Kandou raises $75m for USB4 retimer rollout

Kandou raises $75m for USB4 retimer rollout

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By Nick Flaherty

The latest investment will be used to ramp production of Kandou’s first chip, Matterhorn, a USB-C multiprotocol retimer solution with USB4 support for consumer and networking applications for electronic devices that sampled in June 2021 and is now shipping.

Designed on TSMC’s N16 16nm FinFET technology, Matterhorn is a USB Type-C 40 Gbps retimer supporting multiple protocols including USB4, USB3.2, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt. It supports long channels across inexpensive PCB materials with low-power consumption giving system designers the flexibility to optimize their USB4-enabled systems for improved battery life, reduced system costs and maximum data transfer.

“Matterhorn is a game changer,” said Dr. Amin Shokrollahi, Kandou’s CEO. “Working with TSMC helped us achieve our goal to deliver high-volume, high-quality, reliable Matterhorn retimer solutions for consumer applications, such as desktop and mobile PCs, tablets and peripheral devices.”

Funds also will be used for ongoing development of product and technology roadmaps, including new silicon products and Chord signaling intellectual property (IP) for ultra-short reach and long-reach signaling applications that has been adopted by the OIF and JEDEC standards organizations.

The fabless semiconductor company founded in 2011 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, with offices in Europe, North America and Asia.“This round of funding will enable us to meet the demand for Matterhorn from customers while we continue to innovate and deliver high-speed connectivity solutions,” remarks Dr. Amin Shokrollahi, Founder and CEO of Kandou. “We thank Bessemer Venture Partners for their ongoing commitment to us and welcome new Kandou investors participating in this round.” 

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