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Voltaire Nabs Cash Amid Speculation

Voltaire has clinched an additional $10 million of funding ahead of its predicted IPO, according to Israeli news reports, as rumors continue to circulate about the future of the InfiniBand specialist.

Technology Website Globes and newspaper Haaretz reported last night that Eric Benhamou, who was recently appointed to the firm's board of directors, contributed around $1 million to the round. (See Former Palm, 3Com CEO Joins Voltaire.)

Benhamou, the former CEO of Palm and 3Com, is head of venture capital firm Benhamou Global Ventures, and he also helped launch IP storage specialist Intransa. (See On 3Com's Storage Trail, 3Com's Enterprise Challenge, and Intransa Gets $2.7M.)

With attention once again focused on Voltaire's plans, spokeswoman Christy Lynch refused to divulge details of the vendor's funding and long-term strategy. "We dont comment on rumors," she says, adding that Voltaire does not share its financial information.

Last month saw rumors that Voltaire will raise $100 million in a third-quarter IPO. (See IPO Talk Strikes Voltaire.) Voltaire has reportedly chosen Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan as the lead managers for the Nasdaq offering, with RBC and Thomas Weisel as co-managers.

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