3Com is attempting to beef up its processor expertise by making an undisclosed equity investment in Israeli system on a chip developer, Silicon Value.
The investment is the latest attempt by the networking equipment supplier to strengthen its silicon capabilities and the company expects to invest in or acquire other similar developers.
Silicon Value has reduced the size of its processors to squeeze more functionality onto the silicon. As a result, the company's Asics achieve high circuit densities, which, it claims, solve the time issues associated with traditional deep submicron Asics.
The firm also attests that the smaller chip can operate at higher frequencies and requires less power, making it ideal for use in communications applications and devices for the consumer market.
Yair Sakov, 3Com's director of Business Development, said: "Silicon Value provides a new breed of Asics that are increasingly important to next generation products where reducing costs, improving performance and time to market are critical."
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