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Volex buys AppliedMicro active optical tech

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:active optical technology? data centre? interconnect?

Volex plc and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. have finalized a deal under which Volex has acquired active optical technology from AppliedMicro for about $2 million. Under the terms of the agreement, AppliedMicro will have a five-year non-compete in connection with the marketing and sale of active optical cables, transceivers, modules and related assemblies.

The companies will also share ownership of the associated active optical patent portfolio, allowing each company to continue development of the technologies, and forming the basis for the two companies to collaborate on next-generation optical interconnect products and solutions.

AppliedMicro has been actively developing the technology platform for three years. The company's focus in its R&D efforts was to overcome the primary roadblocks to widespread adoption of high-speed data interconnects: cost and complexity.

George Jones, VP of marketing and business development for connectivity solutions at AppliedMicro, stated: "We chose Volex to take the platform forward due to its strong focus on the active optical cable space and extensive customer relationships in data centre markets. We look forward to working with Volex as it accelerates and furthers the development of the technology and manufacturing of an innovative product set to complement our own initiatives in semiconductor technology and networking."

Ray Walsh, Volex CEO, said: "Our data centre and telecommunications customers have been asking for a cost-effective, high-speed optical solution to replace legacy copper interconnects. The technology and expertise we have acquired from AppliedMicro will provide Volex with a unique platform to develop and deliver reliable, low-power, competitive active optical solutions, including active optical cables and transceivers, into all of our sectors. The joint ownership of the patent portfolio will provide a foundation for a continuing close cooperation with AppliedMicro in product development, sales and marketing activities."

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