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Ample raises $21 million

Chipmaker Ample Communications announced Monday that it raised $21 million in a second round of funding led by CenterPoint Ventures and Rho Ventures. Former investors such as InterWest Partners, Storm Ventures and company founders also participated in the recent financing. The Fremont Calif.-based company raised $17 million in a first round in September 2000.

Ample makes chips for telecommunications equipment. It used the proceeds from its first round to distribute samples of its products to gear makers earlier this year. The company said some equipment makers are now using its chips in their gear on a commercial basis.