Bothell, Wash. Allied Telesis has released the 2972 series of fiber Gigabit network interface cards (NICs) that use the new PCI Express (PCIe) bus for improved performance. The company says an additional boost to efficiency and speed is provided by the 78 Kb memory, which allows tasks to be offloaded by the host CPU.
The 2972 family is comprised of three different interface cards with either one or two fiber or copper ports for different performance requirements. The interface cards target server-based applications and client computers that require very high throughput. The AT-2972SX is a single-port fiber Gigabit PCIe card with a fiber LC connector; the AT-2972SX/2 is a dual-port fiber Gigabit PCIe card with a fiber LC connector, while the AT-2972ST/2 is a dual-port 10/100/1000T Gigabit PCIe card.
All three interface cards are supplied with both standard full and half-height brackets. This enables computer manufacturers and distributors to reduce their inventory by enabling them to use one card for different types of computers. The 2972 series also offers support for a variety of drivers including Windows Vista.
The 2972 series of interface cards also includes support for Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) and Wake-on-LAN. Using these, computers can be booted from the interface card independently of the hard disk or operating system. This enables network engineers to power up and to perform maintenance tasks on the computer remotely.
Pricing: The AT-2972T/2-001 is priced at $250; the AT-2972SX at $700 and the AT-2972SX/2 at $1100.
Availability: All 2972 interface cards are available now.
Product information: Fiber NICs
Allied Telesis, 1-800-424-6596, www.alliedtelesis.com