SGI is accelerating talks to spin off its Cray Research supercomputer arm, but a spokesman refused to confirm whether Gores Technology was in the frame to buy it.
SGI, which was formerly known as Silicon Graphics, paid more than $700 million for Cray about three years ago, but US reports claim that a new owner would be unlikely to pay even $100 million for it now.
They also attest that Gores Technology, which describes itself as "a technology and acquisitions management company," is top of the list to purchase the supplier.
Gores has a portfolio of 10 companies, including Farallon, which sells networking products into the Apple market. Its latest buy was tools developer, Aonix, which it bought from Thomson CSF at the end of last year.
SGI announced that it wanted to divest itself of Cray back in August as part of yet another restructuring at the company. It said it wanted to establish Cray as a separate company and was looking for a financial partner. Gores would fit the bill.
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