Intel is acquiring Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to the approval of Fulcrum Microsystems shareholders, regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011. Fulcrum Microsystems is a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers. It is based in Calabasas, California.
Fulcrum Microsystems’ switch silicon complements Intel’s processors and Ethernet controllers. Their products help improve the delivery of cloud services. Cloud computing is driving the convergence of server, storage and network technologies and solutions based around Intel Xeon processor solutions. IP Data Center need faster and more flexible networking solutions. The acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems is an important component in Intel’s strategy to deliver comprehensive data center building blocks, from server processors and technologies to storage and networking.
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 fast network speeds.