Laird Connectivity acquires Boundary Devices

  • December 14, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Ohio-based IoT firm Laird Connectivity has acquired Boundary Devices, which designs and makes systems-on-module (SoMs) and single board computers (SBCs).

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Boundary Devices is a pioneer in providing SoMs and SBCs that serve a diverse and global customer base across high-growth end markets, including IoT, commercial equipment, laboratory instruments and industrial automation. The company provides a one-stop-shop for those seeking a partner able to offer hardware design for NXP i.MX applications processors, software development, US-based manufacturing, and integration, backed by engineering and customer support.

The acquisition enhances the growing Laird SoM portfolio by providing a complement of SoMs and SBCs for a wide range of applications. This builds on Laird’s strategy to simplify wireless connectivity, by combining the value-added products of Boundary Devices with Laird’s wireless connectivity portfolio.

“I am excited to welcome the Boundary Devices team to our organisation,” said Bill Steinike, CEO of Laird Connectivity. “Through combining Laird Connectivity’s wireless portfolio with the advanced embedded computing from Boundary Devices, we can significantly enhance the value we bring to our customers. This acquisition, with the expansion of our product families and added resources across our advanced engineering teams, is a critical milestone in our strategic vision to help our customers accelerate and enable wireless innovations.”

Robert Thompson, director at NXP Semiconductors, added: “Laird Connectivity and Boundary Devices are both NXP Gold partners, and their combination will lead to greater integration of NXP processers and radios into innovations for our customers.”

And Pejman Kalkhoran, CEO of Boundary Devices, said: “As an industry leader and innovator in wireless modules and IoT, Laird Connectivity provides the resources, capabilities and strategic fit to continue to enhance and expand our product portfolio globally. We look forward to joining the Laird Connectivity team and driving more success with our combinations.”

Laird Connectivity simplifies wireless connectivity with RF modules, internal antennas, IoT devices and custom wireless products. Boundary Devices is a supplier of NXP’s i.MX based SBCs and SoMs for the general embedded market.