SAN JOSE, Calif. Icera Inc., a supplier of software defined wireless modem chipsets, has acquired Sirific Wireless Inc., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in CMOS RF transceivers.
The merged companies will use the Icera name. The deal will enable Icera (Bristol, England) to deliver a complete chipset solution for the mobile broadband market. It also accelerates Icera's time-to-market and competitive position for wireless modem chipsets used in mobile broadband datacards, USB dongles, laptops, mobile internet devices and mobile phones.
''Sirific has industry leading CMOS RF expertise which greatly complements Icera's category-defining soft baseband technology,'' said Stan Boland, president and CEO of Icera, in a statement. ''The merger of the two companies enables Icera to deliver all of the complex modem silicon to manufacturers of cellular data devices and phones.''
Sirific's range of single-chip, multi-band, multi-mode (HSDPA, HSUPA, WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS, GSM) CMOS RF transceivers integrate direct up-/down-conversion architectures, a patented frequency synthesizer, a dual-receive path to support receive diversity and a DigRF-compliant baseband interface to increase functionality, while reducing cost, size and power consumption.
Icera's Livanto is a software baseband for mobile phones and cellular data devices. A new type of processor - DXP in Livanto, allows all the wireless modem functions to be implemented in a software modem called Adaptive Wireless.
Under the terms, the existing Sirific (Richardson, Texas) design locations in Richardson and Waterloo, Canada will be retained. This will bring the total number of design locations for the combined company to five and the total number of employees to 260.
The boards of directors of each of the companies have approved the merger. The closing, which is expected to occur in Q2, remains subject to customary closing conditions. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.