London Business Angels ( LBA) Syndicates Cornerstones Blu Wireless Technology's $3.1m (£2m) Funding Round For 60GHz Wireless IP
Drives growth and advances 60GHz wireless baseband IP for 802.11ad WiFi and 4G network backhaul Bristol based, 60GHz wireless specialist, Blu Wireless has closed a $3.1 million (£2m) funding round.
London (I-Newswire) August 13, 2013 - Drives growth and advances 60GHz wireless baseband IP for 802.11ad WiFi and 4G network backhaul
Bristol based, 60GHz wireless specialist, Blu Wireless has closed a $3.1 million (£2m) funding round. This will allow the company to drive further growth, doubling in size to 30 staff, and complete the development of its HYDRA baseband IP offering for 802.11ad next generation WiFi (WiGig CERTIFIED) and 4G mobile network backhaul applications. The funding round was led by Qi3 Accelerator, who represented a syndicate of over $1.5m (£1m) of London Business Angels private investors, including Wren Capital. A further $0.9 million (£0.6m) was invested by the Angel Co-Fund, several additional investors made up the remainder.
Blu Wireless's baseband technology uses a flexible parallel processing architecture to efficiently support the complex modulation schemes required for emerging multi-gigabit wireless communication standards. The IP is currently optimised for chipsets used in both advanced WiFi and 4G small cell deployments, and can be simply scaled to support the anticipated future standards as they move to 20Gbps and beyond. The company is already working with several of the world's leading semiconductor and system companies in these markets.The IP will be sold under license agreement to chipset manufacturers that compete in, or want to enter, markets that exploit the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band.
Blu Wireless's CEO, Henry Nurser commented: "With the completion of this funding round, we will be executing our plan to become the leading supplier of baseband system IP to manufacturers in the 60GHz sector. Qi3 Accelerator did a great job to pull this large syndicate together and the Angel Co-Fund's involvement was also vital to the transaction."
Anthony Clarke CEO OF London Business Angels ( LBA) commented: " The closure of this significant funding round demonstrates the power of angel syndicates to close large rounds of early stage equity finance as an alternative to a Series "A" VC round which was typically the case for Technology companies only a a few years ago"
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