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 http://www.intel.com/. LightLogic, in Newark, Calif., can be reached at http://www.lightlogic.com/. Cognet Microsystems, in Los Angeles, can be reached at http://www.cognetmicro.com/.



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