LONDON – STMicroelectronics NV has signed a non-exclusive licensing deal to integrate multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) Wi-Fi technology from Quantenna Communications Inc. within system chips aimed at applications in entertainment, networking and security.
In January 2013, at the time of the Consumer Electronics Show ST (Geneva, Switzerland) and Quantenna (Fremont, Calif.) announced a Wi-Fi set-top box reference design for multi-room digital video recorder services based on ST's STiH207 SoC and Quantenna’s QHS710 4x4 MIMO chipset for IPTV and video on demand services.
Quantenna, founded in 2006, is backed by a number of venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Venrock, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Swisscom Ventures, Grazia Equity, and Telefónica Digital. The company received an investment of $79 million in 2012 towards which Rusnano, an investment fund created by the Russian government, pledged $40 million and Sequoia Capital Growth Fund was set to contribute $20 million.
ST said joint engineering work with Quantenna had started and the first ST chips incorporating Quantenna Wi-Fi cores are expected to be introduced in 2014. Quantenna is a member of the Silicon 60 list of emerging technology startups.
"Wi-Fi is becoming a crucial connectivity technology for a wide range of products where ST is a leading semiconductor supplier," said Gianluca Bertino, general manager of ST's digital convergence group, in statement. "Integrating Quantenna's best-in-class 802.11ac technology, including the 4 by 4 configuration as well as other MIMO configurations like 3 by 3 and 2 by 2, into our products will enable us to further expand our leadership position in several market segments."