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Tracking Intel's Move Into Networking Processors

Intel's move to buy West Bay Semiconductor extends the long acquisition trail that Intel has taken to create some clout in the networking-processor market.

Intel's move to buy West Bay Semiconductor Inc. is expected to improve its networking-chips business and extends the long acquisition trail that Intel has taken to create some clout in the networking-processor market. West Bay designs high-speed and high-density networking chips that transport voice and data over Sonet and synchronous digital hierarchy-based optical networks.

Other acquisitions Intel has made in the area of optical networking since 1999:

• Softcom Microsystems, July 1999: Softcom products process packets of information within high-speed networks based on the ATM and Sonet protocols. Deal price unavailable.

• Level One Communications, August 1999: Maker of communications integrated-circuit technology used for high-speed telecom and networking apps. $2.2 billion stock-for-stock deal.

• GiGA A/S, March 2000: a leading supplier of OC-48 (2.5-Gbps) and OC-192 (10-Gbps) products to telecom and data-communications customers. $1.25 billion all-cash deal.

• NSerial, February 2001: developer of 10-Gbit Ethernet components that convert those electrical signals into the protocols used by networking devices. Deal price unavailable.

• LightLogic, April 2001: Maker of highly integrated, high-speed optical transponders aimed at the metropolitan-network segment. Deal price unavailable.

• Cognet, April 2001: Developer of components that process electrical signals within optical modules after those signals have been converted from light waves. Deal price unavailable.

• New Focus' tunable-laser technology, May 2002: Maker of networked tunable-laser technology that let Intel sell small, low-cost tunable optical transceivers to accelerate the deployment of dense wavelength division multiplexing, or DWDM, equipment used in optical communications. $50 million deal.

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