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Qualcomm to invest $40M in several Chinese start-ups

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? wireless? mobile? 7Invensun? Chukong Technologies?

Qualcomm Inc. has revealed that it and its subsidiaries have committed to invest nearly $40M into four Chinese companies and the China Walden Venture Investments, L.P. fund, which is primarily focused on investing in semiconductor or semiconductor-related companies with business in China. The selected companies were strategically chosen for their innovative work on mobile and wireless technologies, the company indicated.

Qualcomm announced that 7Invensun, an eye-tracking solution provider; Chukong Technologies, a mobile entertainment platform provider; inPlug, a smart home device/platform solution provider; Unisound, a voice recognition and processing technology provider; and the China Walden Ventures Investment are all expected to be funded through the company's $150 million strategic China venture fund that was announced earlier this year.

7Invensun focuses on research and development of eye-tracking technology, widely applied in the field of medical and health, virtual reality and movie entertainment, providing a new generation of human-machine interaction experience for enterprises and individuals.

Chukong Technologies operates an innovative mobile entertainment platform, offering a full suite of solutions and services to enable developers worldwide to efficiently develop, publish and monetise content and providing a highly engaging mobile entertainment experience to users.

inPlug is a smart home platform solution provider, whose key technology is centred on network virtualisation using software defined network, with which comprehensive smart control on home network can be realised. Its 'Light Smart Home' devices series includes smart plug, smart switch and infrared control sticker.

Unisound has launched a series of voice recognition service middleware and platforms, which have been widely deployed in mobile Internet, smart appliance, wearables, on-car navigation, healthcare, education and call centres by providing professional voice recognition service to enterprises and consumer users.

Walden International is one of the pioneers in venture investing in China with more than 25 years of experience investing in companies across semiconductor, Internet and digital media, software and IT services, and emerging technologies.

"Qualcomm is passionate about innovation and committed to helping advance the Chinese wireless industry," said Nagraj Kashyap, SVP of Qualcomm Ventures. "With a focus on semiconductors, mobile application enablers, smart home and healthcare, this group of startup companies closely complements existing products and services from Qualcomm Incorporated's subsidiaries. We look forward to working with these innovative companies to provide financial, marketing, technology and business support to help propel them forward in the competitive wireless ecosystem."

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