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Volex Acquires AppliedMicro Active Optical Technology Platform


LONDON and SUNNYVALE, Calfi., Jan. 14 - Volex plc, the global provider of electrical, digital and optical connections, and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers, announced that the companies have completed a transaction under which Volex has acquired active optical technology from AppliedMicro for a purchase price of approximately US$2 million. Under the asset sale agreement, AppliedMicro has agreed to a five-year non-compete in connection with the marketing and sale of active optical cables, transceivers, modules and related assemblies. The companies will share ownership of the associated active optical patent portfolio, allowing each company to continue development of the technologies, and forming the basis for the two companies to collaborate on next-generation optical interconnect products and solutions.

AppliedMicro has been actively developing the technology platform for three years. The company's focus in its research and development efforts was to overcome the primary roadblocks to widespread adoption of high-speed data interconnects: cost and complexity.

George Jones, vice president of marketing and business development for connectivity solutions at AppliedMicro, stated: "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. 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."

The transaction supports Volex's entry into the emerging multi-billion dollar optical interconnect market for high-speed data applications in data center and telecommunications, as well as the consumer, healthcare and industrial markets.

Ray Walsh, Volex CEO, stated: "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."

About Volex

Volex designs and manufactures performance-driven interconnect solutions for customers in four market sectors: telecoms/datacoms, healthcare, consumer products, and industrial. Volex's core interconnect solutions encompass key technologies such as power cords, high-speed copper and fibre optics, radio-frequency (RF), low frequency (industry standard I/O), and complex cable harnesses. Volex has design and manufacturing facilities located across the globe, enabling flexibility in meeting customers' delivery timetables and price targets.

About AppliedMicro

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation is a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers. AppliedMicro delivers silicon solutions that dramatically lower total cost of ownership. Corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California.

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Source: Volex, AppliedMicro

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