Junko Yoshida, EETimes
8/1/2016 00:00 AM EDT
TOKYO — Socionext, a fabless Japanese chip vendor born from the merger of troubled LSI design teams from Fujitsu and Panasonic, is hemorrhaging top engineering talent at its Network SoC business unit.
EE Times has learned that at least four people, probably five — described by multiple sources inside and outside Socionext as “a top slice of technical and management people” — are already gone. As of August 1st they’ll be working at Acacia Communications.
The news is significant on two folds. First, Socionext, still the fledgling venture, must figure out how to survive without key members of a business unit regarded as a pillar of the company.
Second, Acacia, known for its silicon photonics and DSP expertise, is suddenly hip-deep in talent that’s deeply experienced in high-speed DACs and ADCs.
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