Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ClariPhy Raises $24 Million for its 10/40/100G ICs

ClariPhy Communications, a start-up based in Irvine, California with engineering in Argentina, has raised $24 million in series C funding for its high speed communications ICs.

ClariPhy's portfolio includes mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for 10, 40 and 100 Gbps optical networking and communication applications. ClariPhy plans to use the funding to deliver a new class of single chip MXSP ICs that significantly increase an optical network's reach and tolerance to impairments (such as chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion and fiber nonlinearity).

The company's line of 10G, 40G and 100G networking chips are based on advanced MXSP schemes such as Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (MLSE) and Coherent Detection that approach the limits of achievable performance. ClariPhy's implementation of these schemes in 40 nm single-chip CMOS enables equipment designers to reduce cost and power by integrating multiple system functions into customized System on Chip (SoC) solutions.

The funding round includes new strategic investors -- Oclaro, a tier-one provider of optical communications and laser components, and multiple telecom OEMs. All ClariPhy's existing venture investors participated in this round, including Norwest Venture Partners, Allegis Capital, Onset Ventures and Pacific General Ventures.

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