Monday, September 28, 2009

Netlist files suit against Inphi

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inphi Corporation, a high-speed analog semiconductor company, announced today that it will vigorously defend itself in response to a nuisance lawsuit announced by Netlist, Inc. on September 23, 2009. The Netlist press release claims that Inphi’s newly developed iMB ™ technology infringes on Netlist’s U.S. Patent No. 7,532,537. While Inphi has not received any communication from Netlist on this matter, nor been served with a complaint, Inphi has examined the patent in question and believes there is no infringement.

“Inphi’s iMB technology has been widely praised in the marketplace and is now gaining significant traction. Inphi intends to continue to develop innovative technologies in earnest and will respond accordingly to contrived efforts to obstruct our progress,” said Young Sohn, president and CEO of Inphi.

Editor's note: US Patent 7,532,537 is entitled, "Memory module with a circuit providing load isolation and memory domain translation."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Recore Systems receives US$ 3 million funding

ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands, September 18, 2009 - Recore Systems, a fabless semiconductor company specialized in reconfigurable multi-core processors, received US$ 3 million funding in September 2009. The investment round was led by Point-One Innovation Fund and the East Netherlands Participation Company.

The new funds will be used to expand the sales, marketing and customer support organization. Moreover, the company will release a chip for receiving digital radio and TV. This receiver chip targets consumer electronics for European and Asian markets, such as (car) radio systems, portable media players and navigation devices. Its features include reception and playback of DMB, DAB+ and DAB broadcasts. The underlying reconfigurable technology allows the receiver to be used in every region of the world and enables adapting to new or unforeseen developments. Integrating the silicon tuner, baseband processing and media decoding in a single chip makes the solution cost competitive and easy to integrate in end user applications.

“Raising venture capital in the semiconductor industry in these challenging times is a great confirmation of the excellence of our technology and people”, stated Recore Systems’ CEO Paul Heysters. “During the past years, we strengthened our IP portfolio and we are now ready to enter the market with a chip of our own. We offer a future-proof digital radio/TV receiver chip that can be fine-tuned in software to the requirements of a specific region. Entering this market requires expansion of our business development team, which will also foster our IP sales. We are therefore very excited to have Point-One Innovation Fund and the East Netherlands Participation Company as part of our investor base.”

Recore Systems’ products enable highly efficient multi-core systems for applications such as broadcasting, multimedia, wireless (tele)communication and digital beamforming. These fully programmable systems reduce time-to-market and add flexibility through software upgrades.

Recore Systems is a fabless semiconductor company that develops advanced digital signal processing platform chips and licenses reconfigurable semiconductor IP. Recore's technology enables ultra energy-efficient digital signal processing in products such as cell phones, digital radios/TVs and infotainment/navigation systems.
The company is specialized in reconfigurable multi-core designs that allow instant adaptation to new situations and offer a unique combination of flexibility, high performance, low power and low cost. Scalability of the technology allows use in both consumer and high-end applications.
Recore's reconfigurable technology comprises innovative processor cores, design tools for easy integration in customer solutions and ready-to-use applications. Besides reconfigurable hardware solutions, Recore provides accompanying IDE tools, software libraries and application engineering services.

Point-One Innovation Fund is an early stage Venture Capital Cooperation in The Netherlands with a focus on the technology domain, including semiconductors, software, consumer electronics and media, communication, mobile applications, automotive, gaming, navigation, internet and medical devices for the home. The fund emphasizes technologies that are friendly in terms of energy consumption. Point-One Innovation Fund has been set up to help create and grow high-tech start-up companies in the Netherlands.

The East Netherlands Participation Company invests in promising businesses. Companies that are pioneers or give the regional economy a boost. We focus on the market sectors health, technology and the food industry. But other innovative companies are also welcome, of course. The fund invests in starters, early phases, expansion, bridge financing, management follow-up, restructuring, company succession, management buy-outs and buy-ins.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SMSC Announces Close of Tallika Corporation Acquisition

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC), a leading semiconductor company providing Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity™ solutions, today announced that its acquisition of Tallika Corporation (Tallika) closed on September 8, 2009. Tallika’s team of approximately 50 highly skilled engineers are located in design centers in Chennai, India and Phoenix, Arizona. This team brings to SMSC a broad set of capabilities, including SoC design and software development. Under terms of the acquisition, SMSC paid approximately $3.4 million.

