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Intel sells storage assets, cable biz to Emcore

Posted: 14 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fiber optics? optical storage assets? cable business?

Intel Corp. has signed a definitive agreement for Emcore Corp. to acquire the enterprise and storage assets of Intel's optical platform division as well as the Intel Connects Cables business.

Emcore will issue 3.7 million shares of restricted stock for the acquisition, with certain adjustments based on Emcore's stock price twelve months after the closing of the transaction. The assets include intellectual property, inventory, fixed assets and technology relating to optical transceivers for enterprise and storage customers, as well as optical cable interconnects for high-performance computing clusters. The transaction is expected to close in Q2.

The acquisition further enhances Emcore's presence in the optical communications market segments, especially in the areas of 10Gbit Ethernet and SAN transceivers. This allows Emcore to provide a more complete product offering to a broad range of customers.

"Following the successful acquisition of the telecom-related assets of Intel's optical platform division, this second acquisition from Intel enables Emcore's fiber optics to be a significant supplier for both telecom and datacom products," said Reuben Richards, executive chairman, Emcore. "This acquisition will provide additional manufacturing efficiencies through economies of scale and vertical integration, benefiting our enterprise, storage, telecom, cable and high-performance computing customers. The Intel Connects Cables business provides an innovative solution for high-performance computing cluster interconnect applications, using embedded parallel optical transceivers with a multi-mode fiber ribbon."

"Customers are driving consolidation and vertical integration in the optical communications market segments," said Doug Davis, VP, Intel digital enterprise group, and general manager, embedded and communications group. "We will work together to complete a smooth transition of these businesses, building upon the experience in the telecom optical components acquisition."

The sale of these optical-related assets will enable Intel to focus its investments on core communications and embedded market segments in line with its platform strategies. Intel will continue its efforts on the USB 3.0 specification, which is slated to support optical and silicon photonics research and development.

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