Neterion Releases New 10 Gb Ethernet Adapter

Thursday Jan 27th 2005 by Amy Newman
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Neterion, nee S2io, this week released Xframe II, a second-generation I/O adapter based on the PCI-X 2.0 bus architecture.

It's been a busy week for Neterion. The 10 Gb Ethernet hardware vendor announced both a name change and a new product this week.

Neterion was previously S2io. The new name, according to the company's Web site, "embraces our 'Net'work heritage and conveys the promise of discovery and infinite possibilities that lie ahead. The new name underscores the company's commitment to high-performance, high-quality networking products."

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company also released its latest offering for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter market. Xframe II is a second-generation I/O adapter based on the PCI-X 2.0 bus architecture. The I/O adapter doubles the data rate of the previous bus standard, PCI-X 1.0.

Xframe II is aimed at organizations considering server virtualization and consolidation.

In addition to speed, the key enhancement in this version of Xframe is Neterion's "Large Receive Offload," proprietary technology that removes bottlenecks on the receive side.

Xframe II maintains hardware and software compatibility with the previous generation product.

PCI-X 2.0 is the next-generation PCI bus. It was defined by the PCI-SIG standard organization and builds on previous generations of PCI, including the electrical components, protocols, signals names and functions, and connectors. It is backward compatible with conventional PCI.

Neterion expects systems equipped with the PCI-X 2.0 bus to be introduced throughout 2005.

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