MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--In a move to expand its product offering and design base, TelCom Semiconductor Inc. here announced a minority equity stake in intellectual property (IP) supplier Silicon Aquarius Inc. of Richardson, Tex., which has developed a unique two-transistor, one-capacitor DRAM cell for embedded memory applications.
TelCom said it will use Silicon Aquarius' design expertise to help it create mixed-signal products for wireless and networking systems. "We strongly believe that their intellectual property will have a far-reaching impact on future products and markets," said Phil Drayer, TelCom's president and CEO. TelCom did not disclose the amount of investment being made in the Dallas area startup.
Privately-held Silicon Aquarius was founded by a pair of former Texas Instruments Inc. executives--Mohan Rao and Bart Holland. The company has seven U.S. patents for technologies related to memory design. Silicon Aquarius' two-transistor DRAM cell behaves like an SRAM but it takes up as little as one-tenth of the space of static RAM. The DRAM cell is also configured as a dual-port memory.
"This infusion of capital give us the ability to accelerate current projects and be more aggressive with our sales and marketing activities," said Rao, president and CEO of Silicon Aquarius.