Wednesday, August 2, 2006

AMCC to Acquire Quake for 10 GigE PHYs

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) agreed to acquire Quake Technologies, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY technology, for approximately $69 million in cash (net of the estimated cash and receivables that AMCC expects to assume in the deal).

Quake's silicon is designed in and shipping to the leading vendors of enterprise networking gear.

Quake Technologies was founded in 2000 and is based in Ottawa, Canada.

"Quake is the worldwide leading provider of 10GE PHY silicon. They have captured significant designs with the leading vendors in the Enterprise and Data Center markets," said Kambiz Hooshmand, president and CEO of AMCC. "This acquisition allows AMCC to obtain an early entrance and strong presence into this rapidly expanding, high volume market."http://www.amcc.com

  • In July 2006, Quake Technologies announced the availability of the industry's first integrated physical layer IC for all SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) applications. Quake's QT2035S is the first silicon device to integrate a standard XAUI-interface 10G Ethernet PHY, with complete SFP+ signal processing support.

    SFP+ modules, by virtue of being 40% smaller than XFP modules, allow for full-density 48-port designs. Elimination of redundant electronics in the module reduces power consumption by at least 500mW per port while dramatically lowering end-user costs.

  • In April 2006, Quake Technologies reached the milestone of more than 300,000 10 Gigabit Ethernet Physical Layer ICs (PHYs) shipments to date.

  • Quake first entered the 10GE PHY market in 2001 with a serial-to-XAUI device.


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