Qualcomm purchased the networking company formerly called Bigfoot Networks a while back. Bigfoot made all sorts of networking hardware and chips that were aimed at improving the networking speed of gaming computers to make online gaming more fun. Qualcomm has announced that it is cramming the Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 game networking platform into some new mainboards including some from Gigabyte.
The E2100 chipset will be inside the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 mainboards that use the Intel X79 chipset. The E2100 is a high performance Gigabit Ethernet controller that handles game networking traffic and handles networking for all traffic types, not just gaming traffic. The chipset has advanced stream detect, visual bandwidth control, and application priority.
The stream detect technology is one of the key bits and gives the chipset its ability to identify online gaming and video transmissions and give them network priority. The visual bandwidth control portion allows the user to see what programs are consuming the most bandwidth and end them if needed. This will make for a very nice motherboard for gamers. Qualcomm is also putting the E2100 platform into boards from Asus and VisionTek as well.