June 17, 2004 5:43 AM PDT
Cisco snags Procket
Cisco said it will pay cash for select assets of Procket, including its intellectual property, and will hire a majority of its engineers. The engineers will become part of Cisco's Routing Technology Group under senior vice presidents Prem Jain and Mike Volpi.
The deal is subject to various closing conditions and regulatory approvals. It is expected to close in Cisco's current quarter.
Procket makes routers for controlling Internet traffic and had targeted the high-end market, positioning itself against companies like Cisco and Juniper Networks. While the company had launched with well-respected founders, it only signed on a few customers, the most notable being NTT in Japan.
Cisco, which recently launched a new high-end router for large telecom companies, said the Procket deal "will add a rich intellectual property portfolio and a team of proven silicon and software architects" to the company.
"The addition of Procket's engineering team to Cisco offers a unique opportunity to accelerate development of silicon and software across Cisco's next-generation routing portfolio," Volpi said in a statement.
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