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Another network processor vendor calls it quits

Posted: 06 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Clearwater Networks? network? processor? XStream Logic? DRAM?

Clearwater Networks Inc. has closed its doors, marking another fatality in the high-end network processor market.

The company had been struggling for several months, as it apparently ran out of funding before it could bring its ambitious chip to market.

Clearwater officials could not be reached for comment. The company's phones have been disconnected, and its Web site appears to have vanished.

Dado Banatao, the Tallwood Venture Capital partner who had taken the CEO duties at Clearwater, was traveling this week and did not return a call for comment.

Formerly named XStream Logic Inc., Clearwater was developing a complex 10Gbps network processor based on simultaneous multithreading, an architecture that would keep multiple processing units busy at all times. The company also had developed a memory subsystem to minimize DRAM bank conflicts and thereby minimize delays in packet processing.

Clearwater apparently had trouble perfecting the device, however. "The company had been around for three years and never taped out anything," said Linley Gwennap, president of research firm The Linley Group.

? Craig Matsumoto

EE Times

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