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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Predictions of when 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) will become more widely adopted generally settle in at mid-2008 at the earliest, and the market appears to be on track given several recent 10GbE announcements. In varying degrees, these latest developments address 10GbE's greatest adoption barriers; namely, affordability, power consumption and support for a wide variety of Ethernet networking protocols. Chip vendor Broadcom recently rolled out its first 10GbE converged network interface controller, the NetXtreme II BCM57710. It processes network protocols on the chip and will support Microsoft Windows TCP Chimney Offload engine, remote direct memory access (RDMA) and iSCSI block storage, while using fewer than 7 watts of power. NetEffect has announced that its dual-port 10GbE iWarp adapter will be available late summer. It also uses fewer than 7 watts of power and will support TCP Chimney, iSCSI, iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER), NFS and NFS over RDMA; list price will be $1,195. Chelsio Communications, whose products have slightly higher power consumption, is ... Access >>>

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