Pratul shroff

Pratul Shroff. (eInfochips photo)

Indian American-led, San Jose, Calif.-based eInfochips Jan. 2 was acquired by Centennial, Colo.-based Arrow Electronics Inc.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

eInfochips, founded by former Intel Corp. chip designer Pratul Shroff in 1994, is a project engineering firm that offers high-tech design services like chip design. It employs 1,500 people with many workers at its dual headquarters in India.

Shroff's company will expand Arrow’s IoT “sensor-to-sunset” platform by adding engineering, solution architecture, embedded software development, security, mobile device connectivity, app development, cloud configuration and management, and managed services including big-data analytics, Arrow said.

Arrow’s services link customers to its engineers online to offer virtual collaboration, according to an Arrow news release.

“Upon close of this acquisition, eInfochips advances our IoT strategy, expands our offerings, and moves us into the rapidly growing IoT services market. As a result, we will deliver complex and connected IoT solutions and technologies across multiple cloud platforms,” said Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Arrow, in a statement.

The deal is expected to close this month.

Shroff founded eInfochips in late 1994 with one other person. As of 2010, the company grew to more than 650 engineering professionals.

Prior to his time with eInfochips, the Indian American was the president of Contech from 1988 to 1993. After spending three years with Intel, Shroff then became the marketing manager and software engineer at Daisy Systems, where he worked for five years until moving on to Contech.

He is a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, as well as Cornell University.

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