Cavium agreed to acquire Xpliant, a start-up working on high performance, high density switch silicon for approximately $90 million in cash, stock and prior equity investments. Cavium was a financial backer of Xpliant and invested $15 million in the company.
Xpliant, which is based in San Jose, California has developed a family of switching silicon solutions featuring 10G/40G/100G port speeds and port densities supporting throughput ranging from multi-hundred gigabit to multi-terabit. The company claims its innovations in switching architecture will enable increased intelligence and flexibility beyond what is available today in commodity Ethernet switch silicon while delivering market leading bandwidth, throughput and scalability along with unprecedented flexibility/programmability.
Cavium said the addition of Xpliant’s family of switching solutions, which are critical building components for next generation infrastructure, will be highly synergistic with its existing infrastructure product offerings such as ThunderX, OCTEON and LiquidIO families. This family of switching solutions will enable Cavium to significantly increase its share of BOM in the data center, service provider and enterprise markets. Additionally, these products will allow Cavium to offer complete end to end solutions for compute, networking and storage, optimized for best performance, cost and power for next generation virtualized software defined infrastructure.
“Xpliant as developed a disruptive family of switching silicon solutions for next generation software defined networks,” said Syed Ali, President and CEO, Cavium. “This product line significantly expands our addressable TAM and will be an exciting addition to our portfolio of solutions for the data center, service provider and enterprise markets. The Xpliant line of products is highly synergistic with Cavium’s existing infrastructure products and will enable Cavium to deliver highly optimized end to end solutions to our customers. We are extremely pleased with the strong customer engagements and traction which are an excellent validation of Xpliant’s technology and products”.