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Marvell buys Aquantia, neutralizing a future in-car chip rival

Marvell has snapped up an Ethernet-focused rival, Aquantia, for $452m – a 39% premium on its closing share price. While there is considerable opportunity for Marvell to use Aquantia’s technologies in conventional data center applications, specifically its high bandwidth transceivers, Marvell is particularly focused on the growing demand for in-vehicle networking in the automotive sector, where Aquantia has a few semiconductor designs that cater to autonomous vehicles. Early automotive experiments with Ethernet have shown that the networking technology has a bright future in vehicles. Aquantia has worked with Nvidia on its Pegasus Drive AGX platform, which Nvidia hopes is going to be the sensor fusion hub for self-driving cars, and is also a member of the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance.…

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