KISTA, Sweden, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanoradio today announced that they have
signed an agreement with two new investors, Viking Venture and Creandum, who
together with the current investors, Ferd Venture, Industrifonden, Innovacom,
Nordic Venture Partners, Teknoinvest will fund Nanoradio through its growth
The Nanoradio Always On WiFi(TM) solution - the NRX700/2 Wi-Fi chipset, which
offers fully tested 802.11b/g functionality, featuring ultra-low power
consumption, has won tremendous customer attraction. With the new investment,
Nanoradio will be well equipped to support its volume growth together with a
more ambitious launch plan of a new line of competitive products.
This means a lot to us, and the investment in Nanoradio is a significant
recognition, especially in this time when it is proven to be so hard to raise
capital, of the trust in our team and our capability to deliver according to our
plans, says Tord Wingren, President CEO of Nanoradio AB. The focus we have in
our daily work, is to continue to provide world class WiFi solutions to Tier 1
Mobile Phone makers.
The Nanoradio WiFi solution is doubling the standby and talk time compared to
standard WiFi enabled phone offerings. This results in that the WiFi enabled
phone customers can adopt a behaviour of keeping the WiFi Always On, removing
the need for a turn on and off the WiFi behaviour in order to save battery time.
This will grow in significance, especially when operating in WiFi networks which
are built to complement high speed 3G+ mobile networks.
Nanoradio has taken a technology leading position with its competitive
advantages in a fast growing market says Jostein Vik, Partner in Viking Venture.
The WiFi market in handheld devices has had substantial growth the last two
years and are estimated to reach 20% coverage of the world mobile phones next
year. Viking Venture have seen Nanoradio's team ability to develop world class
technology and to close deals with leading mobile phone suppliers Jostein Vik
Nanoradio is probably the most exciting semiconductor company in the Nordic
region. We were hugely impressed by Nanoradio's experienced management team as
well as the tremendous response from the customers. Nanoradio is the first
company to offer a solution that allows for having the WiFi-functionality
constantly switched on without draining the battery. The market for this
solution is enormous with hundreds of millions of WiFi-devices including mobile
phones that may benefit from Nanoradio's technology, comments Martin Hauge,
General Partner at Creandum.
About Nanoradio AB
Nanoradio is backed by Creandum, Ferd Venture, Industrifonden, Innovacom,
Nordic Venture Partners, Teknoinvest and Viking Venture.
Nanoradio design semiconductors with wireless capability for the cellular and
handheld market where buying decisions relate to power consumption, stability,
physical size, and total cost for customers.
Nanoradio has developed the most integrated circuits which bring outstanding
WLAN capabilities into mobile phones and consumer multimedia electronics.
Nanoradio's Wi-Fi chips target a range of applications, including mobile phones,
wireless network cameras for home surveillance, Portable media Players and
gaming devices. Another big area for Nanoradio is the growing fixed-mobile
convergence market with dual-mode phones.
The company was founded in March 2004 and it is a fabless company which means
that all manufacturing is outsourced. Nanoradio has a leading team of extensive
experience from the cellular and wireless industry as well as semiconductor
industry and start-ups. The head-quarter is in Kista, Sweden and with sales
offices in Korea, Japan and USA.
About Viking Venture
Viking Venture is one of the leading technology focused venture funds in Norway
with 200 million USD (NOK 1.1 billion) under management. The investment company
focuses on companies involved in electronics, software, oil gas, materials and
clean technology. Viking Venture typically invests in companies that have passed
the seed phase and is ready for the commercialization phase. The fund is a very
active owner with a substantial share in the portfolio companies.
Creandum is a Nordic venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology
companies. The firm has 120 million Euros under management and is today the
fastest growing independent partnership of its kind in the Nordic region.
Creandum invests in innovative companies in high growth markets led by
outstanding entrepreneurs. All investment professionals at Creandum has started
companies or been part of successful startups. For more information, please
SOURCE: Nanoradio AB
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