Omron acquires Aduro

January 11, 2006 Pleasanton, CA -- Omron has reached an agreement to acquire Aduro, a Silicon Valley manufacturer of precision high-speed optical subassemblies. According to a press release, Omron's Electronic Components Business unit (ECB) assumed the assets of Aduro on December 30, 2005, and has established a subsidiary called Omron Network Products LLC (ONP), which includes the entire Aduro team.

January 11, 2006 Pleasanton, CA -- Omron has reached an agreement to acquire Aduro, a Silicon Valley manufacturer of precision high-speed optical subassemblies. According to a press release, Omron's Electronic Components Business unit (ECB) assumed the assets of Aduro on December 30, 2005, and has established a subsidiary called Omron Network Products LLC (ONP), which includes the entire Aduro team.

Omron says the acquisition brings great synergy to it operations, as the company has been developing a line of optical component products including CWDM devices, passive optical switches, and microlens arrays. The company says the acquisition immediately places it among the leading suppliers of integrated, CWDM transmit optical subassemblies (TOSA) and receive optical subassemblies (ROSA) for the 10-Gigabit Ethernet and high-definition video markets.

Aduro was established in 2003 after buying Blaze Network Products; the company's LX4 ROSA has already been accepted by a number of major optical transceiver companies.

"The acquisition brings much-desired financial resources to the company," says Brian Peters, former CEO of Aduro and now president of Omron's ONP. "Our customers, as well as the industry in general, have been pressing us to quickly ramp into mass production. The influx of capital will allow us to ramp for the LX4 transceiver market, which is gaining momentum in the marketplace."

The new entity plans to launch FTTH and home network products in the Japanese market, and for the consumer electronic market in general.

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