Pipeline - News Briefs for week of April 13-20

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Seagull sells fast silicon savvy to Cisco -- Cisco Systems Inc. announced a
definitive agreement to acquire a wholly owned subsidiary of privately-held Seagull
Semiconductor Ltd. The acquired subsidiary comprises Seagull's core technology
development team. Based in Herzliya, Israel, Seagull is a developer of high-speed
silicon technology. Cisco is hoping that the high-speed silicon expertise brought by
Seagull's development team will help accelerate the development of terabit performance
routers.

Layer 3 switches booming -- US organizations will spend more than $19
billion on 100M and 1G Ethernet in 2004, according to a market research study released
by Infonetics Research Inc. More than half of the spending will go to layer 3 switches,
said Infonetics analyst Michael Howard. The study indicated that 70 percent of surveyed
technology adopters plan to adopt layer 3 switches by 2002. This is said to confirm
assertions that layer 3 will be a viable alternative to traditional multiprotocol
routers.

Set-top box tops NAB agenda -- Although its efforts do not garner the
attention they once did, Oracle Corporation is still actively seeking ways to further
the state of the art of video-on-demand technology. As company founder Larry Ellison
spent a spell at broadcast technology pioneer Ampeg, this is understandable. At the
recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Oracle
joined with diverse technology providers to demonstrate a new solution for interactive
TV. The goal is the production of more personalized and interactive product offerings
in the digital television arena. Known as iTV, the new offering features media streams
that can be individually controlled and manipulated. Marconi, Motorola, SGI, and
ViaGate worked with Oracle to create iTV, which employs SGI's Origin 200 server, the
Oracle Video Server for distributing content to a network, Marconi's ASX-1000 ATM,
ViaGate's ViaJet A400 modem and A406 residential gateway, and Motorola's Streamaster
set-top client.

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