The Wall Street Journal: Intel buying Barefoot Networks to compete better against Broadcom

Intel Corp. is buying startup Barefoot Networks Inc. in a bid to scale up the smaller company’s networking-chip technology and compete with Broadcom Inc.

While Intel INTC, +1.67% is the largest computer-chip maker in the U.S., it doesn’t currently make chips that manage communication via Ethernet, a widely used technology to connect a vast network of computers and servers. That arena is dominated by San Jose-based Broadcom AVGO, +1.94% .

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The purchase, Intel executive vice president Navin Shenoy said, is aimed to address an explosion of data that has bolstered demand for computing power to analyze it and networking systems to exchange it within data centers.

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