Feeds

Cisco borgs Navini Networks

All-devouring switch firm makes its WiMAX move

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Cisco is buying a plot in the WiMAX space with the $330m cash purchase of Navini Networks.

Navini brings a portfolio of "Smart WiMAX" products and technologies, such as subscriber modems, base stations, adaptive antenna arrays and management systems.

WiMAX is a wireless-internet technology with a far greater range than Wi-Fi. Cisco expects it to play a key role in its "Connected Life" vision to bring ubiquitous service to any device over a network. WiMAX also has promise to bring the internet to emerging markets, where little to no network infrastructure exists.

Rumors had been circulating for some time that Cisco was getting serious about making a WiMAX infrastructure acquisition, with Navini among the top choices of likely buys. While the startup lacks the substantial proprietary customer base of some other WiMAX vendors, the acquisition has the potential to give Cisco a headstart in emerging platforms embraced by Navini, such as MIMO, beamforming and mobile IP.

Navini's employees and assets will be consumed into its Wireless Networking Business Unit. The WNBU is currently home to Cisco's Wi-Fi operations, led by the Linksys Wi-Fi portfolio.

Under the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $330m in cash and assumed options. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco's 2008 fiscal year.

For those keeping score, the Navini purchase is acquisition number 124 for Cisco. ®

(An actually informative) Bootnote

Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) is a technology that uses multiple antennas at the transmitter and receiver to improve performance.

Beamforming is a signal processing technique that can increase a receiver's sensitivity in the direction of wanted signals, and decrease the sensitivity in the direction of interference.

Mobile IP allows a mobile device to move from one network to another while maintaining a permanent IP address.

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.