Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has announced that they are partnering as part of a ten-year patent agreement. This is Samsung’s third patent-related agreement announced in the last 10 days.
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At CES 2014, Linksys is unveiling a new WiFi router called the WRT1900AC Dual Band WiFi Router. You will notice that the WRT1900AC looks like the old school Linksys routers that we remember from around a decade ago.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was able to defeat Cisco Systems in court regarding competition concerns in their $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Europe’s second-highest court ruled against claims by Cisco that the Microsoft-Skype deal would harm competition. Microsoft will be able to continue marketing Skype video calling to consumers and businesses without having to make concessions to Cisco Systems.
Compass-EOS has raised $42 million in funding. The company previously raised $120 million in funding. Compass-EOS is known for building routers. Compass-EOS’ largest competitor, Cisco Systems, is also an investor in the startup. Compass-EOS spent around six years developing a technology called icPhotonics. This technology brings optical communications to standard silicon chips. This allows for faster data transfers from routers that are 21 times smaller than existing routers. Compass-EOS will be realigning their workforce.
Before buying out the remainder of Insieme, Cisco Systems already owned 85% of the startup. Although the final price of the acquisition would be tied to sales target, the deal could end up costing around $863 million. Insieme is known for developing software defined network (SDN) technology. SDN technology can run on cheaper hardware than Cisco’s routers and switches.
Cisco Systems and high-capacity wireless company Wilocity have been collaborating on developing 60GHz enterprise networking products to support high speeds of 5Gbps. This technology is based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.11ad standard. It will be certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance with the name WiGig. Cisco did not reveal the amount investment in Wilocity.