Parama Networks nabs $7 million in Series B funding

February 11, 2004 Santa Clara, CA -- Parama Networks has closed a $7-million Series B round of funding, led by Menlo Ventures and completed by existing investors Azure Capital Partners, Cross Bridge Ventures, Network Angel Capital, and Sprout Group.

Feb 11th, 2004

February 11, 2004 Santa Clara, CA -- Parama Networks has closed a $7-million Series B round of funding, led by Menlo Ventures and completed by existing investors Azure Capital Partners, Cross Bridge Ventures, Network Angel Capital, and Sprout Group.

"This round should take us close to the breakeven or cash-flow positive point," reports Hemant Bheda, CEO of Parama Networks. "With the launch of our first product earlier this month and the design cycle associated with it, we should begin realizing revenues in 3Q 2004. We already have a design win with a large vendor of telecommunications equipment and hope to announce that and three other customers by the end of 2004."

"Parama is one of the better investment opportunities in the world of telecom startups and we are pleased to provide them our continued support," adds Hal Calhoun, managing director, Menlo Ventures and a member of the Parama Networks Board of Directors. "Their product is solid and right for the times. Carriers and equipment vendors are looking for cost-effective and efficient ways to evolve the telecommunications infrastructure in order to handle the burgeoning growth of data services, and the ADM-on-a-Chip addresses this critical need."

The ADM-on-a-Chip is an innovative "system on a chip" (SoC). It integrates for the first time on a single piece of silicon all of the functions--crossconnect, line and tributary framers, and overhead processing--necessary to build an add/drop multiplexer (ADM) and other next-generation equipment for SONET/SDH networks.

By offering what the company claims is the highest level of integration to date, Parama Networks' ADM-on-a-Chip allows for the design of smaller equipment that consumes much less power. The complete solution allows manufacturers to slash their product development costs and roll out new products much more quickly.

Parama Networks will demonstrate data transport over SONET/SDH networks and other advanced capabilities of the ADM-on-a-Chip in Los Angeles, February 24 - 25, 2004, at the New Otani Hotel, located two miles from the L.A. Convention Center, site of the OFC 2004 Conference and Exhibition.

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