Intel announced it has acquired Rivet Networks for an undisclosed sum and will integrate the company’s Killer brand into its own wireless portfolio. In addition, Intel plans to license out the software powering the Killer product line to other companies, though I’m more intrigued by what kinds of networking hardware and software Intel will ultimately build out of this acquisition.

Rivet Networks is an evolution of Bigfoot Networks, which introduced the Killer NIC (network interface card) over a decade ago. Aimed at gamers, the Killer NIC plugged into a PCI Express slot to offload networking chores, with the promise of lowering ping and lag and improving gaming performance. And it did, as our friends at Anandtech noted at the time, though it came at a hefty cost—a whopping $280 at launch, which dropped to $250 shortly after.

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