Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Exalt Raises $15 Million for its Microwave Radios

Exalt Communications, a start-up based in Campbell, California, has raised $15 million in new funding for its high-performance licensed and license-exempt microwave radio systems for wireless backhaul applications. The company plans to use the money to accelerate international growth, expand marketing and sales to carriers, governments and enterprises, strengthen its presence in North America and continue expanding its robust product portfolio.

Exalt, which was founded in 2004 by former executives at Western Multiplexer, developed customized silicon capable of transporting native TDM and native IP over broadband wireless links. The silicon enables software configurable channel bandwidth and modulation, thereby eliminating the need for field replaceable plug-in modules and minimizing downtime. Exalt employs highly efficient modulation at up to 128 QAM to enable the maximum possible transmission capacities over the smallest available spectrum.

The software upgradeable capacity also enables operators to follow a "pay-as-you-grow" model as they expand and modernize their networks.

Exalt licensed and license-exempt microwave radios are available in bands covering 2 - 40 GHz. The product family now includes Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The radios feature guaranteed throughput, software upgradeable capacity, low latency and native TDM and native Ethernet support. Exalt radio systems are available in all-indoor, all-outdoor, and split-mount models, enabling customers to choose the configuration that best meets the needs of any given site.

Exalt said that in the four years since its founding, it has developed and delivered an entirely new class of high-performance microwave radio systems to more than 500 customers including wireline carriers, mobile operators, government agencies and enterprises.

The new funding was led by InterWest Partners, joining existing investors Velocity Interactive Group and Trinity Ventures, who were full participants in the round.