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11 October 2017

MixComm wires funding to series A

The Columbia University spinout has received funding to build prototype wireless communication chips with better capacity for data transfer.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

MixComm, a US-based wireless communication developer spun out from Columbia University, has received an undisclosed amount of series A funding from VC firm Kairos Ventures.

MixComm was spun out by Columbia Technology Ventures, Columbia University’s tech transfer office, in 2017. The company is developing wireless communication with an increased capacity for data transfer to tackle data-intensive applications and devices.

The technology is based on research by MixComm CEO Harish Krishnaswamy, an associate professor at Columbia’s Electrical Engineering Department with expertise in several wireless systems.

The funding will go towards the commercialisation of MixComm’s wireless data technology for semiconductors. The company has partnered unnamed semiconductor manufacturers to build prototype chips and modules featuring its technology by 2018.

Krishnaswamy co-founded MixComm with company vice-president (VP) of engineering Frank Lane, who had been technology VP for five years at mobile semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm’s New Jersey Research Centre.

Krishnaswamy said: “We are looking to transform both the cellular communication space as well as the wifi space, and we are developing new techniques that will enable orders-of-magnitude higher data rates for both.

“Many of the new ideas that people have been investigating to increase the data rate compromise the range or the reliability of the link.

“Our core technology and intellectual property allows increasing the data rate and increasing the range and reliability of the wireless link at the same time.”


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