Intel said Wednesday that it has acquired Rivet Networks, and will integrate the companyâ€™s Killer Networking line of Wi-Fi networking products into its own wireless portfolio.
Intel didnâ€™t disclose the purchase price, nor how soon the Killer portfolio of ethernet controllers, wireless chips, and management software would become part of Intelâ€™s product lineup. Intel did say that Rivet would become part of the Wireless Solutions Group within Intelâ€™s Client Computing Group, and that Intel will continue to license its Killer software to customers.
The acquisition does expand the conversation around Intelâ€™s CPUs to the level of an entire platform. Though Intelâ€™s Core i9-10900K may be the worldâ€™s fastest desktop gaming CPU at the moment, Intel is facing intense pressure from AMD in both the desktop and especially the mobile marketsâ€”the AMDÂ Ryzen 7 4700U notebook CPU outperforms Intelâ€™s H-series gaming chips. Historically, Intelâ€™s reaction has been to emphasize other aspects of the platform, and the Rivet acquisition helps achieve that.