Looking to boost its Ethernet offerings, Intel yesterday acquired network connectivity specialist NetEffect for $8-million.

"NetEffect's role as a data communications solution provider and the company's technology will enhance Intel's current Ethernet efforts," says Tom Swinford, GM of Intel's 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."
The $8-million pricetag is for all of NetEffect's assets, including its Ethernet product portfolio, intellectual property and technology. Thirty staff will also be absorbed. NetEffect was a provider of solutions incorporating iWARP, an Ethernet alternative to InfiniBand. The company's product portfolio includes 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) adapters for servers and blade configurations, as well as 10 GbE Application Specific Integrated Circuits (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.