Broadcom NetXtreme 10GBase-T Network Adapter Family for System x

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Abstract

Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM® System x® features a robust, standards-based 10GBase-T adapter in a low-profile PCI Express® form factor. It enables affordable 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) network performance with cost-effective RJ-45 connections for distances up to 100 meters. It is compatible with the installed base of GbE switching and cabling infrastructure commonly deployed today.

Changes in the May 16 update:
* New Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x

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Introduction

The Broadcom NetXtreme 10 GbE 10GBase-T Network Adapter Family for System x® features robust, standards-based 10GBase-T adapters in either a low-profile PCI Express or mezzanine LOM generation 2 (ML2) form factor. These adapters enable affordable 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) network performance with cost-effective RJ-45 connections for distances up to 100 meters. They are compatible with the installed base of GbE switching and cabling infrastructure commonly deployed today.

Figure 1 shows the Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 1. Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x

Did You Know?

The Broadcom NetXtreme 10 GbE 10GBase-T Network Adapter family provides an ideal solution for IBM System x servers requiring high-speed data transfer in LAN connectivity for mission-critical applications levering the existing, affordable cabling and switching IT infrastructure. These network adapters provides support for 10 Gb networking with CAT 6/7 copper cable connectivity with two built-in RJ-45 ports.

Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

DescriptionPart numberFeature code
Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x44T1370A5GZ
Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT for IBM System x00D2026A40S
Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x49Y7910A18Y

The part number for these adapters includes the following items:
  • One Ethernet adapter with standard (4.75 in) bracket
  • Publication CD
  • Low profile (3.13 in) bracket
  • Important notices flyer
  • Warranty information

Figure 2 shows the Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT for IBM System x
Figure 2. Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT for IBM System x

Overview

The Broadcom NetXtreme II 10GBase-T adapter family provide:

  • A turnkey dual-port 10 GbE adapter solution operating at 100 m over CAT6a or CAT7 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable
  • Interoperable with IEEE standard devices operating at 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and 1 Gbps over existing CAT5 UTP
  • A dependable, performance-focused solution that can be optimized for high throughput and high I/O per second, with low CPU utilization

Broadcom offload architecture minimizes the CPU overhead, eliminating competition with the host application for host resources and freeing valuable CPU cycles for processing user applications:
  • TCP offload engine (TOE) accelerates network data transfers, with high I/O-per-second and high bandwidth.
  • Receive side scaling (RSS) is used to avoid bottlenecks by distributing network processing across multiple CPUs.
  • Adaptive interrupt coalescing streamlines interrupt processing.
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI/MSI-X) allows interrupt distribution in multi-CPU systems.

Broadcom’s 10GBASE-T PHY is based on highly advanced digital signal processing to allow robust operation over unshielded twisted pair (UTP) wiring. It is a highly integrated solution that combines enhanced analog front ends with digital adaptive equalizers, ADCs, phase-locked loops, line drivers, LDPC encoders and decoders, echo cancellers, crosstalk cancellers, and all required support circuitry.

The Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT is a special mezzanine LAN-on-motherboard (mezzanine LOM) form factor adapter that also supports the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) for communication with the server's onboard IMM2 management processor. This support enables the sharing the network interface with the IMM2 and the operating system, thereby eliminating the need for a separate management network

The following figure shows the Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 3. Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x

Features and specifications

The adapters have the following features:

  • Offer an end-to-end solution up to 10 Gb on Category 6A or 7 UTP cabling up to 100 m, and up to 1 Gb on Category 5E UTP cabling up to 55 m
  • Two integrated RJ-45 Ethernet ports operating at 10/100/1000 Mbps or 10 Gbps speeds
  • pNIC mode support
  • Supports failover and NIC teaming
    • Smart Load Balancing
    • IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation
  • Supports PXE 2.1
  • Jumbo frame support (up to 9 KB)
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • IEEE 802.1x flow control support
  • IEEE 802.1p quality of service (QoS) support
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6
  • Supports Broadcom Advanced Control Suite (BACS)
  • Suppors Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) (ML2 adapter only)

Performance features:
  • TCP offload engine (TOE)
  • TCP, IP, UDP checksum offload
  • Receive side scaling (RSS)
  • TCP segmentation offload (TCO)
  • Giant send offload (GSO)
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI/MSI-X)

The adapter has the following specifications:
  • Form factor:
    • 44T1370: Low-profile half-length PCIe
    • 00D2026: ML2 form factor
    • 49Y7910: Low-profile half-length PCIe
  • Standard (3U) bracket attached with low-profile (2U) bracket included in the box (option part number orders only)
  • Host interface: PCIe x8 Gen 2
  • ASIC:
    • 44T1370: Broadcom BCM57810
    • 00D2026: Broadcom BCM57810
    • 49Y7910: Broadcom BCM57712
  • Power dissipation:
    • 44T1370: 21 W typical
    • 00D2026: 28.4 W typical
    • 49Y7910: 21 W typical

Cable support:
  • CAT 7: 10 GbE and 1 GbE up to 100 meters
  • CAT 6a: 10 GbE and 1 GbE up to 100 meters
  • CAT 6: 10 GbE up to 55 meters, 1 GbE up to 100 meters
  • CAT5e: 1 GbE up to 100 meters (10 GbE not recommended)

Physical specifications

The Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter has the following physical specifications:

  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in)
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in)
  • Width: 16 mm (0.6 in)
  • Weight: 127 g (0.28 lb)

The Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT adapter has the following physical specifications:
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

The Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT adapter has the following physical specifications:
  • Height: 70 mm (2.7 in)
  • Length: 150 mm (5.9 in)
  • Width: 17.3 mm (0.7 in)

Shipping dimensions (all adapters):
  • Length: 290 mm (11.5 in)
  • Width: 251 mm (8.2 in)
  • Height: 51 mm (2.3 in)
  • Weight: 0.4 kg (0.89 lb)

Operating environment

The Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter is supported in the following environment

  • Operating temperature: 0 °C to 55 °C (32 °F to 131 °F)
  • Storage temperature: -40 °C to 65 °C (-40 °F to 149 °F)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

The Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT adapter and Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT adapter are supported in the following environment:
  • Temperature:
    • 0 - 914 m (0 - 3,000 ft): 10 - 35 °C (50 - 95 °F)
    • 914 - 2,133 m (3,000 - 7,000 ft): 10 - 32 °C (50 - 90 °F)
  • Relative humidity: 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)

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 2. Server compatibility

X5 and M4 servers with Xeon v1 processors
X6 and M4 servers with Xeon v2 processors
Part
number
Description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3530 M4 (7160, E5-2400 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3630 M4 (7158, E5-2400 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 BD (5466)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
x3750 M4 (8752)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (3837)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
44T1370Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
00D2026Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
N
N
49Y7910Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y

See IBM ServerProven® for the latest information about the adapters supported by each System x server type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Popular configurations

Figure 3 shows adapter installed in a supported rack server. The servers are connected to a 10Gb Ethernet network using a pair of 10Gb Ethernet switches.

Popular configuration
Figure 3. Popular configuration

Table 3 lists the parts used.

Table 3. Components used (Figure 3)

Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1VariesSupported server (See Table 2.)2
244T1370Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter2
Varies10Gb Ethernet Switch2

Agency approvals

The adapters have the following agency approvals:

  • 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

Supported operating systems

The adapters support the following operating systems.

Broadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition U10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition U10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition Update 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition Update 5, with KVM
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T Update 3
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86 Update 3
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi) U3
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi) U1
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbaseT Adapter:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter
  • 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 Server 2012 R2
  • 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 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 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (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
27 December 2011

Last Update
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