Sunday, May 8, 2011

Solarflare Exits 10GBASE-T PHY Business

Solarflare announced its exit from the physical layer (PHY) business through the sale of its 10GBASE-T assets to an unnamed merchant semiconductor company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Solarflare will now focus on its family of 10GbE SFP+ and 10GBASE-T server adapters and portfolio of OpenOnload and EnterpriseOnload application acceleration middleware. Solarflare's 10GbE adapters, in combination with its OpenOnload middleware, are targeted at applications such as high frequency financial trading, which require reduced latency and increased message rates for TCP/IP traffic in market data feeds. The adapter's scalable vNIC architecture provides up to 2,048 protected interfaces to the host system that OpenOnload uses to map applications directly to the NIC hardware. Those same vNIC interfaces are also used to enable virtual machine application acceleration and CPU core scaling.

"Our deal to sell the 10GBASE-T business is good for our current installed base of 10GBASE-T customers who will now benefit from having continued support for the best 10GBASE-T product on the market," said Russell Stern, CEO at Solarflare. "We have now reached critical mass. Solarflare will continue to build on its success in the 10GbE server adapter market by growing share in high frequency trading and HPC segments, and launching solutions targeting the virtualization and big data segments. We're excited by what the rest of 2011 will bring to the company."