NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox by the company was aimed at developing high-speed network interfaces in the server segment, while Intel relied on high-speed Wi-Fi for domestic use by purchasing the assets of Rivet Networks, which developed and manufactures network controllers of the Killer family.
How much Intel will cost the new acquisition will not be specified, but the Killer network development team will enter the staffing of the Wireless Solutions Group. Intel will get rights to Rivet Networks developments related to both wired and wireless network interfaces, but new business owners will be able to provide specific software to third-party companies under licensing conditions. At the same time, it is not specified whether manufacturers of gaming laptops, for example, can create solutions based on Killer series network controllers and AMD Ryzen processors.
The emphasis in the use of Rivet Networks products will be placed on accelerating the Wi-Fi interface, especially in gaming tasks and in video streaming. The first products, the release of which will be possible as a result of this transaction, will appear in the Intel product range this year. Most likely, Wi-Fi acceleration technologies will focus on the needs of computer game lovers. Already now Intel receives from the sale of components for laptops twice as much as from desktops. Gaming laptops are the most profitable product category, and a new factor in attracting customers in the form of a fast wireless interface will help strengthen Intel’s position in the segment.
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