Cisco pulls plug on Radiata

Cisco has decided to wind down wireless chipset maker, Radiata, three years after acquiring the Australian company for $567 million.

About half of Radiata’s 50 staff will be redeployed or lose their jobs, including one of Radiata’s founders, Professor David Skellern.

Cisco informed staff of the closure last week.

The decision to wind down Radiata came as the market for its wireless chipsets matured and commoditised, according to a company spokesperson.

“There will be continuation of research and development in Australia, but it will be scaled down,” the spokesperson said.

Radiata staff working on software and systems will remain, while the rest will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within Cisco.

Full details of the job losses would not be available for several weeks, he said.

Radiata research and development had contributed to the new chipsets which Cisco would release later this year for the 802.11a, b and g wi-fi standards, the spokesperson said.

Radiata was started by professors David Skellern and Neil Weste, based on their research with the CSIRO and Macquarie University.

Weste left Cisco some time ago to pursue other opportunities in the wireless field. Skellern is amongst the Radiata employees who will be affected by the closure.