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News
Issue #2003 - 07 (February 2003)
(Updated Feb. 27, 2003)

ACQUISITIONS, MERGERS & AGREEMENTS

VC Investments in Wireless

Recent Investments

IceFyre Semiconductor Raises $19,000,000 [Canada] 
IceFyre Semiconductor builds fabless semiconductors. The company has developed system on chip designs for high-speed wireless markets. In particular, the chips are designed for 802.11a wireless LANs.
INVESTORS: Business Development Bank of Canada, Covington Capital, Kodiak Venture Partners, Motorola Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, TD Capital, VenGrowth

Sarantel Raises $5,700,000 in Second Round [U.K.] 
Sarantel provides high-performance antennas for mobile devices. Its antennas have applications in handheld and automotive GPS, WLAN and Bluetooth, and mobile telephones. 
INVESTORS: eTechnology VCT, MTI Partners, VCF Partners

Wysdom Raises $5,100,000 in Third Round [Canada] 
Wysdom provides mobile network operating system software. Its flagship software, Wysdom MAP-OS, helps operators develop new mobile data services. 
INVESTORS: Covington Capital, VenGrowth

Sepro Raises $3,250,000 in Second Round [Ireland] 
Sepro is a provider of rating and billing software for use by wireless carriers to deploy MMS, WLAN, GPRS, 3G and other data services. Its flagship products include e-Rate Rating, a unified rating engine that evolves, rather than replaces existing IP .
INVESTORS: Trinity Venture Capital (Lead), AIB Equity

Clarisay Raises New Funding [Dallas, TX] 
Clarisay makes surface acoustic wave (SAW) components for wireless handset applications. Clarisay's products include GPS, AMPS/CDMA, EGSM, DCS, PCS, and Cable Tuner RF SAW filters. 
INVESTORS: Motorola Ventures

Bitfone Raises Second Round Add-on from Orange Ventures [Laguna Nigel, CA] 
Bitfone creates Java-based software for global wireless carriers. Its mProve software delivers over-the-air updates of applications on mobile devices.
INVESTORS: Orange Ventures

Source: Various press releases
For more information: http://www.venturereporter.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: VCs continue to support wireless startups in chips, handsets, WiFi and carrier-focused software.

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