And this, friends, is how you make the leap into the mainstream. Bigfoot Networks has been toiling away in an effort to get its gaming-optimized networking guts into just about everything -- there's also a VisionTek GPU with Killer innards, and a trifecta of mainboard makers announced that they too would be joining the bustling integration party earlier in the year. Now, however, the outfit's really got something to hang its hat on: a handshake with Dell's Alienware unit. The Killer Wireless-N 1103 networking adapter will now be listed as an option for the Alienware M18x, M17x, M14x and M11x, promising data rates as high as 450Mbps as well as its Advanced Stream Detect to intelligently classify and prioritize network traffic. Mum's the word on how much the upgrade will be, but based on prior reviews, we'd say the premium will be well worth it for the hardcore among us.
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ALIENWARE ADDS BIGFOOT NETWORKS KILLER™ WIRELESS-N TECHNOLOGY ACROSS FULL LINE OF GAMING LAPTOPS

Alienware Enhances Gaming Laptop Line with Integrated Killer Wireless-N 1103 Networking
for Breakthrough Wi-Fi® Speed, Intelligence and Control


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 11, 2011 – Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer™ line of high-performance networking products, today announced that Dell Computer Corporation is adding Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 high-performance network adapters as a option to all four of its latest gaming laptop PCs, including the Alienware M18x, M17x, M14x and M11x (NASDAQ: DELL).

Building on Bigfoot Networks' history of high-performance, low-latency desktop PC networking, Killer Wireless-N 1103 adapters deliver superior wireless networking Speed with data rates up to 450Mbps . Bigfoot Networks' exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology provides network Intelligence by automatically classifying and prioritizing latency-sensitive network traffic such as online games, HD video, voice and audio. Control comes courtesy of Bigfoot Networks' exclusive Visual Bandwidth Control™ application, which lets users easily manage their precious bandwidth and tune upload and download allocations for each online application. As a result, users experience optimized gaming performance, fewer video interruptions and crystal-clear audio and video conferencing.

Key Killer Wireless-N 1103 features include:
• Advanced Stream Detect™ – Automatically classifies and prioritizes online games, HD video and high-quality audio for fewer interruptions and a better online experience.
• Visual Bandwidth Control™ – Enables users to see which applications are hogging bandwidth and tune allocations for each so they don't interfere with online games, video or multimedia applications, allowing users to do more online tasks simultaneously.
• PC Monitor™ – Monitor and manage wireless laptop PC health and performance with graphical displays and detailed logging via an intuitive user interface.
• Cutting-Edge 11n Performance – Up to 5X better latency than leading competitors and enhanced rate-over-range performance, with 3-stream MIMO enabling industry-leading data rates of up to 450Mbps for higher data throughput over longer distances.

"We are excited to be partnering with Bigfoot Networks in being the first company to offer its high-performance Killer Wireless-N 1103 network adapters across our entire line of high-performance gaming laptops," said Frank Azor, Alienware Product Planning Director. "With impressive online networking performance enhancements and Bigfoot's exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology, these new Killer Wireless-based gaming laptops will ensure our customers have the ultimate online gaming and HD video streaming experience."

"As all entertainment tends toward digital delivery – games, movies, music, video, even books – PC enthusiasts need more network power than ever before," said Michael Howse, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. "Alienware knows you don't want to compromise your media experience just because you're mobile. That's why they've turned to Bigfoot Networks for a high-performance, intelligent wireless solution you can take wherever you go."

Alienware laptop PCs with Killer Wireless-N technology are now available in four configurations – 11" (M11x), 14" (M14x), 17" (M17x) and 18" (M18x). For more details on these offerings, visit http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx. For more information on Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N technology, visit http://www.bigfootnetworks.com/killer-wireless-n-1103/. For more details about Killer Wireless-N performance, visit http://www.bigfootnetworks.com/killer-wireless-n-performance/

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Alienware adds jitter-killing Killer Wireless-N technology to M18x, M17x, M14x and M11x