March - 2013 - issue > Company of the Month

Redpine Signals: Innovation Juggernaut in the Wireless Industry

Vignesh Anantharaj
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Vignesh Anantharaj
Venkat Mattela resisted the momentum of the great recession of 2001; tough competition to the tune of 100 companies during the wireless Wi-Fi boom. Today the company has emerged as a dauntless adversary in the wireless chipset space to giants such as Qualcomm and Broadcom.

The most important weapon in the arsenal of Redpine Signals has not been a singular solution or a product range, but its bold adherence to innovation, experimentation, and Mattela’s hard work at single handedly engaging partnerships with global technology companies in many countries across the world. Though today there are no rough slides in comparison to early days of 2001, the 48 year old entrepreneur wakes up every day with the same level of passion and confidence to conquer and compete with the giants in the wireless space.

San Jose headquartered Redpine Signals, today is a provider of wireless chipsets, modules and devices to over 1500 clients worldwide. With over 150 patents and last ten years spent dedicatedly in research and development of M2M and ultra low powered wireless SoC's for mobile phones, research and innovation has manifested into the soul of the company. Now Redpine is all set to unleash its avant-garde ingeniousness into the M2M industry. Venkat Mattela, CEO, Redpine Signals, who himself holds a total of 11 U.S. patents, embarked on a well laid out aggressive approach in 2008 to tap into the current emerging wireless M2M market. Mattela and his team are now armed with enough artillery to address multibillion dollar TAM in M2M space (Industrial and Multi-Markets) with highly differentiated products.

But the question to address is how Redpine emerged victorious during the great recession over such tough oppositions. Unlike the IT/ITeS space, the wireless industry was under constant stress to create new technologies. The downturn of the period gave the company the parameter of time to develop new technologies with a small yet efficient workforce. But despite the inconsistency and the precariousness of the period, Mattela along with a few wireless warhorses, noticed a prominent opportunity in wireless technologies, especially in the emerging OFDM/MIMO wireless segment and subsequently created a company with high value product portfolio.

Redpine functions today with a mission to create ultra low powered converged SoC for mobile phones. It's A-team of 160 strong R&D talent pool has leveraged the technology developed for mobile phones to create differentiated products for the M2M space from 2008. The company is on course to stamp its authority in the "Internet of Things" by 2014. Today its offerings include an exhaustive range of OFDM, MIMO, multithreaded processors and CMOS RF & PA.

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