Smooth sailing on the optical front

Infineon Technologies acquires Catamaran, while Intel gets Cognet, nSerial and Light Logic.

Infineon Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Catamaran Communications for US$ 250 million. Catamaran is a Silicon Valley based fabless communications semiconductor company focusing on the development of ICs for the OC-768 (40 Gbps) and OC-192 (10 Gbps) SDH / SONET marketplace.

Catamaran’s products are targeted at the terabit router, add drop multiplexer (ADMs), dense wave division multiplexer (DWDMs), and digital cross connect (DCS) marketplaces.

Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, Catamaran will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon. This will allow it to maintain its start-up approach, while capitalising on the synergies with Infineon’s existing wide area network (WAN), fibre optic and high-speed communication business units,

Last week, Intel also announced that it has agreed to acquire three companies in the opto-electronic components arena.

Intel is to acquire both Cognet and nSerial Corporation, two developers of electronic components for 10 Gigabit Ethernet optical modules as well as LightLogic, a provider of optical transponders targeted at the metropolitan market segment.