Intel buys Sydney startup for $21.5m

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Intel buys Sydney startup for $21.5m

Matt Barrie's Sensory Networks.

Intel has bought Australian security startup Sensory Networks for $21.5 million.

Sensory Networks sold its 200Gbps pattern matching technology to network equipment vendors and counted LG and Intel's McAfee as customers.

The company was founded in 2003 by Matt Barrie and engineers Geoff Langdale, Darren Williams, Nicholas de Jong, and ANU machine learning professor Stephen Gould.

It turned its focus from hardware to software in 2009 and offers regex pattern matching solutions HyperScan and Chimera that work with intrusion detection, anti-malware and deep packet inspection systems.

Barrie founded Freelancer.com with three of the Sensory Networks founders. He left Sensory Networks as a director but remains a shareholder.

"It is a great outcome for the team," Barrie told iTnews sister site SC. "With Intel behind us, it will help us get into the tier one space ... it is something you need when you try to sell to Cisco."

He said the "bleeding edge" technology competed with the likes of New Zealand's Endace.

The company headquarters will be located at its research and development facility in Sydney.

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