Press Release


PORTWELL ANNOUNCES NEW PCI-E 2.0 QUAD COPPER GIGABIT
ETHERNET ADAPTER WITH BUILT-IN BYPASS FUNCTION
NIC-51240 delivers high performance, low power Gigabit network connectivity


FREMONT, CALIF—September 29, 2010—American Portwell Technology, Inc., (http://www.portwell.com) a wholly owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc., an innovative network solutions provider and an Associate member of the Intel Embedded Alliance announces the new NIC-51240 PCI-E Gen 2 (5Gbps) quad copper Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Based on the Intel® 82580EB controller, the NIC-51240 adapter includes a built-in watchdog timer (WDT) to switch to bypass mode for Ethernet ports on host system “hang” or power failure. Configuration of a selectable Normal/Bypass mode and software programmable WDT time-out setting is quick and easy.

Portwell’s new NIC-51240 also features both onboard LED and LED pin-out for LAN status and bypass mode to provide variable LED location for system integration; support for most network operating systems, including Linux®, FreeBSD® and Microsoft® Windows®; and PCI-E 2.0 x4 host interface. The new Ethernet adapter is PCI-E 2.0 5Gbps solution-ready and backward compatible with PCI-E 1.0 2.5Gbps bus. Its bypass function can be disabled completely for use as a regular Quad GbE port NIC-type adapter.

Available now, Portwell’s new NIC-51240 Ethernet adapter is the perfect solution for applications requiring increased throughput and High-Availability (HA) on server-based systems, Intrusion Prevention Server (IPS), Intrusion Detection Server (IDS), WAN optimization, security appliances and other mission-critical gateways.

Increased throughput with high performance and low power

“NIC-51240 is based on the Intel 82580EB Gigabit Ethernet controller and quad MAC/PHY,” says Mark Huang, American Portwell Technology’s product marketing manager. “Subsequently it is able to deliver high performance, low power Gigabit network connectivity. The PCI-E Gen2 offers a definite increase in throughput when compared with the PCI-E Gen 1. The inclusion of quad ports increases network reliability and the adapter’s support for most network operating systems allows for widespread deployment. In addition,” Huang adds, “NIC-51240’s built-in bypass mode (failure or power-off) enables the unit to bypass a failed system and provide maximum uptime for the network. The Intel 82580EB controller operates at an economically low powered 4.2W and VMDq support of 8TX and RX queues of up to 8 VMs per port helps reduce I/O bottlenecks and latency, and increase throughput.”

Performance enhancements and long product lifecycle support

According to Frank Shen, American Portwell’s product marketing director, the new NIC-51240 PCI-E 2.0 quad copper Gigabit Ethernet adapter is the perfect tool for customers who need a bypass function to integrate to existing hardware and for a network server that requires four or more Gigabit Ethernet ports. “Our new adapter features four 10/100/1000 copper ports with RJ45, supports Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (I/OAT),” confirms Shen, “and is RoHS compliant. It also able to provide performance enhancements on TCP/UDP and IP checksum offload,” he adds, “and UDP and TCP Transmit Segmentation Offload (TSO).”

“Our customers not only benefit from the most up-to-date technology and features,” Shen confirms, “but they also gain peace of mind from the long life cycle support inherent with every Portwell product.”


Product and Technical Contact

Mark Huang
Product Marketing Manager
American Portwell Technology, Inc.
510-403-3314
Mark@portwell.com

Media Contact
Susan Wei
Marketing Executive
American Portwell Technology, Inc.
510-403-3354
Susanw@portwell.com

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