Mellanox Technologies

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Mellanox Technologies Ltd.
Industry Communication Equipment
Founded 1999 (1999)
Founder Eyal Waldman
Roni Ashuri
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California and Yokne'am, Israel[1]
Key people
Eyal Waldman, CEO
Products InfiniBand switches
Ethernet and InfiniBand host bus adapters
Revenue Increase US$463.6 Million (FY14)[2]
Increase US$118.31 Million (FY12)
Increase US$111.38 Million (FY12)
Number of employees
1818 (March 2015)
Mellanox Technologies' building in Yokneam

Mellanox Technologies is a provider of Ethernet and InfiniBand computer network switches and host bus adapters, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel.

Company overview[edit]

Mellanox Technologies provides InfiniBand and Ethernet switches for servers and storage used in enterprise data centers[3] and also makes its own integrated circuits to support the InfiniBand protocol.[4] 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.

The company is listed on NASDAQ.

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Corporate history[edit]

Mellanox was founded in 1999 by former executives of Galileo Technology (which was acquired by Marvell Technology Group in October 2000 for $2.8bn[5]) Eyal Waldman and Roni Ashuri.[2] Initially founded as a integrated circuit (chip) manufacturer, it evolved into a producer of complete end-to-end systems by 2009.[6] The company raised over $89 million in 3 financing rounds of venture capital. Investors included Raza Venture Management, Sequoia Capital, US Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Banc of America Securities, China Development Investment Bank, Gemini Israel Funds, Jerusalem Global Ventures, and Walden Israel Venture Capital. Strategic investors included Dell, IBM, JNI, Quanta Computer, Vitesse Semiconductor and Sun Microsystems.[7][8]

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.[9] Since 2010, Oracle Corporation has been a major investor in the company, holding around 10% of its stock.[7] Oracle stated it has no plans to acquire Mellanox, but uses its InfiniBand technology in its Exadata and Exalogic appliances.[10]

On 2010, Mellanox acquired networking competitor Voltaire for $218m.[4][11]

On August 15, 2013, Mellanox announced that it closed its acquisition of Kotura, a maker of integrated photonic chips, for $82 million in cash, and that Kotura’s Monterey Park, California, headquarters would serve as Mellanox’s first R&D center in the United States. [12]

On June 4, 2013, Mellanox announced it acquired IPtronics at a total cash purchase price of approximately $47.5 million, subject to certain adjustments.[13]


Mellanox is a fabless semiconductor company.[14] The current generation of its chips are produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.[15]


In 2010, Reuters described Mellanox as "the premier switched fabric provider for enterprise data centers and high performance computing". According to the same article, Mellanox's InfiniBand technology is faster, more scalable and provides higher throughput than alternative communications technologies.[16] Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, described Mellanox’s main technology, InfiniBand, as "by far the fastest and most efficient switch fabric for running enterprise data centers."[6]

  • SwitchX is a multi-protocol ASIC that handles both InfinBand and Ethernet traffic.[15] It builds on the older 90 nanometer architecture of ConnectX technology, originally developed by Mellanox to support both Ethernet and Infiniband on one chip.[9] SwitchX is the fifth generation, using a 40 nanometer process with 1.4 billion transistors on a 45mm by 45mm chip.[15]
  • 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.[3] The ConnectX architecture has been described as "novel", with excellent performance that is "very well suited for modern multi-core platforms"[17]

High-performance computing[edit]

Mellanox Technologies' InfiniBand products for computer clusters have been deployed in many of the TOP500 list of high-performance computers.[18] Mellanox interconnect solutions provide low-latency, high-bandwidth, high message rate, transport offload for extremely low CPU overhead, remote direct memory access (RDMA) and advanced communications offloads.[citation needed] They are used in large-scale simulations, replacing proprietary or low-performance solutions. Mellanox's scalable HPC interconnect solutions are considered precursors to exascale computing through scalability, efficiency and performance.[citation needed] Mellanox scalable HPC solutions are certified for a large variety of market segments, clustering topologies and environments (Linux, Windows).[citation needed] Mellanox is an active member of the HPC Advisory Council and is contributing to high-performance computing outreach and education around the world.


