SOURCE: Solarflare Communications

Solarflare Communications

May 18, 2010 08:00 ET

Solarflare Samples the Industry's First 40nm Quad-Port 10GBASE-T PHY Chip

SFT9104 Achieves 100 Meter Reach at One-Third the Power Consumption of Competitive Solutions

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Solarflare Communications, the pioneer in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), announced today it has begun sampling the industry's first 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip. Solarflare's fourth-generation PHY, the SFT9104, developed at its labs in Orange County, CA, has passed testing on links up to 100 meters, meeting a critical requirement in the 10GBASE-T standard for broad deployment. Combined with its ultra-low power and unique data center features, the SFT9104 enables a new class of high-density modular switches and servers, setting a new performance and cost point for 10GbE connectivity.

Solarflare's multi-patented breakthrough architecture delivers industry-leading performance at one-third the power consumption of competitive offerings. Under normal 100 meter operation, the SFT9104 consumes just 2.5 watts per port. The chip has multiple data center power modes including a 1.5 watts ultra-low power and latency mode for in-the-rack applications. The SFT9104 is fully backwards compatible with both 1000BASE-T and 100BASE-TX enabling seamless integration while preserving investments in existing infrastructures.

"We have achieved the power, density, performance and cost required to accelerate the mass adoption of 10GbE," said Russell Stern, CEO of Solarflare. "Delivering quad-port PHYs at 2.5 watts per port makes the SFT9104, by far, the lowest-power and easiest 10GBASE-T part for our customers to integrate into their designs."

The SFT9104 is sampling now to key customers and will be in production in Q4 CY2010.

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About Solarflare Communications, Inc.
Solarflare Communications is the leading provider of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) silicon and server adapters. Solarflare's robust and power-efficient solutions are cost effective and easy to deploy. Ready for primetime, Solarflare 10GbE products and OpenOnload™ middleware make possible next-generation applications such as low-latency networking for market data applications, cloud computing, server virtualization, and network convergence. Solarflare 10GbE adapters have proven their performance in testing conducted by Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) Research with Cisco switches and Cisco and IBM servers. Solarflare silicon can be found in switches, adapters and test equipment shipping from Dell, SMC Networks and others. The company has announced partnerships with Arista Networks, Citrix, Cloudsoft, CommScope, Delta Networks, Panduit, Solace Systems, SR Labs and VMware. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California, has an R&D site in Cambridge, UK and sales offices in Taiwan and China. For more information, please visit

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