Intel acquires Killer Ethernet maker Rivet Networks for Wi-Fi development

Intel made an announcement of its acquisition of the company ‘Rivet Networks’ which has ‘Killer’ aimed specifically towards Wi-Fi. The chipmaking giant made this purchase for an undisclosed sum to expand its Wi-Fi portfolio.

The company said that in today’s homes there is an average of 11 Wi-Fi enables devices. Comcast reported over 283% increase in Wi-FI devices for video calls and conferencing, Charter Communications reported over 90% of traffic via Wi-Fi devices. Intel has been working on Wi-Fi technology for more than twenty years. The addition of Rivet Technologies solidifies that commitment.

Intel does have its own family of WiFi and Ethernet products- controllers and WiFi+ Bluetooth M.2 modules. But the expertise, products and technologies Rivet Networks have given an advantage towards its development. The companies are not stranger to eachother as both have developed products such as the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 module. In size, Rivet Technologies is a small company of fewer than two people. It will be conducting interoperability testing with Cisco, Aruba, Broadcom, Qualcomm and Microsoft.

With a combination of Intel’s resources and Rivet’s expertise, you can see how Intel will benefit from this. However, Intel will be keeping the ‘Killer’ branding alive.

With Rivet Networks under its wing, it will make products to push Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 AX) and Project Athena which collaborates with notebook partners to make seamless portable PC experience.

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