Intel Strengthens Data Centre Presence through Fulcrum Acquisition

Chip giant Intel has decided to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems, fabless semiconductor company which makes Ethernet switches for data centres.

Fulcrum Microsystems makes 10GbE and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) switches that come with low latency and workload balance and delivering super-fast speeds at the same time.

The company, which was founded in 1999 by former PhD students at California Institute of Technology, offers its flagship FocalPoint switches which are based on Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).

Intel said that the acquisition will allow it to offer all-in-one data centre solutions from server processors to storage solutions. Analysts believe that the switches will help boost the sale of Intel’s server and allow it to firmly plant its foot in the data centre market.

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

“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.” he added.