Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapters

IBM Redbooks Product Guide

Abstract

The Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapters are a family of high performance PCI Express adapters. With five adapters to choose from, the NetXtreme I and NetXtreme II adapter family offers a variety of features including up to four ports per adapter, VLAN support, broad operating system support, TOE, iSCSI, and virtualization support.

Changes in the December 24 update:
* The four-port NetXtreme II adapter has been withdrawn from marketing

Contents


The Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapters are a family of high performance PCI Express adapters. With five adapters to choose from, the NetXtreme I and NetXtreme II adapter family offers a variety of features including up to four ports per adapter, VLAN support, broad operating system support, TOE, iSCSI, and virtualization support.

Note: The four-port NetXtreme II adapter has been withdrawn from marketing and is no longer available from IBM.

Figure 1 shows the Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter.
Figure 1. Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter


Did You Know?

The NetXtreme Quad Port Ethernet Adapter is an ideal way to implement a virtualization solution using your existing Gigabit Ethernet network. With four copper-based Gigabit ports on a single PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface, the adapter provides the density and capacity you need to support large numbers of virtualized systems on one server.


Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter90Y9370A2V4
Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter90Y9352A2V3
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter49Y4220*5766
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter42C17802995
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Single Port Ethernet Adapter39Y60661485
* Withdrawn from marketing

The part numbers for the adapters include the following items:
  • One Ethernet adapter with standard (4.75-inch) bracket
  • Low profile (3.13-inch) bracket
  • Support CD and Safety flyer


Features and specifications

The adapters have the following features:
  • One, two, or four 10/100/1000 copper ports with RJ45 for Cat 5e/6 cabling
  • Full line-rate performance across all ports
  • Low-profile form factor - supported by the majority of System x and iDataPlex servers
  • PCI Express 2.0 host interface (NetXtreme II single-port is PCI Express 1.1)
  • Jumbo Frames support (9600 bytes frames)
  • IEEE 802.1q VLAN support - provides enhanced network management and efficiency
  • I/O virtualization (IOV) support for VMWare NetQueue and Microsoft VMQ - improves network performance in virtualized environments
  • IEEE 802.3x flow control support
  • Receive and transmit side scaling
  • TCP, IP, and UDP checksum offload
  • Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) and MSI-X support - Maximizes server processing performance by reducing CPU overhead and lowering interrupt latency
  • On-chip temperature monitor (NetXteme I only)
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) compliant - Reduces adapter power consumption by up to 42% through intelligent adaptive power management, adjusting power based on data traffic load. (NetXtreme I only)
  • IEEE 802.3z (Clause 30) - Statistics for SNMP MIB II, Ethernet like MIB, and Ethernet MIB (NetXtreme I only)
  • IEEE 1588 Precision Time Control and 802.1AS time synchronization support - Provides greater accuracy of data packet delivery within the network (NetXtreme I only)
  • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) support (NetXtreme II dual and quad-port only)
  • Hardware-based iSCSI offload (NetXtreme II dual and quad-port only)
  • Management using Broadcom Advanced Control Suite (BACS), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and Broadcom Management API (BMAPI)

Table 2 compares the features of the cards. The NetXteme I adapters are a lower-cost offering using the latest Broadcom controller. The NetXtreme II adapters offer advanced features such as TOE and iSCSI offload.

