LONDON Fabless wireless semiconductor start-up H-Stream Wireless has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding from investors that include Intel Capital, Tallwood Venture Capital and Granite Ventures.
H-Stream (Palo Alto, Calif.) was seeded by a group of angels that included founders of VLSI Technologies, Netscreen (now Juniper Networks), Omnivision and Spreadtrum.
The company is focusing on opportunities in the low power wireless space, but is still in stealth mode regarding its technology and products plans.
Professor Jan Rabaey, co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center and technical advisor to the company since its inception late 2004, did reveal that: "H-Stream's unique approach overcomes key roadblocks in the development of ultra-low power wireless solutions, delivering both silicon and protocol breakthroughs."
Separately, H-Stream said Thursday (March 30) that Simon Black and Jon Edney have joined the company’s engineering team.
Edney, who in the early 1990s was general manager of Symbionics Networks, a pioneering British group in low-cost wireless LANs, will act as head of H-Stream’s newly established U.K. design centre in Cambridge.
Previously, Edney was a Vice President in Nokia's Wireless Business Communications group, where he helped to develop and bring to market some of the first 802.11 devices and systems.
"We have witnessed many innovations in the wireless arena since the early days of Wi-Fi. None, however, are as exciting and with such potential as the innovation on which H-Stream was founded”, said Edney in a statement.
Simon Black was a founding member of both the 802.11 and ETSI RES-10 (HIPERLAN) standards groups and is a leading expert in the design and implementation of wireless protocols. He has worked in the field for over 15 years and is named on over 10 patents and patent applications.