec Group, best known for its pro video camera brands Vinten, Sachtler, Teradek, Paralinx, Anton/Bauer, SmallHD and many others, announced that its division Vitec Creative Solutions has acquired wireless chip maker Amimon Inc. in a US$55 million cash deal.  The Israel-based company Amimon supplies wireless chip technology to most brands in the professional video transmission business, such as Teradek or Paralinx (which were conveniently also acquired by Vitec Group in the past). In fact, Amimon is the largest manufacturer of wireless video transmission chips, and only their chips are certified by the FCC to be used legally in the US. Vitec Group’s acquisition of Amimon is a smart move considering it already owns Teradek, Paralinx, which rely heavily on Amimon technology in their products. SmallHD, which itself was bought by Vitec Group about 4 years ago, recently also started putting wireless functionality directly into their products (e.g. with the 703 Bolt Wireless Monitor). With wireless video on the rise, Amimon fits perfectly into Vitec Group’s existing business. Teradek 703 Bolt Wireless uses Amimon technology, like many other products by the Vitec Group. With its dominant position as a wireless chip maker for pro video, the question is whether Amimon will continue to provide chips to other companies outside of the Vitec universe as well. For example, SWIT uses Amimon technology in their wireless products as well, but of course they are competing with Vitec (Anton/Bauer) in their prime business, batteries. This is just one example of many other companies...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Monday, 12 November

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