Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Cortina Raises $30 Million for High-Speed Port Processors

Cortina Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, secured $30 million in a Series C financing for its high-speed digital and analog silicon technology.

Cortina specializes in multi-service, multi-rate port processors that allow equipment vendors to support different types of Ethernet and SONET networks with a far smaller array of converged line cards. The port processors can be programmed to support different rates and protocols. The company said it is already shipping product to large network equipment suppliers.

New investors Canaan Partners and JAFCO Ventures led the new round, which also included all of Cortina's existing venture capital investors.


  • In February 2005, Cortina Systems has acquired Azanda Network Devices. Cortina will offer its customers Azanda's traffic management and ATM SAR (Segmentation And Reassembly) products. Cortina's multiple product lines support SONET/SDH, POS/GFP, as well as RPR and Ethernet and are tailored to Routing, Transport and Enterprise applications. Azanda, by contrast, has concentrated on ATM-to-IP protocol conversion, a particularly complex engineering problem.

  • In April 2004, Cortina Systems raised $20 million in new venture funding for its analog and digital integrated circuits for the networking and communications equipment.

  • Cortina Systems is headed by Amir Nayyerhabibi, who previously was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at StratumOne Communications, which was acquired by Cisco in 1999. He also managed the development of 12416 and 12410 Cisco GSR Router programs.

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