Intel buys optical networking chip company

Intel buys optical networking chip company

Intel plans to bolster its optical networking processor line-up with the purchase of West Bay Semiconductor , the company has announced.

Financial terms of the deal, a cash transaction, were not disclosed, Intel said.

West Bay designs networking processors that transmit voice and data signals over SONET/SDH (Synchronous Optical Networking/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) networks.

The chips were designed for products that use SONET/SDH applications running at 2.5G bps (bits per second) or less, and will be incorporated into Intel's product line for that segment of the market, the company said.

Intel would use West Bay's technology to build networking chips on its 90-nanometer process technology, which is expected to be up and running with the release of the Prescott desktop processor later this year, it said.

The company plans to assimilate most of West Bay's employees into Intel's Optical Products Group.

An Intel representative did not immediately respond to inquiries about the status of the remaining West Bay employees.

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