Monday, July 9, 2007

Motorola to Acquire Leapstone for IMS Software

Motorola agreed to acquire privately-held Leapstone Systems, a developer of communications software for service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Leapstone's flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) product suite is a real-time service delivery platform that enables fixed and mobile network operators to expand and evolve their service offerings through its Service Broker and Content Manager software products.

Leapstone's service brokering approach acknowledges that services will be developed by multiple vendors, run on different platforms and require various protocol interfaces. CCE serviceBROKER is not tightly coupled with any particular application creation technology.

The Leapstone platform is aligned with the IMS architectural framework and has been licensed by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, among others.

"Leapstone will contribute its leading intelligent service delivery and content management platform to Motorola, which will serve as our new engine for enabling seamless mobility experiences across applications, devices and domains," said Dan Moloney, President, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.

  • In May 2007, Leapstone released version 8.0 of its flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) software, adding new capabilities aimed at IPTV providers. This includes a set of advanced blackout functions for regional sports events, as required by content owners. With this feature, enabled by Leapstone's Microsoft Windows-based middleware, IPTV providers can selectively allow content suppliers to automatically schedule, monitor and manage events for regional blackouts.

  • Leapstone was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in New Jersey.

  • Leapstone investors include Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Oak Investment Partners, Mayfield, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Partners, and Redwood Venture Partners.

  • Motorola's recent acquisitions have included: Terayon, digital video grooming platforms; Tut Systems, encoding platforms; Netopia, telco broadband CPE; TTPCom, GPRS, EDGE and 3G protocol stack software; Orthogon Systems, intelligent OFDM-based, wireless IP, point-to-point transmission solutions; and Kreatel, for Linux-based STBs and IPTV middleware.