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Intel Follows Qualcomm Into Drone Business With German Startup Purchase

Terms weren't disclosed, but all 75 workers are getting job offers from Intel.

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Intel said Monday it is buying German drone maker Ascending Technologies for an undisclosed price, following rival chipmaker Qualcomm’s move into the space.

Qualcomm last year said it was getting into the drone business, noting that drones were becoming, essentially, smartphones with wings.

Intel didn’t disclose the price, but said it is making job offers to the company’s 75 employees. It said to expect more details on its plans to come from CEO Brian Krzanich who is giving a keynote Tuesday at CES.

Ascending Technologies was already using Intel’s 3-D depth camera to power its collision avoidance systems.

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