(Ed: From the would you pay $279 to take 7ms off of your ping department?)
KillerTM NIC, the First Network Card Designed Exclusively for Hardcore Online Gamers, Reduces Ping and Increases FPS
AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 31, 2006 – Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today announced it has begun shipping its flagship gaming product, the KillerTM Network Interface Card (NIC). The Killer NIC is the first network card specifically designed to improve performance for online gamers who demand less Ping (latency) and more Frames Per Second. Next week, Killer will launch exclusively at www.Newegg.com for $279.99. Gamers may pre-order the Killer now at www.killernic.com.
The Killer improves gaming performance through its patent-pending Hardware Network Stack that bypasses the host operating system’s networking stack completely. Online gaming enthusiasts will gain a significant competitive advantage through the Killer NIC’s ability to reduce and control Ping times while increasing Frames Per Second (FPS).
The Killer NIC has shown impressive performance improvements on CounterStrike, F.E.A.R., and World of Warcraft. For example, results have shown an average of 7 milliseconds (ms) of Ping improvement in CounterStrike: Source, and an FPS improvement of approximately 8 percent. World of Warcraft shows an average of 10 ms of Ping improvement and 7 percent improvements in FPS. For more performance details, please see the performance specs on KillerNIC.com: http://www.killernic.com/KillerNic/KillerStats.aspx
Killer’s LLRTM Technology also offers gamers the chance to write or run Linux programs on the NPU. This functionality, called Flexible Network Architecture (FNA) TM, can be used by developers or inspired gamers to write their own applications and utilities. FNAppsTM and the integrated USB port on Killer allow gamers to run programs like VoIP or file-sharing programs without impacting their host CPU or ever touching their gaming computer.
“Killer has launched with significant industry and consumer interest and buzz,” says Harlan Beverly, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. “Now that we have released the details that Killer bypasses the host network stack, online gamers everywhere have started saying, ‘Oh, I get it now.’ Gamers have also started catching on to the idea of running FNApps on their Killer’s Linux operating system. The gaming community is starting to understand the full value and potential of Killer.”
Go to www.killernic.com to learn more.
About the KillerTM NIC
The Killer NIC is a Network Interface Card powered by LLR Technology and offers gamers superior speed and performance in their online games. Killer’s 400 MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) and 64 MB of dedicated DDR is one of the first applications of Corporate Network Acceleration Technology introduced to the consumer market. The Killer NIC offers improved gaming performance, standard NIC functionality, and has an onboard USB 2.0 port as part of its Flexible Network Architecture (FNA) which allows gamers to write their own applications to run on the NPU. Killer runs on PCs that run the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
About Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks is an innovative Austin-based start-up company that is dedicated to making the online gaming experience both faster and more fun. With roots from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, the company was formed by a team of Executive MBA graduates to develop hardware products that improve performance and reduce Lag in online video games. The company has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Fortune Small Business Award and the prestigious 2005 Moot Corp Competition at the University of Texas. The company recently received $4 million in funding from Venio Capital Partners, and is a member of the Austin Technology Incubator.
*Performance numbers based on internal product testing. For more detail, go to www.bigfootnetworks.com