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August 14, 2008

NetXen's NX3031 Makes 10 Gigabit Ethernet Available to Mass Market

By Arvind Arora, TMCnet Contributing Editor

NetXen, Inc., a company engaged in development and provision of intelligent data pipes required for high-performance server I/O, including 10 Gigabit Ethernet server connectivity, has announced they are making NX3031, the third-generation of its flexible and upgradeable NetXen Intelligent Network Interface Cards (NIC (News - Alert)), equipped with FlexLOM technology, available to the market.

NetXen’s NX3031 silicon and boards are equipped with upgradeable quad-to-10 Gigabit LAN on motherboard (LOM) architecture for volume blade and rack server platforms, and with the help of FlexLOM, a technology patented by NetXen, its NX3031 Intelligent NIC silicon promises to become the driving factor for the volume server industry’s migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE).
Bob Wheeler, senior analyst, the Linley Group, said that NetXen’s FlexLOM solution clearly differentiates them from other 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC vendors and should accelerate the industry transition from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as the cost effectiveness and upgradeability of the FlexLOM technology is extremely attractive for OEMs and end users alike, which when combined with the high performance, enables the NX3031 to deliver impressive performance to price.
Wheeler noted that as 10 Gigabit server connections evolve from costly network interface cards to sophisticated LOM architectures designed for mainstream high-volume servers, the new NX3031 silicon positions NetXen as a technology leader in 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
NetXen’s NX3031-based Intelligent NICs runs Windows and operates in stateless NIC mode to offer a good network I/O performance. NetXen recorded 22 Gbps of bi-directional throughput and more than 14 Gbps receive throughput for 1500-byte packets, according to the conclusion of a new Tolly Group Up to Spec Certified test, and a new form of stateless offload enabled by the programmability of the Intelligent NIC makes this performance possible.
Kevin Tolly, president and CEO, the Tolly Group, said that with 1500-byte frames and Jumbo Frames, the NX3031 delivered ultra-high throughput coupled with extremely low CPU utilization, and this underscores the effectiveness of the new stateless offload capabilities of the NetXen NX3031.
The NX3031 Intelligent NIC family of chips and boards by NetXen has been designed with a view to fulfill the current and future needs of volume server OEMs market. The server OEMs are able to deploy the solution to commit 10 Gigabit Ethernet to the motherboard.
Govind Kizhepat, CEO and founder, NetXen, said that the third-generation Intelligent NIC solutions by the company harness the power of the FlexLOM architecture to provide server OEMs and board manufacturers with an effortless, affordable and high-volume transition from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
Kizhepat commented that the volume server providers can now confidently incorporate NetXen’s NX3031 Intelligent NIC solution, starting out with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on their servers, and then transitioning to 10 Gigabit Ethernet when, how and as they need it, without burdening the cost of the base platform.

Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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