Intel Corp. on Tuesday announced it has agreed to acquire three optical component companies for undisclosed terms.
Intel signed deals to acquire Cognet Inc., Los Angeles, and nSerial Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif. two developers of high-speed electronic components for 10 Gigabit Ethernet optical modules. It also agreed to acquire LightLogic Inc., a Newark, Calif. provider of optical transponders targeted at the metropolitan market segment.
According to Intel, Cognet has developed components that process electrical signals within optical modules after those signals have been converted from light waves. nSerial is developing 10 Gigabit Ethernet components that convert those electrical signals into the protocols used by networking devices. Both companies are developing chipsets using a CMOS process that helps reduce the chipsets' cost and power consumption associated with more exotic manufacturing processes currently in use, it added.
"These transponders integrate high-speed optics and electronic components into a single device that converts optical signals into fully formatted digital signals helping to reduce development time for optical networking equipment manufacturers," Intel said.
"The optical networking equipment industry is now segmenting in a way that requires unique solutions for different market segments," said Mike Ricci, vice president and general manager of Intel's Optical Products Group, in a released statement. "Our communications equipment customers are asking us to integrate high-speed electronic and photonic components into cost effective building blocks that help them reduce time-to-market.
"Despite the current slowdown in sales of networking and communications gear, we believe that the investments we're making to add key opto-electronic capabilities, together with the company's core strengths in semiconductor technology, will enable Intel to lead in this industry when the inevitable recovery occurs," he added.
Intel's entered the 10 Gigabit Ethernet segment as the result of its acquisition last year of Giga A/S. Intel is now developing its next generation of opto-electronic components, which will support data rates of 40 Gbps.
In February, Intel announced an investment in Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Communicant is building a manufacturing facility that will build semiconductor components based on a new Silicon-Germanium-Carbon process technology.
LightLogic designs, manufactures and sells aopto-electronic components that combine lasers, micro-optics and high-speed electronics into transponders.
Intel said it expects the transaction to close in the second quarter of this year.