Microsoft buys Israeli digital pen maker N-trig: Report

Microsoft buys Israeli digital pen maker N-trig: Report

TEL AVIV - Microsoft is buying N-trig, an Israeli provider of digital pens and chips for touch screens, for at least US$200 million (S$272.05 million), the Calcalist financial news website said on Thursday.

Most of N-trig's 190 workers will be integrated into Microsoft Israel and will be part of a new research and development centre, Calcalist said, without citing sources.

Officials at N-trig and Microsoft in Israel could not be reached for comment.

N-trig was valued at US$75 million when it raised money privately last February.

N-trig had revenue of US$36.7 million in 2013, up 38 per cent from 2012. Revenue totalled US$20.6 million in the first half of 2014, when it sold 1.3 million digital pens, more than three times the amount it sold in the same period of 2013.

Microsoft, which owns 6.1 per cent of the company, signed a deal last year to integrate N-trig' s pen in its Surface Pro 3 tablets. Other investors in the company include Evergreen Venture Partners, Canaan Partners and Tamares.

Customers for N-trig's technology include Sony, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo for use in smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks.

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