Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Lightwire, which develops optical interconnects for high-speed networking applications. This acquisition provides Cisco with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) photonics technology, which will enable service providers and data centers to meet the growing demands of video, data, voice, mobility, and cloud services. This is an exciting milestone in our goal of delivering cost-effective, high-speed networks with the next generation of optical connectivity.
By acquiring Lightwire, we continue our long-standing tradition of bringing world-class talent into the Cisco family. Lightwire brings a strong team with cutting-edge expertise and thought leadership in silicon engineering, including a Kal Shastri, Lightwire Founder and CTO, who will be joining Cisco as a Distinguished Engineer.
The Lightwire acquisition is a great example of Cisco’s commitment to build, buy, and partner to drive innovation; it also supports our strategy to drive market leadership in the core, one of Cisco’s five foundational priorities, and is a strong follow-on to the acquisition of CoreOptics, another key acquisition in the advanced silicon arena. Together, they will enable cost-effective, scalable, converged packet-optical networks to address the needs of our customers and continue Cisco’s long track record of technology innovation and leadership.