Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marvell Acquires DS2 for Powerline Chips

Marvell acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. ("DS2"), a supplier of high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Marvell said powerline technology represents one of the easiest and most reliable ways to build a network for distributing broadband media in most homes.

DS2 was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Valencia, Spain. The company was a leading technology innovator in next-generation wireline technology based on the standard, which aims to combine, powerline, coaxial, and phoneline wiring within a single wired home network. DS2 was also a global supplier of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions and Universal Powerline Association (UPA) compatible circuits for Digital Home, Smart Grid and Ethernet over Coax applications. At the close of the acquisition, approximately 75 employees joined Marvell's worldwide development team.

"With the industry ready to standardize on Powerline technology and consumer demand for new home networking options rising fast, now is the time to drive innovation in this space," said Gani Jusuf, Vice President of Product Development, Communications and Consumer Business Group of Marvell Semiconductor.

  • In March 2010, DS2, which supplies high-speed powerline and coax communications silicon, initiated a voluntary Concurso de Acreedores (similar to a Chapter 11 filing) in the Spanish courts while it develops a plan of reorganization to address its debt. DS2 said it will continue to operate as usual and continue its long-standing commitment to its customers, suppliers, partners and employees.

    At the time, DS2 confirmed that is in the process of finalizing development of its chipset and will have samples in Q3. DS2's next generation silicon is also compatible with the installed base of UPA devices providing extended life cycle and investment protection for current deployments of DS2 technology.

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