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Quick Takes: AMCC/MCC merger complete

AMCC completes merger with MMC Networks

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC), provider of high-bandwidth silicon connectivity for the world's optical networks, says it has completed a merger with MMC Networks Inc., which provides network processors, traffic management and switch fabric technology. MMC Networks shareholders recently approved the merger, which has each outstanding share of MMC Networks common stock being converted into 0.619 shares of AMCC common stock . At the close of trading on October 25, MMC Networks common stock ceased to be traded on the Nasdaq National Market and shareholders of MMC Networks became shareholders of AMCC.

Linux WAN communication systems now freely available

The Software Group Ltd. has released Linux drivers and administration utilities for its SGP hardware adapter to the public domain under the Free Software Foundation's General Public License, version 2. The software is freely available as source code. The drivers interface with existing GPL synchronous wide area communications packages, connecting Linux with serial synchronous communications links running at speeds up to 4 Megabits/second. With these drivers and The Software Group's SGP hardware, Linux applications can now connect directly with up to 16 wide area network (WAN) links running Internet-standard Point-to-Point network, CCITT-standard X.25 or CCITT-standard LAPB protocols. The Software Group supplies the GPL X.25 utilities, SGP hardware specific programs and driver source for anonymous download from its web site.

Agilent Technologies ships over one million of widely-used Fibre Channel controller ICs

Agilent Technologies, which designs and manufactures test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components, says it has shipped over one million Tachyon Fibre Channel controller ICs since production began in 1995. Agilent's Tachyon protocol controller ICs are used by industry-leading storage subsystem and system OEMs. Agilent's newest Tachyon device, the 2-Gb/s Tachyon XL2 IC, is now available to developers of storage subsystems, storage routers, host bus adapters and host computer motherboards. These controller ICs are being designed into SAN applications, such as Internet access, digitized video, online transactional processing and other enterprise storage applications.

Amber Networks ASR2000 router employs PMC-Sierra chip set for high density IP over T1 applications

PMC-Sierra announced that Amber Networks is using its TEMUX and FREEDM-84 chip set in the ASR2000 aggregation service router, the industry's first fault tolerant carrier infrastructure platform that directs multiple service feeds (TDM private line, Frame Relay, ATM and IP) onto core IP networks. Integral to the ASR2000's architecture, the PMC-Sierra FREEDM-84/TEMUX chip set provides a comprehensive framer and mapper solution for high density T1 aggregation in less than half the number of chips compared to other currently available solutions. Telecommunications Magazine selected the ASR2000 as product of the month for August 2000. It was also named the "Most Promising New Technology" in the backbone and edge equipment market space at this year's SUPERCOMM2000.

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