Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Intel announced it signed a definitive agreement to
acquire Fulcrum Microsystems a privately held fabless semiconductor company
that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers.

Intel is transforming from a leading server technology
company to a comprehensive data center provider that offers computing, storage
and networking building blocks,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general
manager, Data Center Group, Intel.

Fulcrum Microsystems’ switch silicon, already recognized
for high performance and low latency, complements Intel’s leading processors
and Ethernet controllers, and will deliver our customers new levels of
performance and energy efficiency while improving their economics of cloud
service delivery,” Skaugen added.

10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networks are one of the
fastest-growing market segments in the data center today. As demand for data
continues to increase, there is a growing need for high-performance,
low-latency network switches to support evolving cloud architectures and the
growth of converged networks in the enterprise.

Fulcrum Microsystems designs integrated, standards-based
10GbE and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) switch silicon that have low latency and
workload balancing capabilities while helping provide superior network speeds.

Cloud computing is driving the convergence of server,
storage and network technologies and solutions based around Intel® Xeon
processor solutions. IP Data Center customers need faster and more flexible
networking solutions.

The acquisition will fulfill an important component in
Intel’s strategy to deliver comprehensive data center building blocks, from
server processors and technologies to storage and networking.

Customers in Web, financial services, technical and
high-performance computing market segments appreciate the performance
advantages Arista offers with our Extensible Operating System combined with
switches based on Fulcrum Microsystems silicon,” said Andy Bechtolsheim,
founder, chief development officer and chairman of Arista Networks.

Fulcrum Microsystems has architecture capabilities ideal
for low-latency applications, and we are excited about the future possibilities
of this technology as Fulcrum is acquired by Intel, the world’s largest
semiconductor manufacturer,” Bechtolsheim added.

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