The technology allows for routers and switches to connect at higher densities using silicon photonics technology, which lowers the overall cost of the devices.
For a more thorough explanation of what Lightwire does and how its technology works, see Craig Matsumoto's story: Lightwire Debuts Its Silicon Photonics.
Why this matters
In a prepared statement, Ned Hooper, Cisco's chief strategy officer, said Lightwire fits in with Cisco's other optical ambitions: "The Lightwire acquisition builds on Cisco's existing optical networking expertise and complements Cisco's 2010 acquisition of CoreOptics, a designer of coherent digital signal-processing solutions and application-specific integrated circuits for high-speed optical networking applications."
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