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Broadcom acquisition tied to server speeds

Mon, 07/18/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Broadcom Corp. has inked a $76 million deal to acquire Siliquent Technologies, a closely-held developer of Ethernet controllers that boost server performance.

More specifically, Siliquent develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface controllers for server networking, storage and clustering applications.

Broadcom said the acquisition will accelerate its delivery of 10GbE converged-NICs for server LAN-on-motherboard applications, as demand for the technology in servers begins to ramp up in 2007.

Broadcom added that its C-NIC technology will compete against network fabrics such as Infiniband and Fibre Channel.

A fabless semiconductor company, Siliquent is based in Mountain View, Calif., but also operates research and development facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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