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Xiran Gets Crossed Out

Another iSCSI TOE vendor is wearing a toe tag.

SimpleTech
today said it closed its Xiran division, which manufactured iSCSI HBAs and TCP offload engines (TOEs) but scored no major design wins, generated little revenue, and lost approximately $2 million per quarter.

SimpleTech CEO Manouch Moshayedi says the company forecast no revenue from iSCSI chips for at least 18 months and perhaps not for two years. "That's another $20 million investment," Moshayedi said in a conference call to explain the closing. "We'd rather take the $2 million a quarter and invest it back into SimpleTech."

SimpleTech said it evaluated alternatives, which means it probably tried to sell Xiran. Instead, Xiran met the same fate as its one-time rivals iReady and Trebia, which also closed shop (see iReady to Go, Nvidia Buys iReady, and Trebia Croaks).

Those startups at least found companies to scoop up their assets. Nvidia Corp.

grabbed what was left of iReady for an estimated $6 million; and Emulex Corp. (NYSE: ELX)
paid around $2 million for Trebias assets.

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