Intel: 10-GbE For The Masses
In addition to the new processors, Intel also unveiled its Ethernet Controller X540, which it called the industry’s first fully integrated 10GBASE-T controller. The X540, which targets low-cost, low-power LAN on motherboard (LOM) and converged network adapter (CNA) designs, is part of an Intel push to drive 10-GbE adoption by reducing costs.
The Intel Ethernet Controller X540 is backwards compatible with existing GbE networks. It features advanced I/O virtualization, and supports hardware-based optimizations for unified networking, including NFS, iSCSI, and FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). It is also optimized for new I/O enhancements in the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family, including Intel Data Direct I/O.