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Intel just acquired the company that makes Killer networking products

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Killer Wireless logo (Image credit: Rivet Networks)

What you need to know

  • Intel announced the acquisition of Rivet Networks today.
  • Rivet Networks is the company behind the "Killer" brand of networking cards and products.
  • The Killer brand and Rivets networking products will be integrated into Intel's Wi-Fi portfolio.

Intel gave its networking prowess a boost today with the acquisition of Rivet Networks, the company behind the gaming-centric Killer brand of networking interfaces and products. With the acquisition, Intel says it will integrate Rivet Networks' networking portfolio, including the Killer brand, with its own Wi-Fi portfolio.

"Rivet Networks is a terrific complement to our existing Wi-Fi products and helps us further our vision of delivering PC platforms that power every person's greatest contribution," Intel CVP Chris Walker said in a post announcing the acquisition. "Rivet Networks' products deliver speed, intelligence and control for gamers and performance users."

This is the latest push in a relationship between Intel and Rivet Networks that has only been growing closer in recent years. In April, the two companies announced that they were teaming up to bring Killer's Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 card to PCs. We've already seen that partnership bear fruit with the card popping up in some of the latest PCs from Dell and others.

As part of the acquisition, Intel says that the Rivet Networks team will join Intel's Wireless Solutions Group. Further, the Killer brand and the rest of Rivet's "key products" will join Intel's Wi-Fi portfolio. As for Rivet Networks' software solutions, Intel says it will license software out to other companies and "develop new solutions for broader PC connectivity enhancement."

The acquisition should prove to be a boost to Intel's own networking chops, especially with Rivet Networks' experience in building tools to optimize network connections. However, it could also be a potential blow to AMD depending on how tight of a grip Intel keeps on Killer's networking tech.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • Just make 10gbe as standard already.
  • 10Gbe hasn't really happened because of power requirements. Few WiFi or internet connections are fast enough to take advantage, leaving it's only benefit as ethernet LAN's which are themselves uncommon. For myself I just use port bonding to build a 2Gbps backplane in my house between my NAS and the two switches, and everything else connects at 1Gbps.
  • Ah... that's just great..../s we need more competition not less T_T.