AutoCell Recalibrates

Wireless LAN RF management software startup AutoCell Laboratories Inc. is in the process of "refocusing" its business, Unstrung has learned.

The company isn't providing much in the way of details, but it did refute a claim on the Light Reading message board that it is shutting up shop.

"AutoCell is moving in a slightly different product direction," spokesman Patrick Rafter says.

AutoCell's software optimizes wireless LAN networks by monitoring the RF environment, avoiding network interference by swapping channels or turning the radio down. The firm licenses this code to access point providers in the enterprise and consumer space. Customers include Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).

Rafter says "jobs are shifting" at the reorganized AutoCell, which has offices in Hong Kong, the U.K, and the U.S. The meaning of that is rather vague; Rafter says that some will lose their jobs, but some new people will be hired.

But Rafter did say AutoCell is undergoing changes related to the way its gear works with a yet unnamed third party.

So who could that be? In addition to its customer list, AutoCell has recently received VC money from Motorola Ventures and Siemens Venture Capital (SVC). (See Autocell Grabs Another Round .)

Which leads Unstrung to wonder if this is not so much a reorganization as a buyout.

"You shouldn't jump to any conclusions," Rafter says.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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