Facebook to cut down buffer time for videos, acquires QuickFire Networks

Social networking site Facebook has reportedly acquired QuickFire Networks, a TC Disrupt 2014 Battlefield contestant.

Updated: Jan 09, 2015, 16:35 PM IST
Facebook to cut down buffer time for videos, acquires QuickFire Networks

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Social networking site Facebook has reportedly acquired QuickFire Networks, a TC Disrupt 2014 Battlefield contestant.

The QuickFire's have developed a custom hardware and software platform for decreasing video file sizes. Its platform speeds up the encoding videos with different profiles for frame rate, resolution, colour and audio settings.

Facebook decided to integrate the technology to cut down the buffer time for videos without compromising on the quality, as reported by Tech Crunch.

To accommodate 11 high-end Intel Core i7 processors, the technology relies on custom motherboards. The custom software makes the processors work together. On top of that the startup scale is up massively by distributing work among multiple motherboards.

CEO Craig Lee announced the deal in a written letter on QuickFire's site. The prior business operations of the company will halt as the team switches over to Facebook, he said.