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"Analogix Semiconductor Raises $9.85M Series A"
December 10, 2002
By Michelle Tsai

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. -- Analogix, a fabless semiconductor company that develops analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, said it has raised $9.85 million in a Series A round.

New investors Woodside Fund and DCM-Doll Capital Management co-led the round with near equal contributions, while IDG Technology Ventures also participated in the deal. Daniel Ahn, managing director of Woodside Fund, and Peter Moran, general partner at Doll Capital Management, join the board of directors.

Woodside Fund formed Analogix in order to develop physical layer semiconductor technology. Analogix is developing 10 Gbps transceivers to improve fiber performance over standard copper, enabling systems vendors to upgrade their current systems more cheaply.

"Their architecture allows them to very easily scale to a much higher performance than anything on the market, and we feel it's higher performance than any other potentially competing architecture could scale to," said Mr. Ahn. He pointed out that competitors typically have a 2.5 Gbps transceiver for transmission over standard copper, and those that offer 10 Gbps are putting four 2.5 Gbps transceivers together. "There isn't anything close to 10Gps. Not even 5Gps," he said.

The venture firm has recruited Kewei Yang, formerly a vice president of engineering at HotRail, as acting CEO for Analogix. HotRail, which was sold to Conexant, was a fabless semiconductor company in Woodside Fund's portfolio.

With the new funding, Analogix will complete product development and launch. The startup will begin sampling in the middle of 2003.

Analogix telephone: 408-988-8848

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