Wireless Chip Designer MaxLinear Files for IPO

11/7/09Follow @bvbigelow

MaxLinear, a fabless RF chipmaker based in Carlsbad, CA, filed a registration statement today for an initial public stock offering, marking only the second IPO in the San Diego area since Bridgepoint Education made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in April. About 45 IPOs have taken place nationwide so far this year.

Eight semiconductor industry veterans founded MaxLinear in 2003. The company specializes in designing highly integrated, CMOS (Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) chips, and has had notable success designing semiconductor-based TV tuners. Maxlinear says its customers include wireless module makers, original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers.

David Rodewald, an outside spokesman for the company, said MaxLinear executives would not comment beyond the statement issued today.

The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering were not disclosed, although Dow Jones says the Carlsbad company plans to sell an estimated $100 million in stock. The company plans to use the proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The founders self-funded MaxLinear for the first year, and co-founder and CEO Kishore Seendripu talked about their efforts to generate revenue by taking on consulting work and other outside work during a panel discussion on bootstrapping in San Diego six months ago. Seendripu defined bootstrapping as “a self-sustaining process that proceeds without external help.”

MaxLinear secured its first round of venture funding in late 2004, after completing development of its first prototype silicon television tuner using CMOS technology. The company identifies its venture investors on its website as San Diego-based Mission Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners of Menlo Park, CA, and Battery Ventures, which has offices in Waltham, MA, and Menlo Park, CA.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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