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Silicon Image to buy SiBeam for $25 million

4/14/2011 12:01 PM EDT
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selinz
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selinz   4/18/2011 8:43:32 PM
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Nonetheless, it's turned out to be a decent payday for the company...

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yabosayoer   4/14/2011 11:49:42 PM
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The number of times I've seen personally, watched from afar, read about funding getting three to five cents a dollar continues to stun me ... you know all the regular stuff (an actual example): 8 Presidents in 10 years, 11 VP's of engineering in 10 years, 200 M of equity dissolved to about 3 M ... seeing MANY, MANY, times completely finished boxed goods (full EMI approvals, etc) put in the dumpster ... and NOBODY caring ... ! Management did get its "Squeeze" each and every year, though ...

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Santhoff   4/14/2011 10:45:09 PM
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The whole 60GHz thing was always hard to understand, not just from a technological perspective but from a use case perspective as well. Sending uncompressed HD video? All the video coming into the home is already compressed: Set-Top Box Video: Compressed Satellite TV Video: Compressed DVD Video: Compressed BlueRay Video: Compressed Internet Video: Compressed IPTV: Compressed Why would someone want to take an MPEG compressed HD video stream at 10 to 20 Mbps decompress it to a raw uncompressed 1.5 Gbps data stream and then send it wirelessly to the TV? Never understood the use case much less how 60 GHz was going to be superior to other wireless solution already out there.

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Canon.in.D   4/14/2011 7:32:26 PM
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This is a natural process. Standardization, certification, lower power and an attractive ASP are critical. SiBeam's product profile and market timing were off the tracks. What is coming around the bend in 60 GHz is a different story. There will be standardized product with a quality certification program. The products will be priced to sell and the power profiles will meet the criteria of handset and tablet manufacturers. SiBeam did prove that the performance was possible, which is why they will not just be a footnote in the technologies history.

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WhiteNoise_filter   4/14/2011 7:16:31 PM
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It will be a while before 60 GHz based HD solutions gain traction in the market. I believe that till that happens it will continue to be a technology on the horizon. There are bunch of positives in the WiGig based solutions but so are there in other technologies as well (that have a heavier investment/backing than 60 GHz)

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rick merritt   4/14/2011 2:38:26 PM
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It is sad that all the hard work put into delivering 60 GHz in CMOS and brining that to market with the WirelessHD consortium is getting such a negative return on investment. But isn't it too early to conclude this is the end of their 60 GHz wireless approach sand the success of WiGig?

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eewiz   4/14/2011 1:43:09 PM
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114m$ VC funds + 6 Years of hardwork by smartpeople = 25m$! Sad. I am becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of success of new wireless standard in the next few years for HD video streaming. 802.11n + updates can already do the job. I guess 60GHz,Wireless USB,WiGig will all go in the trashcan.

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