Tallika is expected to play a significant role in accelerating SMSC’s product roadmaps, including USB 3.0, and brings a breadth of expertise in a mix of engineering disciplines including hardware, software, systems, digital design and verification/validation.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Black Sand Technologies announces 3G CMOS Power Amplifier and $10M 2nd round funding

AUSTIN, Texas — Sep. 8, 2009 — Black Sand Technologies, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in advanced power amplifier technology for wireless applications, today announced that it has produced the world’s first 3G CMOS RF Power Amplifier (PA). Black Sand’s proprietary CMOS PA architecture offers a breakthrough in combined performance, cost, battery life, and reliability for mobile devices such as mobile phones and datacards. The company also announced today that it has received US$10 million in its second round of funding. The round was led by Northbridge Venture Partners and joined by Austin Ventures, bringing the total investment in the company to US$18.2 million. Black Sand will use the funding to bring its power amplifiers into mass production and accelerate development of additional products.

Black Sand’s RF PA products are targeted at mobile phones and other 3G wireless devices, such as datacards and netbooks. Mobile phones and wireless products today use power amplifiers based on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology. Replacing GaAs with CMOS silicon technology improves manufacturing yield, performance, cost, battery life, and call quality.

Over time CMOS has replaced GaAs technology in many other applications from audio chips to DVD decoders. However, CMOS does not lend itself easily to use in power amplifiers, so a revolutionary architecture was required. “By leveraging our breakthrough PA architecture, Black Sand, as the first company to deliver 3G PAs in CMOS, is ready to capitalize on the historic shift from GaAs to CMOS, and benefit from the explosion in demand for new 3G devices appearing on the market today,” said John Diehl, CEO of Black Sand Technologies.

“The RF front end of mobile phones is continuing to grow in complexity and with the development of linear, 3G CMOS PA technology, enabling advances such as integrated digital control circuits, Black Sand is in a unique position to profit from this technological shift as the market moves from 2G to 3G,” added Brian Modoff, Senior Wireless Equipment Analyst at Deutsche Bank.

“We were impressed to see that Black Sand delivered working samples of their new PA architecture much sooner than expected.” said Basil Horangic, Partner at Northbridge Venture Partners. “This is a very competitive market and Black Sand’s linear PA architecture puts them out in front. Their unique offering will provide the basis for a broad portfolio of products from 2G to 4G.” Krishna Srinivasan, Partner at Austin Ventures added, “Since inception this team has executed in hitting milestones and developing new, world-class IP, and we are delighted to continue our support for the company as they enter a new phase of growth.”

“Black Sand is extremely pleased with this up-round of financing that we’ve received. Our company is now well positioned to take these products to market by providing a new level of integrated cost and performance to our customers” concluded Diehl.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

TriQuint Acquires TriAccess Technologies

HILLSBORO, Ore. & SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF front-end product manufacturer and foundry services provider, announced its acquisition of TriAccess Technologies, a leading provider of Cable TV (CATV) and Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) integrated circuits for the amplification of high-quality multimedia content, effective today. Previously, TriQuint served as TriAccess’ foundry supplier.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. TriAccess’ results are not expected to materially impact TriQuint’s net income. In conjunction with this transaction, the Board of Directors has approved issuance of 170,300 stock options to ten former TriAccess employees under TriQuint’s 2008 Inducement Award Program. The stock option grants are effective September 3, 2009. A majority of TriQuint’s independent directors approved the grant of the stock options in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Standard 5635(c)(4). The stock options granted as part of the award program have a 10-year life, vest 25% twelve months from the date of grant, with the remaining 75% of the option vesting in equal quarterly installments of 6.25% over the next twelve quarters. They have an exercise price of $7.54, which is the closing price of TriQuint’s common stock on September 3, 2009. The options expire on September 3, 2019.