Crimson Microsystems De-Stealths

Startup emerges from stealth mode touting 'microcommunications processors,' firing photon torpedoes at Starship Enterprise

October 27, 2003

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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- After nearly 15 months in stealth mode, Crimson Microsystems, Inc. today revealed its markets of interest and impending product introductions. The company’s experienced team is focused on improving efficiency in data and telecommunications systems in access and metro markets. Crimson will introduce a new class of silicon systems it calls “Microcommunications Processors.”

“The problem in many cases is not capacity,” said Deepak Rana, Crimson’s CEO. “Rather, it is to increase transport efficiency in data and telecommunications while lowering the cost of delivering mainstream and differentiated services. This enables service providers to offer new services at price points attractive enough to unleash pent-up demand.”

Although the underlying standards differ between the data and telecommunications markets, there are several common denominators to resolving their transport efficiency issues. Crimson Microsystems’ founders assembled a team of technical experts with experience in both markets and collaborated on identifying those denominators. Working together, they forged a new architecture that blends essential building blocks of Transport, Aggregation and Grooming (TAG) in an uncommon way. The end result is a single-chip architecture that radically improves efficiency, lowers cost and addresses security in both copper- or fiber-media networks.

Deepak Rana, formerly an Intel executive, founded Crimson in April 2001. His hand-picked co-founders were Michelle Blasius and Jay Larlarb. Blasius, also ex-Intel, is Director of Business Operations and manages all of Crimson’s control functions. Larlarb provides a strong background in engineering and was the architect for Crimson’s TAG software.

Crimson Microsystems Inc.

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