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Wireless networking startup attracts Moto money

Tue, 03/13/2007 - 7:09am
Brian Santo, CED

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in Amimon, a fabless semiconductor company focused on ICs that will enable the wireless transmission of uncompressed high definition video. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Amimon is a startup based in Israel. Many of its executives have experience with Tower Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

Amimon has developed wireless chips that rely on a variation of 802.11n Wi-Fi technology. They operate in a 40 MHz channel in the 5 GHz band and are theoretically capable of transmission rates up to 3 Gbps. The company has recently demonstrated the technology at rates up to 1.5 GHz.

If successful, the ability to distribute uncompressed HD video would make the chips highly appropriate for home networking applications - which explains Motorola's interest.

The company's designs are not yet ready for full-scale production, though it expects to be able to start producing in volume within a few months.

"We believe that Amimon's WHDI Technology is setting a new standard in wireless HDTV connectivity which nicely aligns with Motorola's connected home strategy," said Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Ventures. "Our investment reflects our belief that Amimon's solution is well-positioned to offer a high-quality wireless uncompressed HDTV link between video sources such as a digital set-top and a high-definition TV."

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