Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swisscom Invests in Quantenna for Whole-Home 4x4 MIMO

Swisscom has made a strategic investment in Quantenna Communications, a start-up developing silicon for high-speed, wireless high definition (HD) video home networking. The investment expands Quantenna's Series C funding round, which also includes previous announced investors Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Venrock Associates. To date, Quantenna has raised over $44 million.

Quantenna leverages dynamic digital beamforming to deliver very high-speed wireless coverage throughout the whole home for sharing high definition (HD) video and multimedia content between home gateways and TVs. Quantenna's silicon is targeted at devices such as home residential gateways, set-top boxes, routers, HDTVs and consumer electronic devices, which all require high bandwidth and reliability to support whole home HD video distribution and networking over standard Wi-Fi networks.

  • In May, Quantenna Communications named David French as its new CEO, succeeding Dr. Behrooz Rezvani, who will continue his role as president of Quantenna and chairman of the Board of Directors. French brings more than three decades of semiconductor experience to Quantenna. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Cirrus Logic Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor public company. Under French's leadership, Cirrus Logic emerged as a world leader in audio integrated circuits, such as audio converters and audio digital signal processors, as well as industrial mixed-signal and embedded ICs. Prior to Cirrus Logic, French was the vice president and general manager at Analog Devices Inc.