Silicon Valley technology major Intel Corporation has lately announced its acquisition of Killer Networking parent Rivet Networks. The deal is said to be beneficial for Intel for effective optimization and monitoring of Ethernet traffic. Together, Intel Corporation and Rivet Networks have already been working on the manufacture of gigabit Ethernet network silicon, Wi-Fi 6 add-in cards as well as CNVi CRF laptop modules.
Rivet Networks originally came up with an FPGA and a heavy K heatsink to provide lower PC-to-Internet latencies. Eventually, the FPGA became its own ASIC and gigabit Ethernet controller, and enabled the company to detect and shape its networking traffic. This technology provided lowest latency for downloads and streaming but allowing high priority traffic to pass.
Rivet Networks was initially launched as BigFoot Networks and entered the market in 2006with Killer NIC. Rivet had been acquired by Qualcomm Atheros in 2011, giving it an access to Qualcomm’s ASIC building capacities which greatly improved the capabilities of Rivet’s hardware and software.
While at work with Qualcomm Atheros, Rivet Networks had partnered with Intel and Realtek to work on various parts offering both a standard version and a killer version with improved network detection and shaping capabilities. This greatly enhanced the company’s efficiency in hardware and attracted customers including Dell, MSI, GIGABYTE and other OEMs.
It had also designed a special app detection algorithm, SmartByte, for Dell’s Business Machines for its end-users and business customers. All these technologies will now form part of Intel Corporation’s technological services.
Eric McLaughlin, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Group at Intel, has expressed the company’s interest to integrate with technologies provided by Rivet Networks. As per sources, Mike Cabbage, the CEO of Rivet Networks, will now be the Senior Director of Connectivity Innovations at Intel.
Sources claim that talks for the acquisition had started at the end of last year. However, the value of the acquisition has not been disclosed either by Intel or Rivet.