Following closely on its June launch of the 'first-ever' fully user-programmable switching chips, Barefoot Networks announced an additional investment of $23 million, led by Chinese internet giants, Alibaba and Tencent.
The investment is part of the company’s Series C round, bringing total Series C investment to $80 million. The company which was founded in 2013 but emerged from stealth earlier this year, has raised a total of more than $150 million.
Barefoot said its Tofino chip is on track for delivery to customers at the end of Q4, 2016. Systems built using Tofino will enable Barefoot customers and partners to specify the desired packet processing behavior in the devices on their networks – down to the packets flowing on the wire.
Silicon Valley-based Barefoot claims to be the first to launch such a product which processes data at 6.5 terabits/second, is also the fastest switching chip ever built.