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Intel 10GbE adapter utilizes XPAK technology

Posted: 04 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Promising to help overcome the cost and technical barriers that have previously made 10GbE server connectivity impractical for the data center, the new 10GbE adapter from Intel Corp. utilizes the XPAK optical technology to reduce the price over previous adapters by 40 percent.

According to the company, the adapter is ideal for server bandwidth-intensive applications such as server clusers, network storage, medical imaging and graphic design.

"In the higher layers of the enterprise network, 10GbE has proven its value in the aggregation of traffic among switches and in high-performance computing applications," said Hans Geyer, VP and GM for Intel's Networking and Storage Group. "With a substantial reduction in cost and an adapter in a form factor that fits standard servers, it now promises to fill a similar rapidly

growing need in the data center because the proliferation of GbE to the desktop and evermore network intensive applications are demanding more bandwidth."

The PRO/10GbE SR server adapter is designed for server deployments, which, in data centers, involve distances of fewer than 300m. The XPAK optics enable 10GbE connectivity over multimode fiber and their small-form-factor makes the adapter compatible with standard server slots, enabling denser server environments.

Collaboration with Cisco Systems

Intel has been working with equipment makers to provide interoperability with leading switches. It has collaborated with Cisco Systems to offer 10GbE interoperability with Cisco's Catalyst 6500 series switches, which Cisco claims offer industry leading 10GbE price/performance capabilities to facilitate broad deployment of secure and scaleable 10GbE solutions.

Both companies have also joined efforts to foster 10GbE in the data center. Together, Cisco and Intel are collaborating on educational seminars, and product sampling programs to assist IT managers in deploying 10GbE networks.

The PRO/10GbE SR server adapter is available for $4,770. Later this summer, Intel plans to introduce a version for single-mode fiber - the PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter - for applications involving distances up to 10km.

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