Volex acquires AppliedMicro's data center active optical technology

Jan. 14, 2013
Asset sale agreement includes a 5-year non-compete clause.

Volex has reportedly acquired active optical technology assets from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (NASDAQ: AMCC) for approximately $2 million. The asset sale agreement includes a five-year non-compete clause that bars AppliedMicro from marketing and sales of active optical cables, optical transceivers, modules, and related assemblies. The companies will share ownership of the associated active optical patent portfolio, which will enable both companies to continue development of the technologies, including collaboration on next-generation optical interconnect products.

"We chose Volex to take the platform forward due to its strong focus on the active optical cable space and extensive customer relationships in data-center markets,” explains George Jones, vice president of marketing and business development for connectivity solutions at AppliedMicro. “We look forward to working with Volex as it accelerates and furthers the development of the technology and manufacturing of an innovative product set to complement our own initiatives in semiconductor technology and networking."

Adds Ray Walsh, Volex CEO, "Our data center and telecommunications customers have been asking for a cost-effective, high-speed optical solution to replace legacy copper interconnects. The technology and expertise we have acquired from AppliedMicro will provide Volex with a unique platform to develop and deliver reliable, low-power, competitive active optical solutions, including active optical cables and transceivers, into all of our sectors. The joint ownership of the patent portfolio will provide a foundation for a continuing close cooperation with AppliedMicro in product development, sales, and marketing activities."

Related story:Structured cabling fending off active optical cables in data centers, for now

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