Intel I340-F4 Quad-Port PCIe Ethernet Server Adapter (Pack of 1)

Intel I340-F4 Quad-Port PCIe Ethernet Server Adapter (Pack of 1)

Intel I340-F4 Quad-Port PCIe Ethernet Server Adapter (Pack of 1)


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The I340-F4 Quad-Port PCIe Ethernet Server Adapter (Pack of 1) from Intel features a fully integrated quad-port and a PCIe Gen2 GbE controller, providing a smaller footprint and lower power dissipation. In addition, it offers advanced features like support for multi-core processors and server virtualization as well as a scalable PCI Express Gen 2.0 interface

Designed for Multi-Core Processors
This quad-port adapter provides high-performing, multi-port Gigabit connectivity in multi-core platforms as well as virtualized environments. In a multi-core platform, the adapter supports technologies such as MSI-X and Low Latency Interrupts, which help accelerate data across the platform, improving application response times.
The I/O technologies on a multi-core platform utilize the multiple queues and multiple interrupt vectors available on the network controller. These queues and interrupt vectors help in load balancing the data and interrupts amongst themselves in order to lower the load on the processor and improve overall system performance. For example, depending upon the latency sensitivity of the data, the "Low Latency Interrupts" feature can bypass the time interval for specific TCP ports or for flagged packets to give certain types of data streams the least amount of latency to the application.

Intel I/O Acceleration Technology
(Intel I/OAT) is a suite of features that improves data acceleration across the platform, from networking devices to the chipset and processors, which helps to improve system performance and application response times. The different features include MSI-X and Low Latency Interrupts. MSI-X helps in load balancing I/O interrupts across multiple processor cores, while Low Latency Interrupts can provide certain data streams a non-modulated path directly to the application.

Support for iSCSI
With native iSCSI initiators built into Microsoft Windows, Linux and VMware ESX platforms, Intel Ethernet server adapters provide a simple, dependable and cost-effective way to connect to LANs and iSCSI SANs. These native initiators are broadly tested using multiple generations of operating systems, storage systems and OS tools to ensure reliability and ease-of-use. Standardizing on Intel Ethernet server adapters for iSCSI allows administrators to use a single initiator, TCP/IP stack and set of management tools and IT policies. In addition, the I340 server adapter includes a number of hardware features designed to accelerate iSCSI traffic and enhance data processing. For example, TCP segmentation offload, receive side coalescing (RSC) and checksum offload capabilities help reduce processor utilization, increase throughput and deliver exceptional iSCSI performance.
The adapters are designed to flexibly scale workloads across multi-core processor-based systems. Finally, using native OS initiators, an Intel Ethernet I340 Server Adapter enables support for the CRC-32 digest instruction set included in the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, which improves transmission reliability and thus delivers an enterprise-class iSCSI solution for the IT customer.

Optimized for Virtualization
The Intel Ethernet I340 Server Adapter showcases a suite of hardware assists that improves overall system performance by lowering the I/O overhead in a virtualized environment. This optimizes CPU usage, reduces system latency and improves I/O throughput. These features include:
• Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq)
• Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel I/OAT)
Use of multi-port adapters in a virtualized environment provides redundancy and data connectivity for applications/workloads in the virtual machines. Due to the need for redundancy and data connectivity, it is recommended that a virtualized physical server needs at least six GbE ports to satisfy the I/O requirement demands.

Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq)
VMDq reduces I/O overhead on the hypervisor in a virtualized server by performing data sorting and coalescing in the network silicon. VMDq technology makes use of multiple queues in the network controller. As data packets enter the network adapter, they are sorted, and packets traveling to the same destination (or virtual machine) are grouped together in a single queue. The packets are then sent to the hypervisor, which directs them to their respective virtual machines. Relieving the hypervisor of packet filtering and sorting improves overall CPU usage and throughput levels.

Reliable Performance
The server adapter includes a number of advanced features that enables it to provide industry-leading quad-port 1GbE performance and reliability.
• PCIe* v2.0 (5 GT/s)
PCIe v2.0 (5 GT/s) support enables customers to take full advantage of the 1 GbE by providing a maximum of 2.0 Gbps bi-directional throughput per port on a single quad-port card.
The new Intel Ethernet I340 Server Adapter delivers ultimate flexibility and scalability for today's demanding virtualized data center environments.

Intel Gigabit Controller with PCIe v2.0 Support
•Smallest non-bridged PCIe Gen2 quad-port 1 GbE controller
•Enables customers to take full advantage of 1 GbE by providing maximum bi-directional throughput per port on a single quad-port adapter
Standard Height
•Enables higher bandwidth and throughput from standard PCIe slots and servers
iSCSI Remote Boot Support
•Provides centralized storage area network (SAN) management at a low cost
Load Balancing on Multiple CPUs
•Increases performance on multi-processor systems by efficiently balancing network loads across CPU cores when used with Scalable I/O on Linux
Compatible with x4, x8, x16 Standard & Low-Profile PCIe Slots
•Enables quad-port operation in almost any PCIe server slot, except x1 slots
Multi-Port Design
•Allows each port to operate without interfering with others
Support for most Network Operating Systems
•Enables widespread deployment
RoHS Compliant
•Compliant with the European Union directive 2002/95/EC to reduce use of hazardous materials
Intel PROSet Utility for Windows Device Manager
•Provides point-and-click management of individual adapters, advanced adapter features, connection teaming and virtual local area network (VLAN) configuration

