Intel has stepped up its effort to create a top-tier range of networking products by announcing plans to buy network chipmaker Basis Communications for $450m (£287m).
Basis develops a family of network processors aimed at wide area network voice and data convergence. The chips are aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and are designed to take advantage of digital subscriber line and data-over-cable technologies.
Intel plans to integrate Basis's Service-Specific Network Processors into its own Internet Exchange (IX) Architecture. Intel unveiled IX Architecture, which includes an IXP 1200 network processor, last year.
Analysts believe that original equipment manufacturers can use the architecture to design systems more cost-effectively than with traditional Asic technology which requires a new design with each product upgrade. Intel's technology allows silicon to be reprogrammed and existing designs to be reused. This is similar to re-using existing software code to improve applications.
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