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Quantenna Communications selects Azimuth’s Spider to deliver video and data distribution

Azimuth Systems Inc., a leading provider of automated, real-world mobile performance test solutions, announced that Quantenna Communications Inc., a leading developer of 802.11ac and 802.11n semiconductor solutions for the next generation of ultra-reliable Wi-Fi networks, has selected the Azimuth’s scalable automated RF platform, Spider™, for its wireless development and product testing, and for its system verification within its ecosystem of carriers, home networking, and consumer electronics vendors.


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Silicon Labs reduces cost and complexity of timing technology for coherent optical market

Silicon Labs introduced a family of jitter-attenuating clocks that simplifies 100G/400G coherent optical line card and module design by providing a high-frequency, flexible clocking solution that significantly reduces system-level cost and complexity. Silicon Labs’ new Si534xH coherent optical clocks replace discrete timing solutions that rely on expensive, large-footprint voltage-controlled SAW oscillators (VCSOs) to provide low-jitter reference timing for data converters. Unlike VCSOs that support single, fixed frequencies, the new Si534xH clocks operate over a wide frequency range, supporting frequencies up to 2.7 GHz without the need to change bill-of-material (BOM) components.


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Broadcom introduces Enterprise 5G-HD Wi-Fi platform

Broadcom Ltd. announced a new dual-channel 5GHz Wi-Fi access point platform designed to enable enterprise and public venue operators to optimize performance for all connected devices. The Broadcom® 5G-HD platform is built on the new BCM49408 quad-core CPU, enabling client devices that are 5GHz 11ac-capable to maintain the fastest possible speeds by eliminating performance degradation that occurs when slower client devices share traditional single channel 5GHz Wi-Fi access points.


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TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform enabling high-speed wireline communications

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age. Wireline data traffic is increasing dramatically, with traffic at Google famously increasing by 50 times over the last six to seven years, or at 75 percent per year. Estimates vary, but experts agree on double digit CAGRs and a 2020 market for high speed optical components in excess of $9 billion. TowerJazz addresses this market through a family of customized foundry silicon-germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS technologies and is announcing availability of its highest performance process to date: S4.


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GigOptix Inc. to acquire Magnum Semiconductor Inc.

Company to be renamed GigPeak Inc.

GigOptix Inc., a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor communications components for use in Cloud connectivity, data centers, and high-speed optical and wireless networks, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Magnum Semiconductor Inc., a privately-held Milpitas, California-based provider of silicon ICs, SoCs, software, and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets, in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $55 million net based upon the average closing price of GigOptix stock for the trailing thirty day period ended April 1, 2016.


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Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co. investing $5M in GigOptix

Investment gives PDSTI a 3.8% stake in GigOptix

Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co., Ltd. (PDSTI), a technology investment firm based in Shanghai, will invest approximately $5 million in GigOptix, a telecommunications component supplier focused on optical networks. The investment will provide "financial flexibility" and allow GigOptix to pursue "additional strategic growth opportunities,".

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