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Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X540

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X540

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X540 host Intel's latest Ethernet silicon, the Intel Ethernet Controller X540, which is used by many OEMs as a single chip solution for LAN on Motherboard (LOM) to deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) on the latest server platforms. With the new Intel X540 Controller, the MAC and the PHY are integrated into a single-chip solution.

The Intel X540 family of products works with existing networks today, including legacy Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches and Cat 6A cabling. Install the Intel X540 adapter into a server and the auto-negotiation between 1GbE and 10GbE provides the necessary backwards compatibility that most customers require for a smooth transition and easy migration to 10GbE. When time and budget allow, 10GBASE-T switches can be added anytime to experience the full benefits of 10GbE. 10GBASE-T uses familiar copper twisted pair cables and is the easiest and most versatile 10GbE for deployment anywhere in the data center. Its flexible reach from 1 meter to 100 meters supports the latest network architectures including Top of Rack (ToR), Middle of Row (MoR), and End of Row (EoR).

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Datasheet X540 Family
Product Brief


X540 Series Features
  • Low cost, Low power, 10GbE performance for the entire data center
  • Standard CAT-6a cabling with RJ45 connectors
  • Backward compatibility with existing 1000BASE-T networks simplifies the transition to 10GbE
  • Flexible I/O virtualization for port partitioning and quality of service (QoS) of up to 64 virtual ports
  • Unified networking delivering LAN, iSCSI, and FCoE in one low cost CNA
  • Industry first Dual-Port 10GBASE-T adapter with single-chip solution with integrated MAC + PHY
  • Reliable and proven 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology from Intel Corporation

General Specifications
  • Cable Medium: Copper
  • Cabling Type: RJ-45 Category-6 up to 55m; Category-6A
    up to 100m
  • Bracket Height: Low Profile & Full Height
  • Max TDP: 13.4W (X540-T2)
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2012*,
    Windows 8*, Windows Server 2008 R2*, Windows 7*, Windows Server 2008* SP2, Windows Vista* SP2, Windows Server 2003 R2*, Windows Server 2003* SP2, Linux* Stable Kernel version
    3.x, 2.6,x, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 5, 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 10, 11, FreeBSD 9*, VMware ESX/ESXi*

Advanced Technologies
  • Intel Data Direct I/O Technology
  • Intelligent Offloads
  • Storage Over Ethernet: iSCSI, FCoE, NFS

Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity
  • On-chip QoS and Traffic Management
  • Flexible Port Partitioning
  • Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq)
  • PCI-SIG* SR-IOV Capable

Networking Specifications
  • # of Ports: Single (X540-T1) or Dual (X540-T2)
  • System Interface Type: PCIe v2.1 (5.0GT/s)
  • Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (VT-c)
  • Speed & Slot Width: 5.0GT/s, x8 Lane
  • Controller: Intel X540

Package Specifications
  • Low Halogen Options Available: See MDDS

Intel X540 Ethernet Controllers
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