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Cavium Networks buys W&W Communications

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Cavium Networks, a provider of semiconductor products for networking, communications, security and wireless applications, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire W&W Communications Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in low power, super low latency and full high-definition video processing solutions. The purchase price of the acquisition will be approximately $19.3 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments, and includes the retirement of certain liabilities of W&W Communications. The acquisition is expected to close this December.

"Cavium Networks is a leader in intelligent processors enabling next generation networks," said Syed Ali, president and CEO at Cavium Networks. "This acquisition marks Cavium's entry in to another high-growth market. We see video processing as a key technology for a wide range of next generation, high volume video enabled applications. Combining high-quality, low latency video codec technology with Cavium's MIPS and ARM based processors will enable Cavium to deliver compelling end to end solutions for the entire digital video cycle.

We have been working with W&W Communications on joint reference designs combining our processors along with their video processors. We are highly excited about the prospects of this technology based upon customer feedback that we have received."

W&W Communications proprietary, patent pending Super Low Latency Technology produces perceptual lossless video quality and delivers the industry's lowest latency at sub-frame encode-decode delay. Other features include a flexible encoder toolset with in-loop de-blocking filter, single-pass bit rate control, content-adaptive noise filtering, programmable cost functions for motion vector and prediction mode coding, efficient search algorithms, large search area, 1/2 and 1/4 pixel motion estimation interpolation and error resiliency and concealment. The core technology is based on a scalable parallel architecture, which is designed to meet future higher resolution, quality and channel density requirements, while providing low cost and power consumption per stream. The current W&W Communications' processor provides a single chip solution for up to 4 HD, 8 SD and 32-CIF streams at full frame rate at dramatically lower cost, power consumption and footprint over existing multi-chip DSP implementations.





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