Cisco buys Leaba Semiconductor for $350-400m


The Israeli startup provides innovative solutions for major infrastructure challenges.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has reportedly acquired Israeli company Leaba Semiconductor for $350-$400 million.

Very few details are known about the Caesarea-based company, which was established in 2014, and operates in stealth mode. Its website says that "Leaba is a fabless semiconductor company providing innovative solutions for significant infrastructure challenges. Leaba is backed by blue-chip investors and led by seasoned entrepreneurs and prominent technology experts. Leaba is assembling one of the best teams of engineering."

The company was founded as Arena Semiconductor by CEO Eyal Dagan and CTO Ofer Eini who set up and sold Dune Networks to Broadcom in 2009 for $200 million. The pair received $50 million from that deal.

Investors in Leaba reportedly include Pitango Venture Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners, which hold 13% and 15% respectively, while Dagan and Eini hold only a 2% stake each. 53% of the company is held in trust and it is not clear who holds these shares.

This is Cisco's 12th acquisition in Israel, the most recent one being that of Ra'anana-based self optimization network software company Intucell for $475 million in 2013.

Cisco said, "Cisco is continually examining the best options that will allow it to provide future needs for the market, including, companies related to semiconductors. We check various strategic options including: acquisitions, partnerships and integrations. When there is any news, we will report it in the acceptable fashion.

No comment was available from Leaba Semiconductor.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on March 2, 2016

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