Applied Micro Circuits Corporation provides silicon solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers, as well as connectivity products for edge, metro, and long haul communications equipment. The company’s products include the X-Gene ARM 64-bit Server on a Chip solution (X-Gene) targeted for cloud data center, high-performance computing, and enterprise applications. It also offers a line of embedded computing products based on Power Architecture. Its future embedded processor products would be based on the ARM Instruction Set Architecture. The company’s embedded processor products are deployed in applications, such as control- and data-plane functionality, wireless access points, residential gateways, wireless base stations, storage controllers, network attached storage, network switches and routing products, and multi-function printers. Products and Customers The company develops products for computing and high-speed connectivity. These products are used in various communications and other networking applications, such as the infrastructure for data centers, wide area networks, carrier access networks, and enterprise networks. Majority of its products could be grouped into the functional categories, such as: Server on a Chip Products In 2013, the company began shipping samples of X-Gene to customers and partners. X-Gene features eight high-performance cores operating at approximately 2.4GHz, coupled with network and storage offload engines and integrated Ethernet. X-Gene represents a new, grounds-up Cloud Server solution tailored for the growth of structured and unstructured compute requirements in next generation data centers. Power PC Embedded Computing Products The company’s embedded processors are deployed in various critical applications in target markets, such as wireless LAN, residential, data centers, and enterprise. In networking equipment, such as edge, core, and enterprise routers, its embedded processors handle overall system maintenance and management functions. The company’s processors are also targeted at large opportunities in RAID storage processing, multi-function printers, and various other embedded applications. In wireless LAN applications, its embedded processors are installed in a share of all enterprise class access points shipped worldwide. Embedded processor customers include Brocade, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Kyocera, Netgear, Q-Logic, Toshiba, TEC, Western Digital, and Cisco Systems, Inc. Connectivity Products The company’s high-speed connectivity products include a range of physical layer, framer, and mapper solutions. Its integrated framer-physical layer silicon solutions transmit and receive signals, and are used in high-speed optical network infrastructure equipment. For optical transport network applications, the company’s framer products incorporate its Forward Error Correction technology to improve reach. In 2013, the company announced the X-Weave family of products, designed to meet the needs of public cloud, private cloud, and enterprise data centers. The company’s connectivity products span 10Gbps (gigabit per second), 40Gbps, and 100Gbps to 240Gbps of connectivity with multi-protocol features. Its products could be found in major platforms at major networking original equipment manufacturers, such as Cisco Systems, Inc.; Huawei; Alcatel-Lucent; Ciena; Fujitsu; Juniper; NEC; Coriant; ZTE; and various others. Suppliers The company purchases its ceramic and plastic packages from various vendors, including Advanced Semiconductor Engineering; Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd.; IBM; Unimicron; and Nanya. It uses external foundries, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation for the majority of the company’s silicon wafer needs. Sales and Marketing The company sells its products both directly and through a network of independent manufacturers' representatives and distributors. It maintains sales offices worldwide. Strategy The company’s strategy is to utilize its existing core competencies in creating high performance multi-GHz enterprise class processors and high-speed analog/mixed-signal designs to create disruptive new technologies that would define and lead the market for silicon solutions addressing cloud data center, high-performance computing and enterprise applications. Its strategy includes embedded computing and connectivity. Research and Development During the year ended March 31, 2014, the company expensed $146.6 million on research and development activities. Intellectual Property The company holds approximately 290 issued patents, which principally cover aspects of the design and architecture of its integrated circuit and enterprise storage products. In addition, it has approximately 195 inventions in various stages of the patenting process in the United States and internationally. In the United States, the company’s trademarks and registered trademarks include AppliedMicro, AMCC, APM, X-Gene, X-Weave, Server on a Chip, Cloud Server, Cloud Processor, OTNsec, Arming the Cloud, HardSilicon, and others. Competition In the embedded computing silicon solutions market, the company competes with technology companies, such as Cavium and Freescale Semiconductor. In the connectivity silicon solutions market segment, it competes primarily against companies, such as Broadcom Corporation, Cortina, and PMC-Sierra. History Applied Micro Circuits Corporation was founded in 1979. The company was incorporated in California in 1979 and was reincorporated in Delaware in 1987.
applied micro circuits corp
215 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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