Tata-group owned Tejas Networks is getting deeper into semiconductor chip design activities through the acquisition of year-2007 started fables SoC design company Saankhya Labs. Tejas Networks has signed definitive agreements to acquire 64.40% of shares of this Bangalore based wireless-communication focused company Saankhya Labs for Rs 283.94 Crores. After the mandatory approval Tejas plans to acquirie the remaining 35.60% shares through a merger process or a secondary acquisition. The leadership team at Saankhya labs inlcudes Parag Naik, Vishwakumara Kayargadde, Hemant Mallapur (brave-heart founders), Anindya Saha, Preetham Uthaiah, and Vivek Kimbahune.
With 250+ engineering staff strength, Saankhya designed semiconductor chips for 5G cellular wireless, broadcast radios and satellite communication ground-terminal for its clients in India and worldwide. Company holds silicon and wireless related rich IPR portfolio with 73 international patents (41 granted, 32 filed). Saankhya is leading in building software defined radios (SDR), through its own SDR chipsets.
Mr. Sanjay Nayak, CEO & MD of Tejas Networks said, “We are committed to our vision to create a global telecom equipment company from India, which will provide an end-to-end stack of world-class products and solutions based on latest technologies and customer requirements. This acquisition shows our continued commitment to expand our wireless product offerings to address the growing market opportunity. Saankhya’s products would complement our existing 4G/5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and positions us well for the emerging opportunities in the O-RAN and 5G Broadcast space. We are excited to welcome the highly talented and experienced team of Saankhya and the intellect and domain expertise they bring for wireless as well as semiconductor design. We expect that this acquisition will accelerate our roadmap to create a full range of trusted and secured, world-class telecommunication products.”
Mr. Parag Naik, Co-founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs said, “We are delighted to become a part of Tejas Networks, which is India’s leading telecom equipment company. Being part of Tejas Networks gives us a strong platform to scale up the business for our wireless products and technologies in India as well as in to international markets. Our customers and partners will also benefit from a larger product portfolio and an accelerated roadmap of our products. This merger will further Saankhya’s founding team’s vision to build a world class technology company from India.”
ONE Media 3.0, LLC (“ONE Media”) which is the largest shareholder of Saankhya, will sell majority of its shareholding in Saankhya and post merger, will retain a minority shareholding in Tejas. Mr. Mark Aitken, ONE Media’s President said, “Our close relationship with Saankhya has been critical to moving our company forward in the world of NextGen Broadcasting. Saankhya has delivered world-class products, technology and solutions, spanning across communication as well as semiconductor domains. From mobile phone design to low-cost, efficient broadcast radio heads enabling single frequency networks, its contributions have been a strategic key for us. We look forward to continuing our business and technology engagement with Tejas Networks, in opportunity areas such as cellularized 5G broadcast infrastructure.”