Table 2. Features
FeatureNetXtreme I Quad-portNetXtreme II Quad-portNetXtreme I dual-portNetXtreme II dual-portNetXtreme II single-port
Part number90Y935249Y4220*90Y937042C1780 39Y6066
ChipsetBCM5719BCM5709CBCM5720BCM5709CBCM5708C
RJ45 connectors44221
PCIeYesYesYesYesYes
PCIe Gen2YesYesYesYesNo
PCIe Lanesx4x4x1x4x4
TOE supportNoYes (ports 0 & 1 only)NoYes (both ports)Yes
iSCSI offloadNo (software Initiator)YesNo (software Initiator)Yes**No (software Initiator)
Stateless offloads YesYesYesYesYes
Jumbo FramesYesYesYesYesYes
IEEE 802.1Q VLAN supportYesYesYesYesYes
PXE BootYesYesYesYesYes
iSCSI BootYesYesYesYesYes
NIC TeamingYesYesYesYesYes
On-chip temperature monitorYesNoYesNoNo
IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet, EEE)YesNoYesNoNo
IEEE 1588/802.1AS (Precision Time Protocol, PTP)YesNoYesNoNo
VMware NetQueue & Microsoft VMQYesYesYesYesNo
Statistics for SNMP MIB IIYesNoYesNoNo
Form FactorLow-profile (5.2" x 2.7")Low-profile (6.6” x 2.53”)Low-profile (4.3" x 2.7")Low-profile (4.66” x 2.53”)Low-profile (5.875” x 2.75”)
* Withdrawn from marketing
** Requires the latest firmware update, available from http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5081963


Figure 2 shows the NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter (now withdrawn from marketing).

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter
Figure 2. NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter



Physical specifications

The adapters have the following physical specifications:

Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter:
  • Length: 109 mm (4.3")
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7")
  • Depth: 19 mm (0.74 in)

Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter:
  • Length: 132 mm (5.2")
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7")
  • Depth: 19 mm (0.74 in)

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter:
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in)
  • Height: 64 mm (2.53 in)
  • Depth: 19 mm (0.74 in)

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter:
  • Length: 118 mm (4.66 in)
  • Height: 64 mm (2.53 in)
  • Depth: 19 mm (0.74 in)

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Single Port Ethernet Adapter:
  • Length: 149 mm (5.875 in)
  • Height: 70 mm (2.75 in)
  • Depth: 18 mm (0.70 in)

Figure 3 shows the Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter

Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter
Figure 3. Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter


Operating environment

The adapters are supported in the following environment:

Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter:
Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter:
  • Temperature:
    • Operating at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft): 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
    • Operating at 914 m to 2133m (3,000 to 7,000 ft): 10° to 32°C (50° to 90°F)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter:
  • Temperature:
    • Operating at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft): 10° to 52°C (50° to 135°F)
    • Operating at 0 to 3000m (0 to 10,000 ft): 10° to 49°C (50° to 120°F)
    • Storage: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) at 0 to 12,000m (0 to 39,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity:
    • Operating: 8% to 80% (relative, non-condensing)
    • Storage: 5% to 80% (relative, non-condensing)

NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter:
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Single Port Ethernet Adapter:
  • Temperature: 0° to 55°C (32° to 131°F)
  • Relative humidity: 10% to 90%


Warranty

One-year limited warranty. When installed in a System x server, these cards assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac upgrade.


Supported servers

The adapters are supported in the IBM System x servers identified in the following table.

Table 3. Supported System x servers
Product descriptionPart
number
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)
x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)
x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)
x3500 M3 (7380)
x3550 M3 (7944)
x3620 M3 (7376)
x3630 M3 (7377)
x3650 M3 (7945)
x3755 M3 (7164)
Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x90Y9370
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x90Y9352
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter49Y4220
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter42C1780
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
NetXtreme II 1000 Express Ethernet Adapter39Y6066
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the adapters supported by each System x server type (including witdhrawn models): http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.


Connectors and LEDs

Figure 2 shows the LEDs on the Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter connectors and LEDs
Figure 2. Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter connectors and LEDs


Regulatory compliance

The adapters conform to the following international standards:
  • EN55022
  • EN55024
  • EN60950 / CE
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3
  • ICES-003, Issue-004
  • IEC 950 CB Scheme
  • FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Class A
  • UL 1950
  • CSA C22.2 950-95
  • VCCI
  • AS/NZSCISPR 22 / C-tick
  • RRL for KC
  • BSMI
  • UL 94-/V
  • RoHS


Supported operating systems

The adapters support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Click System x servers, and then click LAN to see the support matrix. Click the check mark that is associated with the System x server in question to see the details of operating system support.


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Publish Date
11 January 2010

Last Update
24 December 2013


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