Fore Systems has made its second acquisition this month, buying Pittsburgh-based Scalable Networks. The latter develops products to link Lans to ATM backbones, broadening the ATM range of switching specialist Fore.
Fore, which acquired Nemesys Reseach, a provider of ATM video technology, for $16 million earlier in the month, will now add Scalable?s range to its Lan access product family. The new products support 100Mbps desktop connectivity and 1Gbps server links to ATM backbones.
Scalable?s switch architecture provides customers with a low cost entry solution for small systems and can expand on a cost-per-port basis up to thousands of ports. Fore will now be able to offer Lan access solutions spanning 10-40Gbps, integrating current Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and FDDI solutions with ATM.
In addition the Scalable technology will incorporate Forethought, a standards-based suite of software components that allow network managers to migrate to ATM, while preserving their investment in existing infrastructure and applications.
The acquisition was completed for about 900,000 shares of Fore Systems' stock and the swap of approximately 46,000 Fore Systems stock options for Scalable stock options.
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