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Fulcrum Microsystems—Levering Up Intel's Cloud Ambitions

Fulcrum Microsystems—Levering Up Intel's Cloud Ambitions

Intel continues to invest in cloud technology, acquiring Fulcrum Microsystems, a privately held fabless Ethernet semiconductor company and the developers of integrated, standards-based 10- and 40-gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch silicon that deliver low latency, workload-balancing capabilities, and faster networks.

Fulcrum's silicon complements Intel® processors and Ethernet controllers for enhanced solution performance, energy efficiency, and service delivery. Ten GbE networks are one of the IT industry’s fastest-growing data center market segments, and they can be used to support evolving cloud architectures and converged enterprise networks.

Intel® Xeon® processor-based CPUs already play critical roles in the vast majority of cloud and hyperscale computing infrastructures and are critically important to cloud service providers of every sort. This acquisition enables Intel to deliver a broad portfolio of highly integrated, optimized, end-to-end cloud silicon solutions that provide server, networking, and storage OEM partners, as well as cloud providers, with high-performing system components.

Review the original article by Charles King from July 26, 2011 >