From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Founded 2003
Headquarters Austin, Texas, USA

Alereon, Inc, is a fabless semiconductor company. It uses ultrawideband (UWB) radio technology to develop Certified Wireless USB and WiMedia Alliance-compliant UWB integrated circuits (ICs). Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Alereon also has offices in Korea and Hong Kong. Alereon was spun off from Time Domain Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, in August 2003 taking with it a number of engineers, executives, and patents from its parent company. An early investor was Austin Ventures.[1]

It initially backed the multi-band orthogonal frequency division multiplexing approach taken by the MultiBand OFDM Alliance.[1] A number of competing technologies were discussed by the IEEE 802.15 standards committee in 2004.[2] In October 2005, $20 million in financing included investors Centennial Ventures and Pharos Capital.[3] After the IEEE effort was abandoned, the venture arm of Samsung Electronics invested $4 million in December 2006.[4] By 2009, Eric Brookman was still chief executive.[5] In June 2012, an addition $6 million of funding was announced with investors Pharos Capital Partners and Duchossois Technology Partners and led by Enhanced Capital Partners.[6]


  1. ^ a b "UWB Startup Alereon Uncloaks". Light Reading. August 25, 2003. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Motorola and MBOA split on UWB: Two specs risk chaos and slowdown". The Register. March 23, 2004. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alereon Announces Series B Funding: Capital to be used to begin production shipments of AL4000 Chipset for wireless USB market". Press release. October 25, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Suzanne Deffree (December 11, 2006). "Samsung Invests $4M in UWB Company". Electronic Design News. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jeff Goldman (April 8, 2009). "Ultrawideband: Down, But Far From Out". Wi-Fi Planet. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Alereon Announces $6 Million Cash Infusion". Press release. June 6, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

External links[edit]