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NetEffect Rolls 10-Gigabit Ethernet Adaptors

PITTSBURGH — NetEffect, resurrected from its earlier dabbling in Inifiniband products, has switched gears and introduced its first family of 10-Gigabit Ethernet channel adapters at the SC2004 conference here. The first adapters are two ASICs on an adaptor board.

NetEffect (Austin, Texas) was founded in 1999 as Banderacom Inc., a provider of InfiniBand chips. In the three-year downturn the new fabric was not supported by mainstream data centers. This year, Banderacom reemerged as NetEffect with a new focus on data center networking traffic.

The adaptors implement iWARP Ethernet standards, delivering up to 10Gbit/s data rates and concurrent access to networking, storage and clustering connectivity over existing Ethernet infrastructures. iWARP is a series of extensions to Ethernet and TCP/IP and is intended to eliminate the overhead that Ethernet carries with it.

"iWARP will virtually eliminate the overhead required to process networking traffic and enable broad deployment of 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the data center," said president and CEO Rick Maule.

NetEffect's virtual pipeline architecture supports multiple bidirectional 10 Gbit/s ports with minimum latency by configuring buffer activity and the I/O commands to bypass the context switch. In addition, the ECA can operate in a dual-port configurations for 10 Gbit/1Gbit Ethernet applications.

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