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Marvell rolls out GbE controller for server platforms

Posted: 13 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:marvell? pci express? gigabit ethernet controller? intel developer forum?

Marvell released what it claims as the industry's first x4 PCI Express, dual-port Gigabit Ethernet controller for server platforms at last week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The Yukon II controller is first among the next generation of server Ethernet controllers designed to deliver reliable multi-gigabit bandwidth for the scalable PCI-Express server architecture. It delivers network traffic to a server over dual Gigabit Ethernet links and across the server's 4-lane wide PCI Express channel. Marvell said the device fully utilizes this 4-lane channel to enable wire speed 2Gbps performance in each direction.

This new product is also designed to provide high server availability and reliable network connectivity with the controller's dual-port link redundancy and teaming functionality. The Yukon II controller features the company's Virtual Cable Tester (VCT) technology to enable IT managers to quickly identify cabling problems with pinpoint accuracy to reduce the impact of cabling issues on network availability.

In addition, the Yukon II controller supports the Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface (IPMI) and Alert Specification Format (ASF) to provide IT managers with real-time server health monitoring and enhanced manageability. The Yukon II solution also simplifies deployment and IT management across a variety of computer platforms in an organization's network by providing the industry's most comprehensive software driver suite that includes support for Windows, Linux, Netware and Unix, Marvell added.

The controller is available in a pin-compatible single-port device option to enable a single motherboard layout with the same footprint for the dual-port (88E8062) or single-port (88E8061) Gigabit Ethernet option. Both devices support Copper and Fiber interfaces. Also included are a Yukon II software driver suite and a hardware reference design for faster time to market implementations.

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