Xilinx buys assets of backhaul solutions provider Modesat Communications

Telecom Lead India: Xilinx has acquired the assets of Modesat Communications, a wireless backhaul solutions provider.


Krishna Rangasayee, senior vice president and general manager of the Xilinx Communications Business Unit

The acquisition will benefit OEMs who are focusing on mobile backhaul platforms. They can leverage Xilinx All Programmable 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 SoCs combined with Modesat wireless backhaul solutions to gain market competitiveness.


The company did not share the size of the acquisition.


With the Modesat acquisition, Xilinx now provides OEMs portfolio of solutions IP and services addressing the backhaul strategy of OEMs.


Xilinx wireless mobile backhaul solutions provide faster time-to-market and viable alternatives for OEMs. Moreover, customers can retain their proprietary IP, while leveraging the backhaul solutions and the flexibility of Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and SoC devices to achieve faster time-to-market.


According to Infonetics Research, microwave is the dominant backhaul solution already at $4 billion in 2012, growing to over $5 billion in 2016.


“Xilinx is excited to acquire Modesat and merge their products and technology with our wireless solutions to better serve our valued customers. This is another affirmation of our commitment to the wireless markets and to offer our customers the best combination of silicon, solutions IP and design services to assist them in differentiating and succeeding in their markets,” said Krishna Rangasayee, senior vice president and general manager of the Xilinx Communications Business Unit.


Xilinx said worldwide LTE network deployments are straining the existing backhaul network infrastructure, resulting in significant carrier CAPEX spending on upgrading wireless backhaul.


OEMs are diversifying their wireless mobile backhaul portfolios to add new features and technology capabilities that address ever-changing market needs. There is increasing interest in e-Band and NLOS backhaul technologies, beyond traditional microwave backhaul.


“Xilinx currently does significant business in the wireless infrastructure backhaul segment based on their complete All Programmable FPGA offering. With the addition of Modesat backhaul solutions the opportunity in this segment will be greatly expanded and we will be better able to serve tier-1 and tier-2 wireless infrastructure customers and provide complete backhaul modem solutions,” said Tarmo Pihl, co-founder of Modesat Communications.