I/O Features

MSI-X Support
•Minimizes the overhead of interrupts
•Allows load balancing of interrupt handling between multiple cores/CPUs
Low Latency Interrupts
•Based on the sensitivity of the incoming data, the adapter can bypass the automatic moderation of time intervals between the interrupts
Header Splits & Replication in Receive
•Helps the driver focus on the relevant part of the packet without the need to parse it
Multiple Queues: 8 Queues per Port
•Network packet handling without waiting or buffer overflow, thereby providing efficient packet prioritization
Tx/Rx IP,SCTP, TCP and UDP Checksum Offloading (IPv4, IPv6) Capabilities
•Lower processor usage
•Checksum and segmentation capability extended to a new standard packet type
Tx TCP Segmentation Offload (IPv4, IPv6)
•Increased throughput and lower processor usage
•Compatible with large-send offload feature (in Microsoft Windows Server OS)
Scalable I/O for Linux Environments (IPv4, IPv6, TCP/UDP)
•This technology enables the direction of the interrupts to the processor cores, in order to improve the CPU usage rate

Virtualization Features

•Offloads the data-sorting functionality from the hypervisor to the network silicon, improving data throughput and the CPU usage
•Sorting based on MAC addresses and VLAN tags
Advanced Packet Filtering
•24 exact-matched packets (unicast or multicast)
•4096-bit hash filter for unicast and multicast frames
•Lower processor usage
•Promiscuous (unicast or multicast) transfer mode support
•Optional filtering of invalid frames
VLAN Support with VLAN Tag Insertion
•Stripping and packet filtering for up to 4096 tags
•Ability to create multiple VLAN segments

Manageability Features

Advanced Filtering Abilities
•Supports extended L2, L3 and L4 filtering for traffic routing to BMC
•Supports MAC address, VLAN, ARP, IPv4, IPv6, RMCP UDP ports and UDP/TCP filtering
•Supports flexible header filtering
•Enables the BMC to share the MAC address with the host OS
Wake-on-LAN Support
•Packet recognition and wake-up for LAN on motherboard applications without software configuration
Watchdog Timer
•Gives an indication to the manageability firmware or external devices that the chip or driver is not functioning
IEEE 1588 Precision Time Control Protocol
•Time synch capability synchronizes internal clocks according to a network master clock
•HW time stamping of IEEE 1588 precision time protocol packets for increased accuracy
Direct Cache Access
•The I/O device activates a pre-fetch engine in the CPU that loads the data into the CPU cache ahead of time, before use, eliminating cache misses and reducing CPU load
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Intel I340-F4 Quad-Port PCIe Ethernet Server Adapter (Pack of 1)
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    Intel I340-F4 specs

    Connectors RJ45, LC fiber optic
    Cabling Type MMF 62.5/50 um
    Data Rate Supported Per Port 10/100/1000 Mbps
    Bus Type PCI Express 2.0 (5 GT/s)
    Bus Width 4-lane PCIe, operable in x4, x8 and x16 slots
    IEEE Standards/Network Topology IEEE 802.3 10 BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
    Interrupt Levels INTA, INTB, INTC, INTD, MSI, MSI-X
    Hardware Certifications FCC B, UL, CE, VCCI, BSMI, CTICK, KCC
    Power Consumption 4.5 W
    Distance Cabling: Up to 300 m
    Operating Temperature 32 to 131°F (0 to 55°C)
    Storage Temperature -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
    Humidity 90% non condensing relative humidity at 95°F (35°C)
    LED Not illuminated: 10 Mbps
    Green: 100 Mbps
    Amber: 1 Gbps
    Advanced Software Features Adapter fault tolerance (AFT)
    Switch fault tolerance (SFT)
    Adaptive load balancing (ALB)
    Teaming support
    IEEE 802.3ad (link aggregation control protocol)
    Test switch configuration
    PCIe hot plug/ active peripheral component interconnect
    IEEE 802.1Q VLANs
    IEEE 1588 precision time control, time synch capability synchronizes internal clocks
    according to a network master clock
    IEEE 802.3 2005 flow control support
    Tx/Rx IP (Internet protocol), TCP (Transmission control protocol) & UDP (user datagram protocol) checksum offloading (IPv4, IPv6) capabilities
    IEEE 802.1p
    TCP segmentation/ large send offload
    MSI-X supports multiple independent modules
    IPv6 offloading, checksum and segmentation capability extended to a new standard type
    NOS Software Support • Windows Vista SP2
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2
    • Windows Unified Storage Solution 2003
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows 7
    • Linux Stable Kernel version 2.6
    • Linux RHEL 4.8.
    • Linux RHEL 5.4
    • Linux SLES 10 SP3
    • Linux SLES 11
    • FreeBSD 8.0
    • FreeBSD 7.2
    • UEFI 2.1
    • VMware ESX 4.x
    Dimensions L x W: 5.33 x 4.376" (13.64 x 11.12 cm)
    Full-height end bracket: 4.725" (12 cm)

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