The company said in a statement that the acquisition would support its focus on gaining a leadership position in the end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure market.
Barefoot is based in Santa Clara, Californiam and Intel said its staff would add expertise in cloud network architectures, P4-programmable high-speed data paths, switch silicon development, P4 compilers, driver software, network telemetry and computational networking.
Intel executive vice-president and general manager of the Data Centre Group, said: "Most important, this is one of the most talented and experienced teams in this domain in the industry.
Nick McKeown, co-founder, chief scientist and chairman of Barefoot Networks; Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice-president and general manager of the Data Centre Group; Bob Swan, Intel chief executive; and Craig Barratt, Barefoot Networks chief executive, after the acquisition was announced. Courtesy: Barefoot Networks