September 18, 2007
Etherstack Limited, known for its wireless air interface protocol and Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies, today announced a strategic investment and technology advancement agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community.
Etherstack develops wireless air interface protocol stack software, also known as waveforms, primarily for public safety and defense equipment manufacturers. The company also has a range of fault tolerant all-IP core network technologies that allows the deployment of secure, wide area communications networks for the transmission of voice and data in mission critical applications.
The investment round will help fund Etherstack’s expansion into the United States from its European and Australian research and development centers, as well as broaden it waveform technology base from its already successful APCO P25, TETRA and defense product lines.
“There are powerful synergies between the government and commercial applications of Etherstack’s wireless software capabilities,” said Troy M. Pearsall, Executive Vice President of Technology Transfer at In-Q-Tel. “Etherstack’s products fulfill the promise of software defined radios – the ability to interpret and communicate using numerous commercial waveforms. We are thrilled with the Etherstack partnership and with the promise of further significant developments in wireless software technology that will have broad utility for the U.S. Intelligence Community”
Etherstack founder and CEO, David Deacon, said “In-Q-Tel’s investment in Etherstack is a clear indication of the quality and state of technological advancement of Etherstack’s SDR and wireless protocol products. That In-Q-Tel reached so far afield to seek out a partner in this area is testament to the innovation in our engineering team. In-Q-Tel is driven by the needs of its user base in the Intelligence Community, and Etherstack is honored to support the demanding requirements expected by the Homeland Security mission.”
Headquartered in London, Etherstack has research and development centers in Sydney, Yokohama, Barcelona, Berlin, London and a new development group in New York, through its new US entity Etherstack Inc. The company has been developing wireless protocol stacks for the world’s leading public safety wireless equipment manufacturers for over 10 years. The company is a leading SDR waveform developer and has won multiple waveform contracts including a major development for the Swedish Defense Ministry related to the international program of the U.S. DoD JTRS project. The company’s clients include Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Thales, Harris, Icom, Tyco and Tait.