The Edge Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (06/30/2000) - Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group has acquired Hermann Technology, a Dallas supplier of specialized components for dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical networks. Founded in 1994, Hermann makes passive thin-film filters for DWDM systems, which Lucent hopes will help it kick up the throughput of its own optical-network components manufacturing. The price of the transaction was US$438 million in Lucent stock.

Hermann's approximately 65 employees are expected to remain in Dallas.

Startup Telica in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has announced a partnership with Redback Networks Inc. to link Telica's SS7-based multiservice switching architecture with Redback's Subscriber Management System for enhanced IP-based services. Although Telica has not yet delivered its product, its software is designed to integrate call control, data and voice termination, service intelligence and other features into broadband IP networks with very low latency. Privately held Telica has so far received about $60 million in venture capital funding.

3Com Corp. this week announced the availability of its CommWorks 8210 unified messaging system. CommWorks 8210 lets users access e-mail, voice mail and fax messages from the public switched telephone network, Internet, broadband or wireless network using an array of client devices, 3Com says. Those devices can include telephones, personal and laptop computers, e-mail clients, Web browsers, wireless handsets and PDAs. Available now, CommWorks 8210 is priced on a per-port basis and according to the scope of deployment.

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