Intel makes three optical networking acquisitions

Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire three companies with capabilities and technologies for producing opto-electronic components used in fiber optic networking equipment, the company said Tuesday.

Intel will acquire Cognet Microsystems Inc. and nSerial Corp., both developers of 10G-bps (bits-per-second) Ethernet optical modules. In addition, Intel has bought LightLogic Inc., a provider of integrated, high-speed optical transponders. From its acquisitions, Intel will gain the capability to develop lower cost and lower power consumption optical networking equipment, the company said in a statement.

Intel’s communications equipment customers are asking the company to integrate high-speed electronic and photonic components into cost effective building blocks that help them reduce time-to-market, said Mike Ricci, vice-president and general manager of Intel’s Optical Products Group, 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. Opto-electronics technology converts electrical pulses to light pulses and vice-versa.

Cognet, based in Los Angeles, develops electronic components for use in the 10G-bps Ethernet modules. The company’s components can be found in optical network switches, servers and edge routers used in communication appliances.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based nSerial develops high-speed physical layer components such as serializer/deserializer transceivers for 10G-bps Ethernet products. LightLogic, based in Newark, California, designs, manufactures and sells integrated opto-electronic components to companies developing optical communication systems.

Intel, in Santa Clara, Calif., can be reached at LightLogic, in Newark, Calif., can be reached at Cognet Microsystems, in Los Angeles, can be reached at