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NetXen Launches Evaluation Program for Volume 10GbE Adapters, Quad Port 1GbE Adapters

NetXen, Inc., the leader in volume 10-Gigabit Ethernet server connectivity, today launched a product evaluation program featuring its new line of Dual Port 10GbE and Quad Port 1GbE adapters, which provide industry-leading price/performance. The program gives qualified datacenter infrastructure managers a quick and easy way to evaluate NetXen’s newest Intelligent NICs® in their own network environments for 45 days with no obligation.

NetXen's Dual Port 10Gb Ethernet SFP+ Adapters support the PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 standard and are offered with pluggable SFP+ optical interface (SR) or direct attach copper twinax cabling options. With a list price of sub-$300 per port, they are the most cost-effective 10GbE adapters currently on the market.

The evaluation program also includes NetXen’s Quad 1GbE adapter, which is affordably priced at just $259 list. It is the industry’s only true native quad port design, not requiring a PCIe bridge to combine two dual port devices. The NetXen adapters are based on proven Intelligent NIC technology, whose quality and reliability has been hardened by OEMs such as HP and IBM, and the most strenuous end user deployments.

"Our new dual port 10GbE SFP+ adapters are highly cost-effective 10Gig NICs and ideal for server consolidation, virtualization and unified datacenter networks," said Chuck Tybur, vice president of worldwide sales for NetXen. "Now, by adding these products to our evaluation program, we're giving users the opportunity to test the next generation of Ethernet adapters. They will be able to validate 10Gig performance and functionality in their own environments and to empirically establish the cost savings benefits of deploying NetXen solutions for either 10GbE or 1GbE."

Delivering Network I/O Performance for PCI Express Gen2 Platforms

The NetXen Dual Port SFP+ Adapter has established a new high water mark for 10GbE throughput performance. The solution achieved 22 Gbps of aggregate throughput using 1500-byte packets in a PCIe 2.0 system. This represents a 60 percent improvement over the industry’s previous best-in-class Windows throughput performance.

NetXen’s Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 2.0 Adapters are offered with support for pluggable SFP+ optical interfaces (SR) or copper twinax cabling. Both versions are available immediately through the NetXen Evaluation Program, in addition to the NX3-4GBT Quad 1GbE adapter. For more information, go to http://www.netxen.com/products/evalprogram.html.

About NetXen, Inc.

NetXen, Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures intelligent 10-Gigabit Ethernet networking chips that advance enterprise datacenter performance and agility. Founded in February 2002 by chip design veteran Govind Kizhepat, the company is headquartered in Cupertino, California, with offices in Pune and Bangalore, India. NetXen's protocol- and OS-agnostic Intelligent NICs are designed for volume 10-Gigabit deployments and are targeted at server, storage, security and networking systems. Additional information about the company and its patented chip architecture is available at www.netxen.com.

NetXen, the NetXen logo, and Intelligent NIC are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetXen, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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