Quellan Announces Strategic Alliance With Gore

    World Leader in Advanced Electronic Signal Transmission and Composites
    Makes Strategic Investment

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 27 /CNW/ -- Quellan Incorporated, a leader in
Analog Signal Processing and RF Noise Cancellation low power ICs, today
announced a Strategic Alliance with W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore), a global
leader in electronic signal transmission. Under the terms of the agreement,
the Companies will collaborate on high performance data center interconnects
that reduce power, extend reach and increase speed. Gore has also made an
equity investment in Quellan.
    With the ever increasing bandwidth needs, speed, and size of today's
"Mega Data Centers", cabling is becoming a significant obstacle to cooling and
lower power consumption. By integrating Quellan's Q:ACTIVE semiconductors with
Gore's advanced cabling, Gore's new "Active Cables" will deliver dramatically
lighter, thinner and further reaching cabling to Data Centers.
    "Cable weight and compute density have become exponentially critical in
next generation Data Centers," said Joel Goergen, Chief Scientist at Force10
Networks. "Power consumption is a paramount issue and the industry is devoid
of low energy, small form factor solutions for this escalating problem --
'active' cabling is an innovative answer to this massive problem."
    "We are excited to invest in Quellan," said Eric Gaver, business unit
leader for Gore's commercial high data rate cabling products. "Through our
collaboration with Quellan, we will continue to deliver an innovative family
of products that offer a low risk approach for minimizing cable bundle size
and power consumption, while bridging the reach gap for massively clustered
HPC systems for generations to come."
    "While data center power efficiency has been improved dramatically with
mulitcore processing and open standards, the cabling that connects tens of
thousands of servers has not kept pace and current cable technology will soon
overwhelm the space available," said Tony Stelliga, Quellan Chairman and CEO.
"This alliance with Gore -- one of the industry's most respected providers of
high performance cabling -- is to deliver "Active Cabling" where our embedded
silicon enables ultra thin, lightweight, low power interconnects that remove
this interconnect bottleneck."
    Quellan specializes in analog components that improve the performance and
functionality of electronic equipment by removing channel impairments and
noise. Quellan serves the Enterprise, Telecom, Broadcast, Automotive and
Consumer Electronics markets. Privately held, Quellan's investors include
Menlo Ventures, Cordova Ventures, Yamacraw Seed Capital Fund, Samsung
Ventures, Glynn Capital Management LLC, Venture Tech Alliance, JAFCO Ventures,
Harbinger Capital and W.L. Gore and Associates. For more information, please
contact Quellan at 408-774-0084 or http://www.quellan.com.
    Founded in 1958, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. has parlayed its unique
technical capabilities into hundreds of diverse products and is world-renowned
for its expertise in configuring the remarkably versatile polymer PTFE. This
has resulted in numerous products for electronic signal transmission; fabric
laminates; medical implants; as well as membrane, filtration, sealant, and
fiber technologies for diverse industries. With nearly $2 billion in sales,
the company is headquartered in Delaware in the US and employs approximately
7,000 associates at 45 facilities throughout the world. Gore is one of only
five companies included in every selection of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best
Companies to Work For" since the list began in 1984. Gore has also been cited
among the "Best Places to Work" in Germany, Italy and Scotland. For further
information, please visit http://www.gore.com.

For further information:

For further information: Melissa Kallos of Quellan Incorporated, 
+1-408-774-0084, Melissa@quellan.com Web Site: http://www.quellan.com        

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