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ClariPhy investment expands Nokia Siemens' network portfolio

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:funding? investment? communications? network?

Telecommunications equipment supplier Nokia Siemens Networks led a $14 million round of funding for ClariPhy Communications Inc. The funding was participated by ClariPhy's existing investors that include Allegis Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Oclaro, Onset Ventures and Pacific General Ventures.

ClariPhy is a fables chip company that was founded in 2002. The company makes digital signal processing ICs for optical networks.

ClariPhy is currently developing single-chip CMOS SoCs that uses DSP-driven coherent modulation schemes to increase reach and tolerance to impairments for optical networks. It is targeting 40G coherent networks with 40nm CMOS and aims to offer further reductions in power consumption and increases in performance by leveraging 28nm and smaller geometries, the company said.

The money will be used to "strengthen" ClariPhy's ability to deploy chips in volume for networks that operate at 40 and 100 gigabits per second, the company said. ClariPhy had only recently announced it was sampling a 40G coherent communications chip.

"The compelling economics of coherent transmission for service providers are the key driver for such strong industry participation in our recent financings," said Paul Voois, CEO of ClariPhy.

"Given the synergy between our two teams, we believe this relationship will enable us to offer highly differentiated and scalable products using ClariPhy's Coherent IC and technology portfolio which gives us a clear competitive edge in the optical network markets," said Vesa Tykkylainen, head of optical networks at Nokia Siemens Networks.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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