Mellanox Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) and Storage Acceleration (VSA) storage products improve storage infrastructure performance with lower costs and complexity compared to traditional storage networks. This results in better server utilization, increased application performance, reduced back up times, increased data center simplicity and consolidation, lower power consumption and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).[citation needed]


As of 2011 Mellanox derived more than a quarter of its revenues from two large customers, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.[19] Intel Corporation accounts for over 2% of revenues.[20] As of June 2011, Oracle owns 10% of Mellanox and is also a major customer.[21] Other customers include Chevron, Viacom, JPMorgan, Comcast and Airbus.[22]

Hiring practices[edit]

Mellanox is one of a few Israeli high-tech firms that have outsourced some of its engineering to the adjacent West Bank. Rather than setting up offshore engineering centers in traditional places such as the Far East or Eastern Europe, Mellanox instead hired five Palestinian engineers from Ramallah through a Palestinian outsourcing firm.[23] Waldman supports boosting political stability in the region, and has stated Mellanox will move forward with plans to build a research and development center in Ramallah even though it is more expensive than outsourcing to Eastern Europe.[24]


  • November 30, 2012 – Mellanox Named HPC Adapters Innovation Leader by IT Brand Pulse
  • November 14, 2012 – Mellanox Technologies named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500 Rankings.[25]
  • November 13, 2012 – Mellanox Awarded - 'Readers’ Choice: Best HPC Interconnect Product or Technology' from HPCwire [26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mellanox office locations". Mellanox Technologies. 
  2. ^ a b "Corporate Overview" (PDF). Mellanox Technologies. 2015. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  3. ^ a b Amodio, Michelle (October 6, 2011). "On the Road with Mellanox Technologies". TMCnet. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b Morgan, Timothy Prickett (November 29, 2010). "Mellanox gobbles up Voltaire for $218m". The Register. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Marvell to acquire LAN-chip supplier Galileo for $2.7 billion in stock". eetimes. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  6. ^ a b Ackerman, Gwen (January 5, 2011). "Mellanox CEO Sees Sales Rising 10-Fold With Voltaire". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  7. ^ a b Tsipori, Tali (September 25, 2011). "Oracle acquires $11m more Mellanox shares". Globes. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  8. ^ Kovar, Joseph F. (February 11, 2002). "VC Money Continues To Drain Into InfiniBand: Mellanox Secures $56M". CRN. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  9. ^ a b Walko, John (February 8, 2007). "Mellanox raises $102 million with IPO on Nasdaq". EE Times. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  10. ^ Bagh, Carl (October 29, 2010). "Oracle buys 10 pct stake in Mellanox, will Dell, HP, IBM follow suit?". International Business Times. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  11. ^ Stynes, Tess (November 30, 2010). "Mellanox Agrees to Acquire Voltaire". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ "Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. Completes Acquisition of Kotura, Inc.". August 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  13. ^ "Mellanox Technologies Ltd. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire IPtronics A/S". NASDAQ. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Web-chip fabless Mellanox poised to raise $50m at company value of $250m". TheMarker. October 30, 2001. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  15. ^ a b c Morgan, Timothy Prickett (April 26, 2011). "Mellanox uncloaks SwitchX network switch-hitter". The Register. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  16. ^ "Oracle Corporation Makes Strategic Investment In Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.". Reuters. October 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  17. ^ Sur, Sayantan; Koop, Matthew J.; Lei; Panda, Dhabaleswar K. (2007). "Performance Analysis and Evaluation of Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand Architecture with Multi-Core Platforms". hoti (15th Annual IEEE Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects (HOTI 2007)): 125–134. CiteSeerX: 
  18. ^ "Mellanox Accelerates Half of the World’s Petaflop Systems; Delivers Scalable Networking for Next Generation Supercomputers". Bloomberg. June 27, 2011. 
  19. ^ Harif, Tal Barak (August 30, 2011). "Mellanox Buffered by Orders as Economy Flags: Israel Overnight". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  20. ^ "Mellanox Falls on Downgrade". Bloomberg. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  21. ^ "Is Mellanox Oracle’s Networking B*tch?". SiliconAngle. June 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  22. ^ "Corporate and Financial Update" (PDF). Mellanox Technologies. June 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  23. ^ Heruti-Sover, Tali (November 7, 2010). "High-tech company aims to be first Israeli firm to hire Palestinian engineers". Haaretz. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  24. ^ Mitnick, Joshua (April 22, 2011). "Tech diplomacy: Israeli CEO hires Palestinian programmers". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  25. ^ "Mellanox Technologies Ranked Number 364 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500™". Mellanox. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Mellanox Wins Five HPCwire 2012 Readers' and Editors’ Choice Awards". Mellanox. Retrieved Nov 13, 2012. 

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