Xilinx buys Estonian software house for mobile backhaul IP

September 18, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Xilinx has acquired the majority of the assets of Modesat Communications, a high performance wireless backhaul IP provider from Latvia, Estonia.

Modesat has been a provider of IP for the Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 SoCs to allow customers to retain their proprietary IP and combine it with Modesat's highly optimized algorithmic implementations designed from the ground up targeting FPGA silicon. Modesat’s patented technology has been validated by customers and designed into multiple customer backhaul systems across the complete wireless mobile backhaul requirements for wireless single-carrier PHY, packet processing and connectivity.
“Xilinx is excited to acquire Modesat and merge their products and technology with our existing wireless solutions to better serve our customers," said Krishna Rangasayee, senior vice president and general manager of the Xilinx Communications Business Unit. "We have consistently received feedback from our customers to provide total solutions optimized for wireless mobile backhaul applications. We’ve listened to our customers and aligned our portfolio and roadmap to serve their needs. Modesat is a great synergistic fit and this is another affirmation of our commitment to the wireless markets and to offer our customers the best combination of silicon, solutions IP and design services to assist them in differentiating and succeeding in their markets.”
“Xilinx is the industry’s leading FPGA manufacturer for the wireless communications market. Bringing our modem technology and design expertise to the Xilinx family is an ideal fit,” said Tarmo Pihl, co-founder of Modesat Communications. “Xilinx currently does significant business in the wireless infrastructure backhaul segment based on their complete All Programmable FPGA offering. With the addition of Modesat backhaul solutions the opportunity in this segment will be greatly expanded and we will be better able to serve tier-1 and tier-2 wireless infrastructure customers and provide complete backhaul modem solutions.”
Modesat Communications was founded in 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia and specializes in the development of backhaul modem solutions for microwave, E-band and NLOS (non-line of sight) markets. The company has fifteen employees, who will be joining Xilinx as part of the Xilinx Communications Business Unit. Modesat offices