In the wonderful world of chips there is little movement to date, though we do have one new entry, which of course means one demotion to the recycling bin. So say "Hello!" to Synad Technologies Ltd. and goodbye for the time being to Ashvattha Semiconductor Inc. Here's how the new Top 5 stacks up.
Table 1: Unstrung's Top 5 Private Wireless Components Firms
|2||Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) PLC||2|
|5||Synad Technologies Ltd.||NEW!|
|Ashvattha Semiconductor Inc.||5|
So what's new? Well, it's all gone quiet at Ashvattha, which couldn't hang on to its Top 5 place due to pressure from up-and-coming Synad. With a new round of funding under its belt (see Synad Gets $20.7M), dual-band WLAN chipset specialist Synad has products hot enough to make it a prime acquisition target. Could it be the first Unstrung Hero to be bought out? Can we add any more rhetorical questions to this paragraph?
Atheros Communications, meanwhile, continues to impress with the first combined 802.11a/b/g chipset in production (see Atheros First With Multimode). In addition, its combined wireless LAN reference design has become the first to be approved by Japanese certification agency the Telecom Engineering Center.
In the world of Bluetooth, Cambridge Silicon Radio plc (CSR) has attracted further funding (see CSR Raises $19M) and has announced cheaper, faster products designed for handsets that give it significant growth potential in 2003 (see CSR Seasons Its Chips). It retains its second place.
Holding up in third and fourth spots are SkyCross Inc. (see Bermai Picks SkyCross Antenna) and ultra-wideband specialist XtremeSpectrum.
Our service provider top 5 is also a bit more stagnant than the hardware and software lists. Again we have only one new entrant, data service minnow Monet Mobile Networks Inc., which has some local CDMA2000 1xRTT action going on in five locations in the U.S. Before you ask "Why?" let me reply: "Because!" That's a ballsy little operation it's got going on there, so all credit to the Monet folk.
The victim is Echovox SA, which either failed to close the deals it had on the go or is hiding its light under a bushel. Either way, it's out. Here's the resulting list.
Table 2: Unstrung's Top 5 Private Wireless Services Firms
|2||Boingo Wireless Inc.||2|
|5||Monet Mobile Networks Inc.||NEW!|
Wireless access providers iPass Inc. and Boingo Wireless Inc. continue to expand and remain strong players (see Toshiba Teams With iPass, IPass, FatPort Boost WiFi, Air2LAN, Boingo Do WiFi, and Pronto, Boingo Simpatico). In third spot, Mobileway Inc. continues to notch up messaging deals and partnerships (see TCS, Mobileway Team on SMS).
Euro wireless LAN startup Megabeam is busy building out and bringing WiFi to Europe's business fraternity, finding a lively channel partner in Damovo Group SA (see Damovo Teams With Megabeam).
So how will these changes affect the complete Top 25 list? Find out in our special report update.
Other lists we are looking to compile include the wireless companies with the most ridiculous names -- we're sure you can help. Can the wireless community offer up anything as tasty as VoicePump or Phartronics, just two of the gems to be found in Light Reading's 50 Worst Company Names? I bet we can.
— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung