Motorola, through its investment arm Motorola Ventures, announced today that it has invested in integrated circuits (IC) manufacturer Zenverge.
Other existing investors, including DCM and Norwest Venture Partners, also provided funds. The financing will support production of a family of single-chip media ICs based on the Zenverge Entertainment Nexus (ZEN), which is a new architecture for digital HD convergence.
Zenverge’s media ICs support transcoding, decoding and encoding of multiple formats at up to four times HD performance or for up to four simultaneous HD streams. Now shipping to qualified customers worldwide, Zenverge ICs are being incorporated into HDTVs, Blu-ray/DVD players and recorders, set-tops, media gateways, portable device adapters, PCs and professional/network video equipment.
“At Motorola, we aim to accelerate the delivery of personal media experiences so people can access, share and enjoy multi-media anywhere, both at home and on the go,” said Reese Schroeder, managing director of Motorola Ventures. “Zenverge is implementing the critical technology that will provide consumer access to HD media content at each point in the converged digital video chain.”
The amount of Motorola’s investment wasn’t available.
Motorola also made several announcements today on the wireless front, including:
- A new WiMAX gateway, ASN 1000, that was designed for deployments of 24,000 subscribers or less. Motorola said the five-rack unit ASN 1000 can manage up to 200 access points and can help service providers reach low teledensity areas.
- A new WiMAX customer premises device, the CPEi 090, which is a data-only solution that was designed for low ARPU deployments.
- A new docking station, or cradle, for its WiMAX USBw 200 dongle. Motorola said the new docking station significantly improves the indoor performance of its USBw 200, which was introduced last year.
The new products will be featured at Motorola’s booth during the Mobile World Congress 2010 event.
Motorola also announced that its adaptive tri-radio AP-7131 access point (AP) has expanded its wireless LAN coverage by 60 percent, resulting in more coverage when compared with other 802.11n APs that are available in today’s marketplace.