Bigfoot Networks has quietly gone from a niche startup that only
targeted hardcore gamers, to a company that seems to be cracking into
new parterships all the time. They've already managed to get their
products into mainboards and GPUs, and now they're taking them to the
most sophisticated spot yet: Alienware notebooks. Bigfoot's "Killer"
line of networking gear is famous for one thing in particular:
prioritizing bandwidth usage in order to reduce jitter and make online
gameplay smoother compared to standard, non-optimized NICs. They've
managed to do a swell job with it, and reviews are overwhelmingly
Now, those buying an Alienware
will be able to get that same technology
right inside their laptop. The Wireless-N 1103 network adapter will now
be listed as an option on the Alienware M18x, M17x, M14x and M11x.
Neither company has come clean with a price, but having smoother
gameplay is apt to convince gamers to pony up either way.
ALIENWARE ADDS BIGFOOT NETWORKS KILLER™ WIRELESS-N TECHNOLOGY ACROSS FULL LINE OF GAMING LAPTOPS
Alienware Enhances Gaming Laptop Line with Integrated Killer Wireless-N 1103 Networking for Breakthrough Wi-Fi® Speed, Intelligence and Control
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 11, 2011 – Bigfoot Networks, the
technology company behind the Killer™ line of high-performance
networking products, today announced that Dell Computer Corporation is
adding Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 high-performance network adapters as a
option to all four of its latest gaming laptop PCs, including the
Alienware M18x, M17x, M14x and M11x (NASDAQ: DELL).
Building on Bigfoot Networks' history of high-performance, low-latency
desktop PC networking, Killer Wireless-N 1103 adapters deliver superior
wireless networking Speed with data rates up to 450Mbps . Bigfoot
Networks' exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology provides network
Intelligence by automatically classifying and prioritizing
latency-sensitive network traffic such as online games, HD video, voice
and audio. Control comes courtesy of Bigfoot Networks' exclusive Visual
Bandwidth Control™ application, which lets users easily manage their
precious bandwidth and tune upload and download allocations for each
online application. As a result, users experience optimized gaming
performance, fewer video interruptions and crystal-clear audio and video
Key Killer Wireless-N 1103 features include:
• Advanced Stream Detect™ – Automatically classifies and prioritizes
online games, HD video and high-quality audio for fewer interruptions
and a better online experience.
• Visual Bandwidth Control™ – Enables users to see which applications
are hogging bandwidth and tune allocations for each so they don't
interfere with online games, video or multimedia applications, allowing
users to do more online tasks simultaneously.
• PC Monitor™ – Monitor and manage wireless laptop PC health and
performance with graphical displays and detailed logging via an
intuitive user interface.
• Cutting-Edge 11n Performance – Up to 5X better latency than leading
competitors and enhanced rate-over-range performance, with 3-stream MIMO
enabling industry-leading data rates of up to 450Mbps for higher data
throughput over longer distances.
"We are excited to be partnering with Bigfoot Networks in being the
first company to offer its high-performance Killer Wireless-N 1103
network adapters across our entire line of high-performance gaming
laptops," said Frank Azor, Alienware Product Planning Director. "With
impressive online networking performance enhancements and Bigfoot's
exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology, these new Killer
Wireless-based gaming laptops will ensure our customers have the
ultimate online gaming and HD video streaming experience."
"As all entertainment tends toward digital delivery – games, movies,
music, video, even books – PC enthusiasts need more network power than
ever before," said Michael Howse, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. "Alienware
knows you don't want to compromise your media experience just because
you're mobile. That's why they've turned to Bigfoot Networks for a
high-performance, intelligent wireless solution you can take wherever