24 Apr 2012 Seattle - Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development programme and related intellectual property to Intel Corporation for $140 million in cash.
"This agreement is evidence of the leadership position we've established in high performance computing, and is an exciting win for our customers, our company and our shareholders", stated Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "By broadening our relationship with Intel, we are positioned to further penetrate the HPC market and expand on our industry-leading technologies in support of our Adaptive Supercomputing vision. Our product roadmap remains intact as we continue to build the highly differentiated, tightly integrated supercomputers that our customers have come to expect from Cray. This agreement also dramatically strengthens our balance sheet and increases our options for further growth, profitability and creating shareholder value."
Highlights of the agreement include:
Cray anticipates that the lower headcount resulting from this transaction will yield cost savings in future periods from what they would have been, with a relatively modest amount of the benefit expected in 2012.