Monday, March 21, 2005

TelASIC Raises $26 Million for 3G Silicon

TelASIC Communications, a start-up based in El Segundo, California, raised $26 million in Series D funding for its high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and sub-systems for the 3G wireless infrastructure market. TelASIC's offers analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and proprietary digital pre-distortion (DPD) linearization technology, and a complete RF-to-baseband solution. TelASIC's technology accommodates a wide range of wireless protocols, such as W-CDMA, CDMA2000, WiMAX, and WiBRO, on a single platform, and is already being incorporated into next-generation base station equipment deployments by several customers.

ComVentures, a leading venture capital firm focused on communications technologies, led the round. Existing investors Mission Ventures, The IPO Group, Agilent Technologies, and Redpoint Ventures participated as well.

  • TelASIC was spun out of Raytheon in 2002. The company's ASICs incorporate Raytheon's radio frequency (RF) technology used in defense applications.

  • TelASIC is headed by Prabhat K. Dubey, who previously founded Force10 Networks. Before that, he was President and CEO of MMC Networks, a company that created the "Network Processor" category for switching/routing infrastructure equipment and was acquired by AMCC for $4.5 billion.


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