Bigfoot Networks Launches 'Killer Xeno' Page: 1
2nd Gen. Gaming NIC Cards Launched
Bigfoot Networks have announced the latest version of their gaming network interface card, the Killer Xeno, in a press release. Following on from their success with the Killer NIC, Bigfoot have made some improvements and added some new features to the new card, including more memory, an upgraded network processing unit (NPU), and integrated audio for hardware-accelerated voice-chat. The voice chat acceleration was one of the most requested features for the Killer Xeno, and Bigfoot have worked in partnership with those responsible for TeamSpeak and Vivix to get it right. The Xeno will also be able to utilise the open source 'Mumble' application.
The cards are pretty flexible in design, allowing 3rd parties and OEM system builders to utilise add in boards (AIB's), and quite a few big names will be featuring the Xeno within their gaming PC's. Dell will be using them in their Alienware range. Here's what Alienware's senior vice president and general manager, Frank Azor, had to say:
“The worldwide online gaming market is rapidly growing, and with more gaming customers come more customer requests, demands and needs. Alienware works to stay ahead of the curve and Bigfoot Networks helps us do this. The Bigfoot Networks’ Killer Xeno gives us the proven technology needed to guarantee customers’ ultimate online gaming experience."
Key features of the Killer Xeno include:
There will be two flavours of Killer Xeno, the Killer Xeno Ultra sporting 256MB of on-board ram and an on-board Status Display. The Killer Xeno Pro has 128MB of on-board RAM. Both models include audio processing for VoIP chat. Prices are set at $129.99 for the Pro and $179.99 for the Ultra. They should both be available by May.
- PCIe interface: provides for higher throughput.
- Killer Xeno NPU: dedicated smart packet processor for all network operations, ensures the delivery of time-sensitive data like game control and VoIP.
- Plug-and-play compatibility with all games.
- Windows network stack bypass: provides for direct to game interrupts.
- Integrated audio chip: offloads VoIP operations to Killer Xeno NPU for “hiccup-free” voice communications while gaming.
- On board RAM (256 MB/Ultra and 128/Pro): enables applications such as firewall, VoIP chat and bandwidth control to run on the card simultaneously with no system performance degradation.
- Firewall: stops intruders with zero gaming performance impact.
- Based on robust Linux iptable implementation.
- Bandwidth control: prioritize network traffic for each application by setting bandwidth priorities and max/min limits through a simple interface.
- Onboard status display: Xeno Ultra model includes a customizable LED display for caller ID, network statistics, game information or any user-customized messages.
You can visit the Killer Xeno product pages for more information. You can also discuss the new Killer Xeno in our forums.