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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Memoir Systems

September 18, 2014 - 3 Comments

Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire privately held Memoir Systems, a company that develops semiconductor memory intellectual property (IP) and tools that enable ASIC vendors to build programmable network switches with increasing speeds. This acquisition will enable the proliferation of affordable, fast memory for existing Cisco switch ASICs and will help advance Cisco’s ASIC innovations necessary to meet next-generation IT requirements.

Currently in the data center switching market, denser infrastructure and data-intensive workloads are driving demand for higher port density (feeds) and greater bitrates (speeds). At the same time, the accelerating growth of scale-out (non-virtualized) Big Data applications like Hadoop are driving increasing East-West data traffic – furthering the need for greater data center network density. Unfortunately, the physical memory in typical ASIC switch chips cannot cope with the design requirements for these more intense needs and as a result, can become the bottleneck that limits the density and performance of future data center switches.

To help solve the ASIC memory issue, Memoir currently licenses soft-logic IP, which speeds up memory access by up to 10 times. It also reduces the overall footprint this memory takes up in typical switch ASICs.  As a result, this technology allows the development of switch and router ASICs with speeds, feeds, and costs typically not possible with traditional physical memory design techniques. This differentiation is critically important as port densities and port speeds move from 10G to 40/100G.

The acquisition of Memoir Systems is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2015. The Memoir team will report into Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit, under Senior Vice President, Mario Mazzola.

I look forward to seeing Memoir’s technology used across Cisco’s future ASIC projects. Memoir’s technology and strong team will allow Cisco to continue to innovate at the chip level and advance our ASIC and overall networking strategies.

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  1. How much Cisco purchase the company?

  2. I’m delighted to announce that Cisco has completed the acquisition of Memoir Systems. We welcome the team to the Cisco family!

  3. Hilton,

    I can provide a password for our website that will go public shortly

    We max out any network Hardware’s specified (spec) data transfer rate speed. No other software operating system or software tool can do this.

    When you start scaling out to 10-40-100 Gb connections you really have no chance of coming close to the Hardware’s true capabilities to transfer data at the spec speed. Again, we will max it out. We are the only software tag can do this.


    Because we are the only True Parallel Processing software available anywhere.

    The Company, Virtual Parallel Systems. More later.

    Also, every insider in Technology knows that Virtualization technology may help tech Giants sell hardware, but it will not and can not be the technology that leads us forward. It’s inefficient, it hogs the hardware resources, and many are already frustrated with it and have switched to non-virtualization solutions.

    Parallel Processing Software will lead us forward and we have that solution.

    We are not for sale, but we will be working with CISCO soon enough.