Apple has agreed a $356m deal to buy US chip maker and security firm AuthenTec.
The deal will see Apple pay $8 per-share, a 58 per cent premium over the $5.07 trading value of AuthenTec's shares. AuthenTec primarily makes fingerprint sensor chips used in personal computers.
Apple will also take over ownership of AnthenTec's patents and intellectual property. Apple has yet to comment on its motivation for the takeover and AuthenTec declined V3's request for comment.
One motivation could be the company's patent portfolio. Apple is currently embroiled in a number of bitter lawsuits and countersuits with rivals like Samsung and HTC over alleged cases of patent infringement.
The battles have led companies into a patent accumulation war. Famously, Google acquired Motorola's smartphone division in, openly stating the purchase was in part designed to protect it from patent infringement lawsuits.
Most recently, Apple managed to stall a UK court order forcing it to publicly print statements on its website and in national newspapers admitting Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not copy its iPad tablet.
The move could cause a double blow to Samsung, which currently has a deal with AuthenTec to provide virtual private networking (VPN) for its range of Android devices.
At the time of publishing Samsung had not responded to V3's request for comment.
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