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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Lightwire

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.

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  1. I really likes your writing – nice to read a post from someone that know what he is writing about – thanks Jhon W

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  2. Lightwire seems very interesting. It does seems to have innovative technology. Thanks

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  3. CISCO has always been known for quality and acquiring Lightwire would be a valuable addition

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  4. February 26, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Nice to hear Cisco. We continue to evangilized Cisco.

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  5. Wow, I’d have liked to be the former primary shareholder of lightwire! Hope this aquisition helps Cisco stay ahead of the technology curve!

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  6. Awesome article! I am glad to see that Cisco has announced that they are trying to acquire lightwire. I think this would be very interesting if this goes through!

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  7. Well this is indeed a valuable move. I admire the business analysis executives at Cisco who have planned something new. If companies like Cisco engage in new inventions then it brings betterment to ordinary consumers. I am alien to the CMOS Photonics Technology but hope it improve the levels of connectivity.

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  8. The intention for acquisiton of Lightwire is a good step by Cisco to cater the growing needs of users about videos, photos and cloud data transfer.

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  9. Cisco knows how to make right business decisions and I think this purchase will make them stronger in their world leader positions in the sector. Especially on cloud services, it will bring more quality to the customers.

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  10. good article! I really like it.

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  11. Awesome news I am eager to see how this acquisition works out and what affect it will have on CSCO price.

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