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Founded 📆2006; 18 years ago (2006) in Netanya, Israel
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  • Michael Laor
  • Michael Mesh
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Exaware, originally known as Compass-EOS,[1] is one of the largest Israeli startups. It operates in the computer hardware space, specializing in photoelectric computer chips targeted towards large-scale communications-infrastructure providers.

Products and Services[edit]

Compass-EOS produces high-speed routers with a heavy research and development focus. They launched the 10004 router in March 2013; this was their first router to use integrated chips combining photonic and electronic components. The chip had a reported data processing rate of 1.34 Tbps, a very high rate. [2][3] By combining both sorts of signalling, silicon photonic chips simplify signal router system footprints and heat dissipation, thereby allowing more compact datacenters and higher data rates.[4] These routers are largely targeted towards large-scale utilities as networking infrastructure companies. They are targeted towards reduced space usage, reduced energy profiles, and better scaling.

Major competitors in this product space include Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, and Cisco.[2]


Compass-EOS was founded by Michael Laor (president) and Michael Mesh (chief science officer) in 2006[1][5]. Laor branched off from Cisco after eleven years of work there. Mesh had previously worked at PacketLight Networks as chief technology officer.[5]

By March 2013, Compass-EOS had grown to 150 employees and had secured around $120 million in venture funding. [5] In that year, the company entered another funding round with stakeholders including Comcast Ventures and Cisco. Other investors include Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners, and Marker LLC. Total funding for the round totalled $42 million, bringing total funding to $160 million. The company reported a staff reduction to 100 following the funding round. [2]

Major early customers as of 2013 included large communications networks such as NTT Communications, a Japanese telecommunications company, and large research groups like CERNET, China's nationwide education and research communication network.[2]

In 2016, Compass-EOS had its Series G funding round and was renamed Exaware. By 2017, Compass-EOS had acquired at least $174 million in funding.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Top-10 Biggest Startups in Israel by Funding". Nanalyze. Valice. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Baumgartner, Jeff (18 November 2013). "Comcast V.C., Cisco Splash More Cash On Routing Startup". MultiChannel. Future Publishing Limited Quay House. Retrieved 25 November 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Malik, Om (19 November 2013). "Compass-EOS, gets another $42M to rethink routers". Gigoam. Retrieved 25 November 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Analui, Behnam; Guckenberger, Drew; Kucharski, Daniel; Narasimha, Adithyaram (2006). "A Fully Integrated 20-Gb/s Optoelectronic Transceiver Implemented in a Standard 0.13- μm CMOS SOI Technology". IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 41 (12): 2945–2955. Bibcode:2006IJSSC..41.2945A. doi:10.1109/JSSC.2006.884388.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Takahashi, Dean (12 March 2013). "After six years of planning, Compass-EOS takes on Cisco to make blazing-fast routers". VentureBeat. Retrieved 25 November 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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