Monday, May 14, 2007

Pool party for 10G Ethernet

Add Broadcom Corp. to the growing list of chip makers jumping into the pool for bringing 10Gbit/second Ethernet on the PC server. The company claims its dual-port 10G part can handle full bi-directional line rates and requires no external memory.

That gives Broadcom an edge over Net Effect that announced a similar part recently. The Net Effect device needs 256 Mbytes external memory to support its full throughput, although the chip is the company's second generation and thus somewhat better shaken out in the market.

Chelsio got this party started with a 10G card that was among the first to run the full Open Fabrics Alliance software stack that targets both 10G Ethernet and Infiniband. Speaking of which, Mellanox promised its own 10Gbit offer soon.

Sun Microsystems has its own device, closely tied to the capabilities of its multi-core processors. Later this year, Intel is expected to have new 10G Ethernet acceleration built into its chip sets, too. Meanwhile, Alacritech, which helped get the whole TCP offload business started, is a laggard, cost-reducing its Gbit parts this year and waiting until next year to launch 10G.

Anybody else ready to dive in?


Anonymous said...

Doesn't Neterion have a part too?

Anonymous said... has a TOE chip that blows away Broadcom, Chelsio, and Alacritech. It has 4 bi-directional ports at 10gb each and uses only 1watt of power while the others use 10watts.

Anonymous said...

You're a little behind. Broadcom has been in the game for a while. Check out's chip. They have 4 bi-directional ports at 10gb each and operate at 1watt of power rather than 10watts like the others.

Anonymous said...

Mellanox just jumped in too.

I don't buy their excuse for going with Ethernet and keeping Infiniband.
I think it's a good indication that infiniband is going away.

Their chip doesn't have a TOE chip like Broadcom, Alacritech, or Lewiz.

This is a big mistake imho. The TCP processing at that speed will overwhelm the CPU.