LONDON – Analog and mixed-signal IC maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has acquired Genasic Design Systems Ltd. (Riseley, England), a fabless RF chip company founded in 2009, for an undisclosed amount.
In 2011 Genasic announced the availability of its first chip, a 65-nm CMOS transceiver IC for HSPA and LTE applications. The Genasic website now states: "Genasic is now part of Maxim Integrated Products."
Genasic was founded by Ashok Dhuna who served as CEO. Dhuna was previously vice president of RF engineering at Sequans and prior to that he was chief technology officer and founder of Synad Technologies Ltd., a fabless wireless LAN chipmaker sold to STMicroelectronics in 2003.
Dhuna's experience covers numerous mobile communications technologies including GSM, Wi-Fi, WiMax and LTE. Genasic's vice president of business development was Mike Baker who was co-founder and CEO of Synad. Genasic's vice president of engineering was Hassan Shafeeu. He was an RF IC engineer and design manager at Synad and led a team responsible implementing both 2.5 and 3.5-GHz IC designs at Sequans.
Genasic entered the Silicon 60, EE Times' list of emerging startup companies at version 12.0. The latest edition of the Silicon 60, version 12.5, is the subject of a detailed technology and employment digital edition which can be accessed via http://e.ubmelectronics.com/Silicon60/index.html