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Mellanox Technologies Ltd.
Public
Traded as NASDAQMLNX
Industry Communication equipment
Founded 1999; 19 years ago (1999)
Founder Eyal Waldman, Shai Cohen, Roni Ashuri, Michel Kagan, Evelyn Landman, Shimon Rottenberg, Eitan Zahavi, Udi Katz, Alon Webman
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, U.S.[1][2]
Key people
Eyal Waldman, CEO
Products Ethernet and InfiniBand switches
host bus adapters
Revenue

Increase US$658,1 Million (FY15)[3]

Increase US$463.6 Million (FY14)[4]
Increase US$118.31 Million (FY12)
Increase US$111.38 Million (FY12)
Number of employees
2900 (March 2017)
Website www.mellanox.com
Mellanox Headquarters in Yokneam Illit

Mellanox Technologies is a multinational supplier of computer networking products using InfiniBand and Ethernet technology. Mellanox offers adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon for markets including company data centers, cloud computing, computer data storage and financial services.[citation needed]

History[edit]

1999–2009[edit]

Mellanox was founded in 1999 by former executives of Intel Corporation and Galileo Technology (which was acquired by Marvell Technology Group in October 2000 for $2.8 billion[5]) Eyal Waldman, Shai Cohen, Roni Ashuri, Michael Kagan, Evelyn Landman, Eitan Zahavi, Shimon Rottemberg, Udi Katz and Alon Webman.[4] Eyal Waldman founded Mellanox in the Israel city of Yokne'am.[6] Initially founded as an integrated circuit (chip) manufacturer, it evolved into a producer of complete end-to-end systems by 2009.[7] The company raised over $89 million in 3 financing rounds of venture capital.[when?][8][9]

The company went public in 2007, with an initial public offering on NASDAQ that raised $102 million, and valued the company at over half a billion dollars.[10] Created in 2009, Mellanox's investment fund was publicly launched in 2014.[11]

2010–present[edit]

In 2010, Oracle Corporation became a major investor in the company, holding around 10% of its stock.[8] Oracle uses InfiniBand technology in its Exadata and Exalogic appliances.[12] Stock shares were also listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, until 2013 when the company de-listed itself, but remained on NASDAQ.[13]

In February 2011, Mellanox acquired Voltaire Ltd., a provider of data center switches for about $218 million.[14][15]

In 2016, Mellanox Technologies began to employ programmers in the Gaza Strip, in addition to its team of Israeli Arab programmers and programmers in Ramallah and Nablus.[16] In 2016, Mellanox had revenues of $857 million.[6] In December 2017, Mellanox announced it would start a new startup accelerator.[11] Over 2017, shares in the company rose by 55 percent. That year, the company also made its largest acquisition with EZchip.[6]

Boardroom in 2018[edit]

The activist investor Starboard Value LP purchased a 10.7% stake in the company in November 2017.[17] After acquiring 10.7% , Starboard wrote a letter to the company stating that Starboard attributed the company's "underperformance compared to other semiconductor companies" to "a pattern of weak execution that has included both excessive spending and missed growth opportunities." The letter called for "substantial change."[18][19] The day after, on January 9, 2018,[20] Mellanox announced it would immediately discontinue its 1550 nm silicon photonics development activities, with president and CEO Eyal Waldman saying the review of the silicon photonics business had started in May 2017.[21] Mellanox also said it would fire 100 people, all in the US. At the time, the company employed 2,900 people, mostly in Israel.[20]

In a "board battle,"[22] in January 2018, Mellanox sent a letter to shareholders asking them to entirely replace the board of directors.[23] On January 17, 2018, it was announced that Starboard was aiming to remove the entire board at Mellanox Technologies. At the time, Mellanox had a $3.3 billion market value.[17] Starboard said it would nominate nine candidates for election to the company's board, including Starboard head Jeffrey Smith.[24]

Acquisitions[edit]

In 2013 Mellanox acquired certain assets of XLoom Communications Ltd., including opto-electric chip-scale packaging, as well as hired XLoom's technology personnel.[citation needed] In July 2013, Mellanox acquired privately held Kotura, Inc., a developer of silicon photonics optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking.[25] In July 2013, Mellanox acquired privately held IPtronics A/S, a designer of optical interconnect components for digital communications.[26]

In July 2014, Mellanox acquired privately held Integrity Project, for its software connectivity, low-level development, real-time applications and security technology.[27] In February 2016, Mellanox acquired publicly held EZchip Semiconductor, a provider of network processors and multi-core processors from EZchip's earlier acquisition of Tilera.[citation needed]

Manufacturing[edit]

Mellanox is a fabless semiconductor company.[28] The current generation of its chips are produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.[29]

Products and market[edit]

Mellanox Technologies provides InfiniBand and Ethernet switches for servers and storage used in enterprise data centers[30] and also makes its own integrated circuits to support the InfiniBand protocol.[15] Mellanox offers interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon for a range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services.[citation needed]

In 2010, a press release from Oracle described Mellanox as "the premier switched fabric provider for enterprise data centers and high performance computing". According to the same press release, Mellanox's InfiniBand technology is faster, more scalable and provides higher throughput than alternative communications technologies.[31] Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, promoted Mellanox’s main technology, InfiniBand.[7]

  • SwitchX is a multi-protocol ASIC that handles both InfiniBand and Ethernet traffic.[29] It builds on the older 90 nanometer architecture of ConnectX technology, originally developed by Mellanox to support both Ethernet and Infiniband on one chip.[10] SwitchX is the fifth generation, using a 40 nanometer process with 1.4 billion transistors on a 45mm by 45mm chip.[29]
  • ConnectX-3 is a 10/40GbE adapter for VMware ESXi 5.0 that provides virtual protocol interconnect, meaning it can run 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40Gb Ethernet, or Infiniband at up to 56Gb per second from the same card.[30] ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-5 adapters have enhanced capabilities.[32][33] The ConnectX architecture has been described as "novel", with excellent performance that is "very well suited for modern multi-core platforms."[34]

High-performance computing[edit]

Mellanox Technologies' InfiniBand products for computer clusters have been deployed in many of the TOP500 list of high-performance computers.[35] They provide high performance and some include a TCP offload engine.[citation needed]

Storage[edit]

Mellanox also promotes its products for storage area networks.[citation needed]

Customers[edit]

As of 2011 Mellanox derived more than a quarter of its revenues from two large customers, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.[36] Intel Corporation accounts for over 2% of revenues.[37] As of June 2011, Oracle owns 10% of Mellanox and is also a major customer.[38] Other customers include Chevron, Viacom, JPMorgan, Comcast and Airbus.[39]

Hiring practices[edit]

Mellanox outsourced some of its engineering to the West Bank. Rather than setting up offshore engineering centers in the Far East or Eastern Europe, Mellanox hired Palestinian engineers from Ramallah through a Palestinian outsourcing firm.[40] In 2018, Waldman told a Tel Aviv conference hosted by Globes magazine that over 100 Palestinians are working on Mellanox projects.[41]

Waldman had previously talked about Mellanox's plans to build a research and development center in Ramallah, even though it is more expensive than outsourcing to Eastern Europe.[42]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In November 2012, Mellanox was named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500 Rankings.[43]
  • In November 2012, Mellanox was awarded - 'Readers’ Choice: Best HPC Interconnect Product or Technology' from HPCwire[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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