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Symwave is a global fabless semiconductor company developing connectivity SoCs (Systemson- Chip) and software solutions that enable PCs and other consumer electronic devices to realize the benefits of SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 standard improves device power management, transfers data tenfold faster and maintains backwards compatibility with the billions of USB ports shipped to date. Symwave's high-performance analog/mixed-signal products leverage the company's proprietary technology, IP and silicon design capabilities to bring the benefits of uncompromised speed in low-cost standard CMOS processes. The company is privately held with headquarters in Orange County, Calif., and design centers in Shenzhen, China, and San Diego, Calif. Symwave is backed by top-tier venture capital firms including Kodiak Venture Partners and CMEA Ventures and a recent investment by SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC). Additional information is available at

  • editor's comments:- Symwave was acquired by SMSC in November 2010

    Prior to that - Symwave's products had included chip level designs for USB 3.0 and FireWire.

    In November 2009 -Symwave announced that its USB 3.0 controller has been designed into a new flash SSD by OCZ - which will be shown at CES in January 2010.

    Symwave's controller design includes a fully integrated USB 3.0 to SATA controller device (SoC with software) - making it easier to modify existing designs for SATA SSDs. It's very fast. In September 2009 - Symwave demonstrated 270MB/s R/W throughput for its new USB 3.0 controller.

    Lots of companies have already announced USB 3.0 devices - although most won't ship till the new year.

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