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Intel buys Ethernet solutions specialist

Posted: 20 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition  network connectivity  Ethernet  10GbE 

Intel Corp. has acquired the assets of NetEffect Inc., a network connectivity solutions company specialising in Ethernet products and technologies for server compute clusters.

"NetEffect's role as a data communications solution provider and the company's technology will enhance Intel's current Ethernet efforts," said Tom Swinford, general manager, Intel LAN Access Division. "The combination of Intel and NetEffect technology will allow Intel to address our customers' most important 10 Gigabit Ethernet needs, including server virtualisation, convergence of network and storage traffic, and server compute clusters."

Intel purchased NetEffect's assets for Rs.34.41 crore ($8 million), which include the company's Ethernet product portfolio, intellectual property and technology. NetEffect was a provider of solutions incorporating iWARP, an Ethernet alternative to InfiniBand. NetEffect's product portfolio includes 1Gb and 10GbE adapters for servers and blade configurations as well as 10GbE ASICs.

Designed for multi-core processor-based servers and optimised for virtualisation, Intel's current portfolio of 10GbE server adapters includes single and dual port versions for both copper and fibre implementations. The NetEffect acquisition provides complementary High Performance Network Interface Card (NIC) products to Intel's Ethernet portfolio.

Thirty employees, primarily engineers, have joined the Intel team from NetEffect and will continue to be based in Austin, Texas.

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