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Atheros grows with Opulan purchase

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband? MUX? PON?

Atheros Communications Inc. reports the acquisition of Opulan Technologies Corp., a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in solutions for passive optical networking (PON) and broadband access aggregation (MUX). The acquisition expands Atheros' platform solutions for its networking customers worldwide, and enhances its strong R&D capabilities and customer relationships in Asia.

With Opulan's 1G/10G Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) and MUX technologies, Atheros can provides WAN-to-LAN broadband architecture for the home and multi-dwelling unit (MDU). By integrating the carrier transport mechanisms with its GbE solutions, the company now offers a carrier-class fiber-to-the-home platform that delivers Gigabit optical broadband access from the central office to the gateway, and then intelligently routes the traffic within the home using Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Powerline and hybrid connectivity solutions.

Market analyst Infonetics Research says that the market for PON equipment will more than double between 2009 and 2014. The ramp in PON demand is being driven by the global upgrade of existing broadband infrastructure to support ever-increasing bandwidth needs for video delivery and content sharing from the network cloud into and around homes and MDUs.

Atheros paid about $72 million to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Opulan. It may pay additional cash to Opulan shareholders subject to the attainment of earn-out objectives applicable to the acquired business during a 12-month period following the closing date. The purchase price was paid in cash, with a portion placed into escrow pursuant to the terms of the acquisition agreement.

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