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Intel rolls out dual-port controller for Gigabit Ethernet

Posted: 28 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? controller ic? networking ic? gigabit ethernet? gigabit ethernet controller?

The company has unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum the 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet controller chipclaimed to be the world's first dual-port controller that enables server manufacturers to add two Gigabit Ethernet connections on the same amount of space required for a single connection. A single-port version, the 82545EM, is also available.

Both controllers support the PCI-X bus interface, as well as the Alerting Standard Format 1.0 and SMBus 2.0 specifications for enhanced server and workstation manageability. Both are also bundled with the company's Advanced Network Services software, which is claimed to help improve the uptime of servers and removes server bottlenecks by providing support for fault tolerance, load balancing, and link aggregation.

Intel has also introduced the 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet controller for copper-based networks. Smaller than the size of a dime, the chip is 45 percent smaller than previous versions, and is designed for desktop PCs.

The 82546EB, 82545EM, and 82540EM are priced at $89.95, $59.95, and $34.95 each, respectively.

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