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Cisco Completes Acquisition of Luxtera, Inc.

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Luxtera, Inc., a Leader in Silicon Photonics and Optical Transceivers

Luxtera’s technology provides a strategic addition to Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking portfolio

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – On February 6, 2019, Cisco announced it has completed the acquisition of Luxtera, Inc., a privately-held semiconductor company based in Carlsbad, Calif.

Luxtera uses silicon photonics technology to build integrated optics capabilities for webscale companies, enterprise data centers, service providers, and other companies.

Luxtera’s technology is critically important with the emerging class of distributed cloud, mobility, and IoT applications that is creating a strain on existing communications infrastructure. The combination of Cisco’s and Luxtera’s capabilities in 100GbE/400GbE optics, silicon, and process technology will enable customers to build future-proof networks optimized for performance, reliability, and cost. Cisco and Luxtera optics technologies together present a strategic opportunity to support customers as they expand and navigate market transitions.

Silicon photonics accelerates data transfer speeds, reduces complexity to support bandwidth at scale, and removes network infrastructure constraints in a cost-effective manner.

Cisco’s investment in silicon and optics is at the heart of Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking strategy, enabling networking and security at scale, all powered by analytics.

Q:  Why did Cisco acquire Luxtera?
A: Cisco’s acquisition of Luxtera enables us to accelerate our plans for our Intent-Based networking strategy and next-generation product portfolio. We will be able to bring new capabilities to the market faster. We recognize that silicon photonics will continue to play a significant role in the enablement of next-generation networks. We chose Luxtera based on its leadership in the field, strong and established working relationships, and on the company’s expertise and market traction in silicon photonics advanced design and manufacturing capabilities.  

Q:  Who is Luxtera?
A: Luxtera is a privately-held semiconductor company that uses silicon photonics technology to build integrated optics capabilities for webscale companies, enterprise data centers, service providers, and other companies. Luxtera’s technology, design, and manufacturing innovation significantly improves performance and scale while lowering costs, effecting enabling organizations to meet unrelenting demand for high-bandwidth applications.

Q:  What does Luxtera offer?
A: Luxtera designs and manufactures silicon photonics-based optical transceivers for enterprise, data center, and service provider market segments. Luxtera is a leader in silicon photonics, which refers to the use of a standard semiconductor wafer foundry process to produce opto-electronic devices. These devices provide the connectivity to move large amounts of data and high speeds over optical fiber. Luxtera has successfully overcome the technical obstacles involved with integrating high-performance optics with electronics over a CMOS chip.

Luxtera Customers and Partners:
Current Luxtera customers should continue to contact their Luxtera representative.

Luxtera customers should continue to use the existing process for support on their solution. Cisco will notify you in advance of any change to the support process.

Cisco Partners – Existing Cisco Partners should continue to contact their Cisco Partner Account Manager (PAM) for additional information regarding this acquisition.

Better Together

Accelerating Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking and Product Portfolio

Together, Cisco and Luxtera will lead in core network technologies that enable webscale companies, enterprise data centers, and service providers meet their expanding bandwidth requirements.