Slideshow: Bring on the 2012 IPO Candidates

The market for venture-backed IPOs has been pretty dead so far this year. But based on new filing activity, it looks like there’s some optimism things will improve. At least six venture-backed companies have filed to go public since the start of the year, in sectors ranging from enterprise software to semiconductors to car rentals. […]

Pixim Strikes a Deal with Advasense

Pixim, the Mountain View, Calif.-based startup providing technology for security cameras, will buy Advasense Technologies. Investors in Pixim include Tallwood Venture Capital, Ridgewood Capital, Mayfield Fund and Mohr Davidow. Advasense Technologies investors include Genesis Partners, Giza Venture Capital, CIDC Consultants, BlueRun Ventures and VentureTech Alliance. Specifics on the transaction were not publicized.

NetLogic To Buy Optichron

NetLogic Microsystems, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, said Monday that it has agreed to buy Optichron for an initial cash payment of $77 million. NetLogic said it may also provide up to $108.5 million in a milestone payment, as well as $12.5 million in additional consideration. Optichron’s investors include U.S. Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, TL Ventures and VentureTech Alliance. The sale has been approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in second quarter.

Reuters: Battery, TL Ventures Score Optichron Exit

March 21 (Reuters) – Chipmaker NetLogic Microsystems Inc said it will buy a privately held fabless semiconductor provider for an initial $77 million in cash, to expand its footprint in the 4G long-term evolution (LTE) market.

Optichron Inc’s advanced processors will support wider signal bandwidth, spectrum maximization and power efficiency for carriers deploying next-generation LTE, NetLogic said.

“The exponential growth in mobile data traffic in the next five years, coupled with global spectrum scarcity, are forcing service providers and operators worldwide to push the limits on capacity and throughput for their limited spectrum,” NetLogic said in a statement.

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