Black Sand Technologies, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based fabless semiconductor company specializing in advanced power amplifier technology for wireless applications, has raised US$10m in Series C funding.
The round was led by existing investors Northbridge Venture Partners and Austin Ventures.
The company intends to use the funding to ramp volume production of its range of silicon power amplifiers for use in 3G phones, tablets and datacards and expand its sales and technical team.
Led by CEO John Diehl, Black Sand is dedicated to building solutions for the wireless industry by combining sensitive analog and powerful digital circuits in silicon. Its Black Sand BST34 series of power amplifiers is designed as a drop-in replacement for existing 3G GaAs (gallium arsenide) power amplifiers while the BST35 series integrates more intelligence and functionality on-chip to reduce the incidence of dropped calls, and network operators’ capital expenditure requirements and increase real-world data rates.