Solarflare claims integrated 10GBASE-T LOMs first
No need to re-cable
Updated Fabless chip-design house Solarflare Communications is today expected to announce what it claims are the first integrated 10GBASE-T LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) controllers.
Bruce Tolley, Solarflare's vice president of corporate marketing, told The Reg that the advantages of an integrated part are "space and power" plus "plain old dollars and cents."
Solarflare claims that the new LOMs consume less than half the power of competing parts, providing a measureable advantage to OEMs building servers constrained by low power and cooling budgets.
The two 10GBASE-T LOMs are two-thirds of today's Solarflare announcement. The Solarstorm SFL9022 dual-port LOM and Solarstorm SFL9021 single-port LOM are joined by the the Solarstorm SFC9020 dual-port controller.
Solarflare's performance claims are impressive: sub-6 microsecond latency, 37Gbps aggregate bandwidth, ten times the number of virtual machines and vNICs as "leading" - but unnamed - competitors, and triple-speed (100M/1G/10G) auto-negotiation.
This last capability is important, according to Tolley, because the PCI SIG spec supports Wake-on-LAN (WON) only at 100Mbps speeds. Also, idling at 100Mbps waiting for a WON "magic packet" is a power-saver when compared with controllers that bottom out at 1Gbps.
Tolley also told us that the Solarstorm LOMs will support standard RJ45-connected CAT5e to 45 or 50 meters, and CAT6 to a 100 meters. He didn't offer any distance specs for CAT6a.
When we asked about any OEM design wins the SFC9000 series has garnered, Tolley demurred, saying only that "OEMs are very cagey." He did offer, however, that Solarflare has talked with Dell, and that both DNI of Taiwan and Acton of Massachusetts are company partners.
As we reported back in May, 10GbE is rapidly finding favor in datacenters. As Jason Waxman, Intel's General Manager of High-Density Computing, told us at that time: "Datacenters are transitioning to 10GbE technology to meet the explosive data requirements of today's networks."
With OEMs gaining the ability to equip their motherboards with power-efficient 10GBASE-T LOMs, and with prices dropping on 10GBASE-T switches, the adoption rate will almost certainly increase.
Solarflare predicts that the market for 10GbE server and storage connectivity will approach $1.2bn by 2013, with a hefty $400m of that accounted for by LOMs.
According to a Solarflare spokeswoman, the SFC9000 series is currently sampling and the company expects to be shipping production-ready products by the end of this year. Evaluation platforms for each controller in the SFC9000 series will include a complete driver set and will be available for $999. ®
An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the SFC9000 series as having a 6-millisecond latency, and not the correct 6-microsecond latency. We apologize 1,000 times for the 1,000-times error.
Cat6 is only supported up to 55m Cat6A/7 will work at 100m.
so weres the cheap OEM SOHO 10GigE PCI-E and routers then!
so again i ask, weres the cheap OEM SOHO 10GigE PCI-E and routers then!
and what price in real £ money +VAT are we looking at?
all the worlds Ethernet OEM's especially RTL have sat back on their 1gigE ONLY for Your mass home use for FAR to long.
we would like some of these speeds too, or at least some new 2,4, and 8GigE, alongside a cheap fully 10GigE capable 5 port+ router and a fully inclusive working generic Microsoft "Bonding" driver set for them.
so we could then massively increase our LAN PC to PC transfer and connected FreeNAS speeds by fitting several if we so choose over time into all the PCI-E capable devices we have and plugging in these new matching 10GigE SOHO routers,
most people are Not that interested in web ISP WAN speeds above a real 1 GigE per WAN in the near future as John implys OC.
just as a single example, the ability to remote LAN x264 encode our HD content over these speeds will be a large time saver FI, YMMV OC.
File under "kids today"
..as last time I heard "LOM" used, it meant "Lights Out Management". Le sigh.