NICs features Four 1 Gb Ethernet Ports, PCI-e Gen 2.0 x4, low power consumption and support multi-mode, or single mode fiber

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Interface Masters Introduces Low Cost Quad Port Fiber Gigabit Bypass Server Adapters based on Intel’s latest Ethernet controllers 82580 and 82576

NICs features Four 1 Gb Ethernet Ports, PCI-e Gen 2.0 x4, low power consumption and support multi-mode, or single mode fiber

San Jose, California, April 29th 2011 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, has announced two low cost 1 Gigabit Quad Port bypass server adapters based on Intel’s latest Ethernet controllers, 82580 and 82576. The product family includes Niagara 42284 and 32284, both of which are designed to integrate with PCI-express (PCI-e) based Inline Networking Appliances, including WAN Acceleration, UTM, DPI, SAN and NAS appliances, and IPS Systems, and Security and Monitoring Appliances such as Firewalls, IDS systems, and Analysis Probes. The Niagara 42284 and 32284 server adapters support Multi-Mode or Single-Mode fiber.

The new Niagara 42284 and Niagara 32284 Quad Port 1 Gigabit bypass NICs are based on the Intel 82580 and Intel 82576 respectively. Intel 82580 is the latest controller, and comes as a 1 GbE Quad MAC/PHY. The 82580 provides PCI-e 2.0 (5 GT/s) support, low power 2.7W operation, per packet time-stamping, and intelligent queue support (including virtual machine data queues) optimized for multi-core processors. The 82580 also offers VLAN tag insertion, stripping and packet filtering for up to 4096 VLAN tags, Transmit and receive IP, TCP and UDP checksum offloading capabilities and extensive power management features. In addition, the controller possesses specialized features including jumbo frame size of 9.5 KB, load-balancing of network traffic flow, IPv6 Offloading, Receive Side Scaling (RSS), and Direct Cache Access. Intel 82580 has broad OS support including Windows, Linux and Free BSD. Intel 82576 is the latest 1 GbE Dual MAC/PHY providing high level networking features including PCI Express 2.0 (2.5GT/s) support, 10/100/1000 Based-T auto-negotiation capabilities, low power 2.8W operation, 16 Tx and 16 Rx Queues per port, enhanced virtualization, layer 2 & 3 security including IPSec & LinkSec, and Intel® I/OAT Acceleration v3.0.

“We are proud to announce these low cost and low power optical 1G bypass adapters based on the leading Intel technology that address the mission-critical uptime requirements of demanding security, storage and networking devices,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Niagara 42284 and 32284 shows Interface Masters’ commitment to provide industry-leading network bypass technology to achieve maximum uptime, line-rate throughput, and high port density at a premier price-performance.”

Niagara 42284 and Niagara 32284 provide features that are essential in today’s networking appliances:

  • Peak bandwidth 8 Gb/s on PCI Express bus
  • Handles 4 Gigabit per second traffic load
  • PCI-e x4 Gen 2.0
  • Multi Mode Fiber or Single Mode Fiber support
  • Full Height profile form factor
  • 13W maximum power
  • RoHS Compliant
  • EMC and FCC Class A Certifications


The Niagara 32284 is available today, while the Niagara 42284 will be available for evaluation late May for qualified projects and will be in full production early June 2011.

For volume pricing information, please contact the Interface Masters’ sales team at [email protected] or follow the links:

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters’ expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gb Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, SSL/IPSEC adapters, 10Gb media converters, embedded switch boards, 10GE Managed Switches, 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability.

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