Cisco buys Ashley Laurent to enhance Linksys lines

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By  Published  October 20, 2006

Cisco Systems has acquired the intellectual property and selected assets of Ashley Laurent, a provider of software for the embedded service provider gateway market.

The move is a bid to enhance its Linksys’ digital subscriber lines (DSL) gateway offerings.

Ashley Laurent’s software provides essential features found in home networking equipment such as firewall/virtual private network (VPN), content filtering, quality of service, device management, transmission control protocol (TCP)/ internet protocol (IP) routing and virus protection.

Its solutions support most real-time operating systems and networking silicon vendors.

“Ashley Laurent has been developing software code for home gateway products for more than a decade.

This software experience provides Linksys with products with intellectual property and the ability to bring unique products to market faster while being more flexible to customise solutions for service providers,” Malachy Moynihan, vice president and general manager of the Linksys Home Networking Business Unit (HNBU), said in a statement.

The eight employees of Texas, US-based Ashley Laurent will join the Linksys HNBU and move to a Cisco office.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Linksys previously outsourced much of its software development to companies including Ashley Laurent but is now planning to bring it in-house.

Linksys sees a growing opportunity to integrate special features for voice over IP (VoIP) and multimedia into gateways, Moynihan said according to a report by news service IDG.

Greater consistency across different gateway devices is understood to be one thing that Linksys hopes to obtain from the Ashley Laurent purchase.

Some carriers provide the boxes themselves, but Linksys wants more consumers to be able to buy gateways that will work smoothly with their carriers’ services, Moynihan claimed, according to the IDG report.

Linksys is also looking for consistency in the software in its gateways and the other devices it supplies, such as networking adapters for TVs.

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