Knobbe Martens Client ClariPhy Communications, Inc. Acquired for $275 Million

Inphi to Acquire ClariPhy Communications, Inc., A Leading Provider of Coherent DSP; Combined Product Portfolio Supports Service Provider and Cloud Customer Success

Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leading provider of high-speed data movement interconnects, announced on November 1, 2016 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Knobbe Martens client ClariPhy Communications Inc., a leading provider of ultra-high-speed systems-on-chip (SoCs) for multi-terabit data, long haul and metro networking markets for $275 million in cash as well as the assumption of certain liabilities at the close. The acquisition is expected to close in December of 2016, at which time ClariPhy’s employees are expected to join Inphi.

“With the acquisition of ClariPhy, we are completing our product portfolio as the leading component and platform supplier for optical networking customers,” said Ford Tamer, president and CEO of Inphi. “The ClariPhy coherent DSP complements Inphi TiA, driver, optical PHY and silicon photonics components to provide system OEM and module customers high-performance and low power platform solutions. Following closing, we expect to have platform offerings for long haul, metro, DCI edge, and intra-data center applications. We believe this will provide customers with faster time-to-market, proven quality, and competitive cost.”

Partners Sean Ambrosius, Theodore Papagiannis and David Trossen manage ClariPhy's patent portfolio.