Texas technology company Bigfoot Networks today introduced its flagship gaming product, the Killer Network Interface Card (NIC), a hardware PC card which is intended to reduce in-game lag for video games. Killer's 400 MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) and 64 Megabytes of dedicated DDR is one of the first applications of Corporate Network Acceleration Technology introduced to the consumer market.
The hardware utilizes LLR Technology to offload the network processing tasks of games away from the CPU and onto the Killer's NPU. The Killer NIC speeds up and improves the online performance of games already on the market today, and does not require game integration.
LLR Technology allows Killer to improve performance in additional ways, by offering gamers the chance to write their own programs to run on the NPU. This functionality called Flexible Network Architecture (FNA) can be used by developers or gamers to write their own applications and utilities. These utilities can further reduce the CPU utilization of the system, making the games run even faster.
"Killer delivers better Ping times and allows the computer's CPU to be able to focus on making the game run fast and smooth, even during the most intense action, which can often be the difference between winning and losing," says Harlan Beverly, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. "Killer goes way beyond just offloading the network processing. Its designed specifically for online video games, which means it handles gaming data in faster and more responsive ways so gamers can experience lower Pings and have a real advantage in online games."