Intel buys three optical companies

Intel has agreed to acquire three companies with capabilities and technologies for producing optoelectronic components used in fiber-optic networking equipment.

Intel will purchase Cognet Microsystems and nSerial Corp., both developers of 10Gbps Ethernet optical modules. In addition, Intel has acquired LightLogic, a provider of integrated, high-speed optical transponders. From these acquisitions, Intel hopes to develop lower-cost and lower-power-consumption optical networking equipment, the company said in a statement.

The three acquisitions are expected to close during the second quarter of the year. The financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Optoelectronics technology converts electrical pulses to light pulses and vice versa.

Cognet's components can be found in optical network switches, servers, and edge routers used in communication appliances. nSerial develops high-speed physical-layer components such as serializer/ deserializer transceivers for 10Gbps Ethernet products. LightLogic designs, manufactures, and sells integrated optoelectronic components to companies developing optical communication systems.

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