LONDON Broadband wireless chip specialist Provigent, Inc. has secured $16 Million in a fourth round funding that sees Globespan Capital Partners joining as a new investor.
Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, Magnum Communications Fund, Ascend Technology Ventures, Delta Ventures, and Dr. Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm and a special adviser to Provigent (Herzlia, Israel and Santa Clara, Calif.) all participated in the round, which brings the total invested in the company to $37 million.
Dan Charash, Provigent's CEO, said the extra funds would be used to accelerate the pace at which the company can develop its "highly
integrated mixed-signal chips with unequaled modem and networking capabilities."
Charash said the companyís volume production SoCs "offer significant system level enhancements while lowering overall system cost."
The fables chip company has developed the PVG310 single-chip modem to allow broadband wireless data transmission with two data streams on two polarizations of a single channel. The chip enables transmission speeds of 311-Mbit/s over 28-MHz channels or as much as 622-Mbit/s 50-MHz to 56-MHz channels
The PVG310 has been updated for wireless back-haul applications with new "class of availability" features that meld quality-of-service parameters with wireless-network availability. The features were initially implemented in software and glue logic, though the company is readying a version of the modem chip with all "CoA" functions fully integrated.