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8 Things To Know About The $6.9B Nvidia-Mellanox Acquisition

CRN dives deep into the $6.9 billion Nvidia-Mellanox acquisition and explains why it's a big deal for the data center and high-performance computing markets. Missing the deal "was a mistake on Intel's part because Mellanox is so dominant in this low-latency fabric area," one partner says.

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What We Know About Mellanox, Its Market, The Deal And More

Nvidia put an end to the question of Mellanox's fate when the chipmaker announced that it would acquire the company for $6.9 billion.

Mellanox, an Israeli provider of networking components for data centers, had reportedly been on the market for several months following a fight with an activist investor, and multiple buyers had lined up before Nvidia sealed the offer Monday.

Once the deal closes, which is expected by the end of the year, Nvidia is set to become a larger player in the data center market than ever before.

Mellanox had 2,330 full-time employees and 116 part-time employees as of the end of last year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

What follows are eight important things to know about the $6.8 billion Nvidia-Mellanox acquisition, including the market for Mellanox's products, what they're used for and the history of Mellanox's journey from activist investor spat to acquisition by Nvidia.

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