Nvidia to acquire Mellanox for US$6.9bn - General Business

Nvidia, Intel, and Xilinx in rumored bidding contest for Mellanox

In a on Monday, Nvidia announced its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox, an Israel and California-based networking technology and supercomputer chipmaker.

Nvidia says that going forward, with Mellanox onboard, it'll be able to "optimise data center-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking and storage stack to achieve higher performance, greater utilization and lower operating cost for customers". The all-cash acquisition is the for Nvidia, a company best known for its graphics processors for high-performance gaming.

Nvidia has been pushing more into networking and connectivity with its own tailored solutions and Mellanox would bring further expertise along these lines, Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said. Overall their technology is used in over half of the TOP500-listed supercomputers in the world, as well as countless datacenters.

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"The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world's data centers", Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, with NVIDIA's own datacenter and HPC revenues growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years - thanks in big part to the machine learning boom - NVIDIA has chose to expand their datacenter product portfolio by picking up Mellanox. 'Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant data centre-scale compute engine. This website will test you.

Multiple companies have an interest in adding such capabilities to their own array of products as they try to make themselves more attractive to major buyers of computer infrastructure, such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Amazon.com Inc.'s AWS and Microsoft Corp.'s Azure. The company develops a number of products which overlap with Mellanox's offerings. Intel is believed to have already made a bid for the Israeli company, apparently offering US$6 billion for the network specialist.

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