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Altera's new buy bolsters its OTN offering

Posted: 18 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OTN  Altera  TPACK A/S  acquisition  FPGA-based IP 

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced that it is selling its wholly-owned subsidiary TPACK A/S to Altera Corp. The Copenhagen-based subsidiary delivers complete FPGA-based optical transport network (OTN) products that target the packet and optical networking equipment suppliers.

Altera's acquisition will expand its OTN solution roadmap. Research firm Infonetics noted that combining TPACK with Altera's current OTN development team positions Altera for continued growth in FPGA-based IP solutions for the OTN equipment market, which is forecast to reach Rs.69,892.47 crore ($13 billion) by 2017.

The transaction is expected to close later this month, subject to standard closing conditions and other terms set forth in the agreement. AppliedMicro will retain licence rights to TPACK technology following the divestiture.

The acquisition of TPACK also bolsters Altera's portfolio of OTN solutions, including cost-optimised 20Gb/s OTN mappers for Metro applications and 10 x 10Gb/s OTN Cross-Connect using partial reconfiguration for Packet-Optical Transport Systems.

"Altera has been collaborating with TPACK on joint marketing and development since 2007,"said Scott Bibaud, senior vice president and general manager, communications and broadcast division, Altera. "The combined capabilities of TPACK and Altera accelerate our OTN solutions roadmap to support emerging applications beyond 100G. TPACK's recent demonstration of partial reconfiguration on Altera Stratix V devices validates the advantages of programmable technology for high-density OTN applications requiring multiple client interfaces."

In addition, AppliedMicro and Altera today announced in a joint press release their entry into a strategic cooperation engagement aiming to couple Altera Stratix FPGAs with AppliedMicro X-Gene Server on a Chip offerings to create new data-centre products.

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