Cisco invests in cloud chip maker

Cisco has invested in Tilera, a developer of multicore processors for cloud computing and communications

Cisco has invested in Tilera, a developer of multicore processors for cloud computing and communications, as part of the chip maker's $45 million round announced this week.

Founded in 2004, Tilera makes general purpose multicore processors for networking, wireless, and multimedia infrastructure applications. Tilera's processors are based on the company's iMesh architecture, which is designed to scale to hundreds of RISC-based cores on a single chip.

It is not clear if Cisco will use the Tilera technology or if its investment is simply that -- an investment. If it did use the technology, the Tilera processors could emerge in a future generation of Cisco servers for data centers and cloud computing environments.

But Cisco has invested or acquired other chip companies through the years, like Celeno, which makes semiconductors for multimedia home networking; Procket Network, which made high-speed packet processors for routers; and CoreOptics, which makes digital signal processors for 100Gbps optical transport networks. The Procket technology is at the core of Cisco's QuantumFlow processor, which debuted with the ASR 1000 router line in 2008 and is also included in the new CRS-3 core router.

Tilera has been shipping multicore processors since 2007 and has two product lines: TILE64 and TILEPro processors, with another -- the TILE-Gx line -- planned for early 2011. A TILEPro based 512-core server is now available and TILE-Gx, which includes a 100-core processor, will begin sampling this quarter.

Tilera said it is operating near breakeven and expects to reach profitability later this year. The $45 million round will be used to accelerate the development of its fourth-generation processor line, expand sales and marketing, and develop other new products.

The round was led by Artis Capital Management. In addition to Cisco, the round included WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank; existing investors Walden International, Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital; and Samsung Venture Investment Co.

Samsung and Cisco join previous strategic investors Broadcom, NTT Finance, VentureTech Alliance, and Quanta Computer.

Tilera is headquartered in San Jose, with offices in Westborough, Mass., Yokohama, Shanghai and Beijing.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jim Duffy

Network World
Topics: business issues, Configuration / maintenance, servers, hardware systems, cisco, internet, investments, cloud computing, Data Center, server, corporate issues
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?