Portfolio Companies

Quantenna Communications

Equipment for Wi-Fi Networks

Operating R&D Center

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, DAG Ventures, Venrock, Southern Cross Venture Partners, Grazia Equity, Bright Capital, Centerview Capital, NTTGroup, Swisscom, Telefonica, Walden International, Vivint

Industry Sector 
Optics and Electronics

Production Location 
Russia

Investment Started:  2012

Total Budget

2.37  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
1.2  bln rubles

Design and development of semiconductor components and solutions for local high-speed wireless networks

Portfolio company Quantenna designs solutions for devices that require transmission of large quantities of data (primarily streaming video) over wireless networks: Wi-Fi access points, wireless set-top boxes, wireless routers, and HDTV media players. Quantenna produces 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipsets f or high-speed wireless transmission of video and other multimedia. At present the c ompany uses 65-nanometer process. The next generation of Quantenna’s goods will be manufactured with 28-nanometer process.

Quantenna has established a design center in Russia that develops semiconductor components and devices for local high-speed wireless networks based on Quantenna’s original architecture. The portfolio company is mostly made up of Russian specialists.

Transmission of multimedia content is a major source of income for many traditional communications providers. Demand for Quantenna’s products, whose transmission is comparable to wire solutions, continues to grow. American IT research company Gartner forecasts a tripling of the Wi-Fi market by 2015—to three billion devices—making Wi-Fi one of the most significant wireless technologies of the near future.

Areas of application

  • Wireless transmission of large quantities of data

Market

  • Producers of telecommunications equipment

Competitive advantages

  • Ability to transmit large quantities of data
  • Ability to transmit without signal impairment in buildings with interfering layouts
  • Broader channel bandwidth thanks to multiple antennas