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NetXen Touts New Take on 10-Gig

Chip startup NetXen is touting NIC technology, which it claims will breathe new life into the market for 10-Gbit/s Ethernet servers and storage.

The vendors NX3031 LAN On Motherboard (LOM) offerings, launched this week, contain 4-Gbit Ethernet ports, although these can be upgraded to two 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ports by adding a small connector and riser card to the motherboard.

”We have developed a solution that can bridge the Gig and 10-Gig space - this becomes a tremendous vehicle for getting 10-Gig deployed without having to pay for it upfront” says Vikram Karvat, NetXen’s senior director of marketing, explaining that the LOM technology is aimed at server and storage OEMs. “It takes all the burden of cost off the motherboard for doing 10-Gig.”

NetXen unveiled three versions of the NX3031 this week containing different flavors of 10-Gbit/s Ethernet: SFP+, 10GBASE-T, and CX4.

“The most popular one now is SFP+ [because] it supports both optical and cable interfaces,” said Karvat. “At least for the next year or so, SFP+ will carry the flag for 10-Gig.”

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