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Entropic swallows up Vativ Technologies

Fri, 04/04/2008 - 8:40am
Traci Patterson

Entropic Communications, a silicon solutions provider, has acquired Vativ Technologies, a semiconductor company that specializes in high-bandwidth digital signal processing solutions, for about $5.9 million.

The acquisition is in line with Entropic’s focus on connected home entertainment. Vativ has developed solutions for high-definition (HD) and digital TV applications, including an intellectual property portfolio and a HD Multimedia Interface (HDMI) product family.

Vativ has also designed a digital signal processing (DSP)-based adaptive equalization capability for enhanced signal recovery, and this can be applied to the digital TV market.

"The Vativ Technologies acquisition brings Entropic a highly experienced and innovative team with core competencies in physical layer, digital signal processing, communication systems and mixed signal, filling some key roles in our hiring plan and enhancing our intellectual property portfolio," said Patrick Henry, chairman and CEO of Entropic.

"In addition, Vativ's HDMI product offering is complementary to our tuner product line, and their DSP-based adaptive equalization capability provides us with a key building-block technology,” Henry continued. “This acquisition represents part of our corporate strategy to address adjacent market opportunities within the large and rapidly growing markets for HD video and connected home entertainment."

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