TUCSON, Ariz. -- Burr-Brown Corp. here today announced a strategic investment in BethelTronix Inc., a 10-year-old fabless company that develops and markets highly integrated RFICs.
Burr-Brown invested $10 million for about 20% equity in Cerritos, Calif.-based BTI, and also received license rights to the company's RFIC cell library and intellectual property. Burr-Brown also gained a seat on BTI's board of directors. The two companies said they will collaborate on the development of new applications-specific standard products (ASSPs) for communications, computing and digital consumer applications.
"BTI's extensive RFIC IP will expedite the entry of our high-performance analog and mixed-signal capabilities into wireless applications," said Syrus P. Madavi, Burr-Brown's chairman, president and CEO. "These products represent a new direction for Burr-Brown and our intention is to be a best-in-class provider of wireless devices in support of our existing and future customers' requirements."
BethelTronix's technology consists of CMOS and BiCMOS processes for RFICs in GSM/DCS/PCS digital cell phones, ISM band transceivers, pager receivers and programmable GPS receivers for cellular handsets, and embedded applications.