Magnum Semiconductor

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Magnum Semiconductor Inc.
Industry Semiconductors
Founded January 2003
Headquarters Milpitas, California
Key people
Gopal Solanki, CEO
Number of employees
500 (2008)

Magnum Semiconductor Inc. is a video compression technology company. The headquarters of the company is in Milpitas, California. The company has an engineering branch at Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Magnum Semiconductor was formed in 2003 as a spinout of the Cirrus Logic Video Division which developed MPEG video recording and enabled consumer DVD recorders. Investors included August Capital, and Investcorp Technology Partners. In May 2007, a second round of $27 million in funding was announced, led by Investor Growth Capital, with new investors WK Technology Fund, KTB Ventures, and Gold Hill Capital.[1]

Magnum acquired the consumer products division of LSI Corporation in June 2007, including Domino and Zevio video compression technology.[2] The LSI division had started with the acquisition of C-Cube Microsystems, the first company to offer real time MPEG1 and MPEG2 compression. The company's products target both professional and consumer markets.

Magnum offers hardware, software, reference platforms, and engineering support for digital video recording, playback and management of audio/video content. The Magnum platforms also enable sharing entertainment via optical disc, flash disk and home networking.

Magnum's consumer products are found in video recorder products of consumer electronic manufacturers.

In February 2008 Gopal Solanki, from Nvidia, took over as the chief executive from Jack Guedj.[3] A $12 million from NXT Capital Venture Finance was announced in October 2012.[4]

In April 2016, Magnum was acquired by GigOptix, with the combined company rebranded as GigPeak.[5] GigPeak was based in San Jose, California, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange with symbol GIG.[6]


  1. ^ "Magnum Semiconductor Completes Venture Financing Round". Press release. May 24, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Magnum Semiconductor Agrees to Acquire LSI Consumer Products Business". Press release. LSI Logic. June 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gopal Solanki new CEO of Magnum Semi". Silicon Valley Business Journal. February 4, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NXT Capital’s Venture Finance Group Backs Magnum Semiconductor". Press release. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gina Hall (April 5, 2016). "GigOptix buys Magnum Semiconductor in $55M deal". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Prospectus". June 10, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 

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