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Intel Buys NetEffect

Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) on Wednesday said it has acquired NetEffect Inc. , a maker of Ethernet products and technologies for server computing clusters, for $8 million in cash.

In buying NetEffect, Intel gets the company's products incorporating iWarp, an Ethernet alternative to InifiniBand, which is a switched fabric communications link used mostly in high-performance computing. NetEffect's product portfolio includes 1-Gb and 10-Gb Ethernet adapters for servers and blade configurations, as well as 10-GbE application-specific integrated circuits.

Intel said NetEffect's technology complements the chipmaker's portfolio of 10-GbE server adapters, which include single- and dual-port versions for copper and fiber implementations.
"The combination of Intel and NetEffect technology will allow Intel to address our customers' most important 10 Gigabit Ethernet needs, including server virtualization, convergence of network and storage traffic, and server compute clusters," Tom Swinford, general manager of Intel's LAN Access Division, said in a statement.

NetEffect was founded in 1998 as Banderacom, which focused on InfiniBand adapters and 16-port IB switches. The Austin, Texas, company became NetEffect in 2004 and currently has 30 employees, primarily engineers. NetEffect workers will continue to be based in Austin.

The area of focus for Intel's 10-GbE technology is server virtualization