Nokia Siemens Networks picks up stake in ClariPhy


ClariPhy Communications
announced it has secured $14 million in new financing. The funding round was
led by Nokia Siemens Networks.


The investment
strengthens ClariPhy’s capability to drive volume deployment of state of the
art system on chips (SoCs) for coherent optical transmission at data rates of
40 gigabits per second (40G), 100G and beyond.


The widespread adoption
of smart phones, surge in IPTV deployments and emerging cloud computing
applications are driving capacity upgrades in optical transport networks


To meet growing
bandwidth requirements in optical transport networks, ClariPhy
is developing a new class of single-chip CMOS SoCs that uses advanced DSP
driven coherent modulation schemes to increase reach and tolerance to
impairments for optical networks while reducing cost of ownership.


ClariPhy is the first
semiconductor vendor to deliver SoCs
targeting 40G coherent networks in 40nm CMOS, which provides a strong
foundation for its SoC roadmap focused on further reduction in power
consumption by leveraging 28nm and smaller geometries.


“We are pleased to
announce this financing and to welcome Nokia Siemens Networks as an Investor.
Service providers are upgrading their networks to scale with ever-growing
capacity requirements, driving optical networking OEMs to incorporate silicon
solutions that deliver maximum performance and flexibility,” said Paul Voois,
CEO, ClariPhy.


Leveraging our
extensive internal expertise in mixed signal design and scalable DSP
architecture, our broad library of IP, and our backend integration
capabilities, we are developing both standard and custom IC products that for
the first time give all OEMs access to coherent transmission technology. The
compelling economics of coherent transmission for service providers are the key
driver for such strong industry participation in our recent financings,” Voois


The new funding round,
led by one of the industry’s largest network equipment suppliers, signals
growing confidence in ClariPhy’s leadership and uniqueness in bringing together
the requisite skills and technologies needed to develop the cost-effective CMOS
networking ICs that will enable next generation optical networks. The
investment from Nokia Siemens Networks also illustrates the
growing synergy between its packet optical network plans and ClariPhy’s IC
development strategy.


“Given the synergy
between our two teams, we believe this relationship will enable us to offer
highly differentiated and scalable products using ClariPhy’s Coherent IC and
technology portfolio which gives us a clear competitive edge in the optical
network markets,” said Vesa Tykkylainen, head of optical networks, Nokia
Siemens Networks.


All of ClariPhy’s
existing venture investors participated in the funding round, including Norwest
Venture Partners (NVP). “This investment continues to validate NVP’s long
term backing of great technology teams that deliver disruptive solutions to the
marketplace. We believe ClariPhy is the only Coherent SoC supplier that owns
and develops all of the crucial mixed-signal and digital signal processing IP
required to develop cutting-edge single chip CMOS solutions for coherent
transmission at 40G and higher,” said Robert Abbott, general partner,



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