SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Chelsio Communications Inc., a leading provider of 10-Gigabit Ethernet unified wire solutions, today announced the closing of a Series E private funding round, raising a total of $25 million from a prominent team of investors with proven track records in semiconductors and communications.
This round was led by an investor new to the company, Investor Growth Capital, while existing investors New Enterprise Associates, INVESCO Private Capital, LSI Logic Corporation, Hotung Capital Management, Abacus Capital Group, Pacesetter Capital Group, and Horizon Ventures all participated.
Powered by the 3rd generation Terminator 3 (T3) ASIC, Chelsio's portfolio of unified wire adapters enable 10Gb Ethernet to replace disparate fabric technologies such as Fibre Channel and InfiniBand in a wide range of applications, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Filers, Storage Area Network (SAN) Arrays, Server Adapters, High Performance Cluster Computing, Blade Servers, Video Servers, Application Servers and Web Accelerators. Chelsio's product line constitutes the industry's broadest 10Gb Ethernet adapter portfolio targeting all major market segments.
Chelsio's cut-through T3 architecture delivers the highest transactions rate in the industry, in excess of 16 million packets per second. Chelsio's customers are able to use the same drivers for any host bus, any physical media, any offload protocol, and any number of ports and speeds of Ethernet.
"Enterprise data center managers do not want three separate networking fabrics. The one they obviously want is Ethernet with high levels of throughput coupled with reductions in latency and CPU utilization that prior generations of Ethernet could not achieve," said Jose Suarez, managing director of Investor Growth Capital. "Chelsio is a proven provider of 10GbE adapters that enable data center fabric convergence without requiring software modification. We see Chelsio as a key enabler in the rapid shift of this very large market, bringing the performance that data centers need and the single networking standard they want, creating a compelling opportunity for customers as well as investors."