Xilinx announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Solarflare, a private company located in Irvine, California. Solarflare is a leading global provider of high performance, low latency network solutions.

Xilinx has been a strategic investor in Solarflare since 2017, and the two companies have been working together to develop advanced networking technologies for the past two years. Recently, the two companies demonstrated their first joint solution, a single-chip FPGA-based 100G SmartNIC that can process 100 million packets per second at less than 75 watts per second.

Through this acquisition, Xilinx is able to combine its industry-leading FPGA, MPSoC and ACAP solutions with Solarflare's ultra-low latency network interface card(NIC) technology and Onload application acceleration software to enable a new converged SmartNIC solution. Accelerate Xilinx's “data center priority” strategy and the path to transformation for platform companies.

The acquisition will follow customary closing conditions and regulatory review and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.