Axiom Microdevices: $25M in funding for the next generation of CMOS PA

axiom microdevices logoIrvine basedAxiom Microdevices , announced that it has received $25M in funding for development of fully integrated CMOS power amplifiers.

A long standing pain in the mobile devices market has been the need to deliver high power output while retaining linearity of the amplified signal, all the while keeping costs down in this highly competitive market. Axiom Microdevices attacks this segment with fully integrated, cost efficient power amplifiers, based upon a technology developed at California Institute of Technology.

Along with CMOS PAs, such as the ones designed at Axiom, recent power amplifiers designs have also been based upon Bipolar and BiCMOS.

A bit of history…… CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) - with its parent the venerable MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) - is one of those solid technologies (literally) that just refuses to go away. The MOSFET (invented in 1933) and the CMOS (invented in 1963) have essentially stayed unchanged over the decades that they have been around, although major strides have been made in the areas of size reduction, power consumption and cost.

Irvine based Axiom received the funding in a $25M round led by Tallwood Venture Capital Axiom will be using the funding to ramp up production of its power amplifier devices. Each of the major existing investors, including U.S. Venture Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, VentureTech Alliance and Tallwood, increased their investment in the company.

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