PMC-Sierra acquires Wintegra, speeds entry into mobile backhaul market - Lightwave

PMC-Sierra acquires Wintegra, speeds entry into mobile backhaul market

OCTOBER 22, 2010 -- PMC-Sierra Inc., an Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wintegra Inc., a provider of highly integrated network processors optimized for mobile backhaul equipment.

Wintegra’s WinPath family of network processors, combined with field-proven networking software, is used in 3G/4G base stations, fiber, and microwave cell-site routers, as well as radio network controllers deployed globally in mobile networks, says a representative. These single-chip solutions enable carriers to increase throughput on their mobile backhaul networks while scaling and migrating to packet-based architectures.

The acquisition accelerates PMC-Sierra’s product offering in the IP/Ethernet packet-based mobile backhaul equipment market segment, which is expected to grow 35 percent annually from $1.2 billion in 2009 to $5.5 billion in 2014, according to Infonetics research.

This acquisition fits with PMC-Sierra’s overall efforts to accelerate the transition of existing communications equipment to converged, packet-centric solutions, continues the spokesperson. PMC-Sierra provides residential access with Passive Optical Networking (PON) solutions and end-to-end, multi-service Optical Transport Network (OTN) solutions for Metro networks. Wintegra extends PMC-Sierra’s offerings into IP-based mobile backhaul solutions required by carriers as they upgrade their infrastructure to capture growing 3G/4G wireless data service revenues.

“Carriers are moving rapidly to IP-based mobile backhaul, and Wintegra’s product offering is uniquely positioned to enable this packet transition and breakthrough the bandwidth bottlenecks faced in mobile networks,” says Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC-Sierra. “Combined with our broad portfolio of communications infrastructure products, PMC-Sierra is leading the industry in the migration to IP-based networks in mobile backhaul, metro optical transport, and residential Fiber To The Home.”

“We’ve already been partnering with PMC-Sierra to create mobile backhaul solutions that combine our multi-service WinPath processors and networking software with PMC-Sierra’s extensive portfolio of framers and mappers,” says Kobi Ben-Zvi, founder and chief executive officer of Wintegra. “Given the strong strategic fit between the two companies, joining forces will allow us to further accelerate the industry’s transition to IP-based networks.”

Wintegra has 165 employees with the majority of its R&D development team located in Ra’anana, Israel, and Austin, Texas. The acquisition of Wintegra expands PMC-Sierra’s presence in Israel, where its FTTH business is based.

Under the terms of the deal, PMC-Sierra will pay Wintegra $240 million in cash consideration less an estimated net cash amount of $27 million on Wintegra’s balance sheet at time of closing, for a net purchase price of $213 million. PMC-Sierra intends to use its existing balance sheet cash to finance the acquisition. Further, up to an additional $60 million of cash consideration may be paid if certain growth and performance milestones are reached by the end of 2011. The acquisition has been approved by both companies’ board of directors and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010 subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to PMC-Sierra’s earnings.


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