Santa Clara, Calif.NetXen Inc. has developed a family of multi-protocol, intelligent network interface controllers (NIC) that are aimed at facilitating widespread deployment of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology in datacenter networks.
The NX203x devices, which offload and accelerate processing tasks in networking equipment, are said to increase datacenter network performance by a factor of 10 and reduce power by 50% compared with conventional devices that are twice the cost. The dual-port, 10-GbE interface controllers are programmable and offer native PCI Express (PCIe) support.
NetXen, a member of www.Blade.org is offering three board-level products that incorporate its NX203x Intelligent NICs. The boards are layer 2 NICs that can support the offload of TCP/IP, iSCSI and RDMA protocols to improve throughput in servers, server appliances and storage platforms, while reducing host CPU utilization.
The NXB-10GCX4 is based on the NX2031, a network controller that has two 10-GbE interfaces and two GbE interfaces. The NXB-10GCX4 is a 10-GbE, low profile PCI Express card with a native CX4 copper interface.
The NXB-4GCU Intelligent NIC is based on NetXen's NX2035, which has two 10-GbE interfaces and four GbE interfaces. A combination of any 4-port interfaces can be used simultaneously. The NXB-4GCU is a half size PCIe card with four GbE ports.
The NXB-10GXxR Intelligent NIC is based on NetXen's NX2031. The NXB-10GXxR is a 10-GbE, low-profile PCIe card with pluggable XFP modules (SR or LR).
Pricing for the CX-4 is $600.
NetXen Inc., 1-408-330-0010, www.netxen.com