COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
While no terms were disclosed, Doradus's seven engineers are slated to join Ikanos. Doradus still was in early stages of marketing hardware and intellectual property cores like its DoraVision VSB/QAM demodulator.
Ikanos' latest VDSL2 chip sets had emphasized IP quality of service features for IPTV delivery, so adding Doradus products will add digital set-top box designs to the Ikanos portfolio.
Piyush Sevalia, director of product marketing at Ikanos, said that Heidari had left Ikanos in early 2004 to start Doradus. Since that time, Ikanos had been as interested in Doradus' software cores as it was in chip development programs, and plans to take advantage of the DoraVision software in putting together new chip sets to combine IPTV, DSL, and digital TV functions.
Because Doradus was comprised of only a seven-person design team, the impact on Ikanos' earnings will not be material, Sevalia said. As soon as Ikanos receives approval from the California Secretary of State's office, he said, the deal will be considered closed.