Broadcom NX-E 10GBASE-T AdaptersProduct Guide

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13 Nov 2017
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Abstract

The Broadcom NX-E 10Gb Base-T Ethernet Adapters are dual-port 10GBASE-T adapters that are fully compliant with the IEEE 802.3an standard and provide a low-cost solution for 10 Gb Ethernet using copper wiring.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the Broadcom adapters and their key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the adapters and consider their use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the November 13 update:

Introduction

The Broadcom NX-E 10Gb Base-T Ethernet Adapters are dual-port 10GBASE-T adapters that are fully compliant with the IEEE 802.3an standard and provide a low-cost solution for 10 Gb Ethernet using copper wiring. The adapters are available in either ML2 form factor or PCIe low-profile form factor for use in Lenovo ThinkSystem servers.

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter.

ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter

Did you know?

10GBASE-T is a low-cost way to enter the 10 Gb Ethernet space. By using standard UTP twisted pair cabling, you eliminate the need for transceivers or fiber optic cabling.

The Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter is a special mezzanine LAN-on-motherboard (mezzanine LOM) form factor adapter that also supports the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) for communication with the server's onboard XClarity Controller (XCC) management processor. This support enables the sharing the network interface with the XCC and the operating system, thereby eliminating the need for a separate management network.

Part number information

The following table provides the ordering information.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
7ZT7A00497 AUKQ ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter
7ZT7A00496 AUKP ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter

The adapter option part numbers include the following items:

  • One Ethernet adapter with RJ45 connectors
  • Full-height (3U) bracket (PCIe adapter only) and low-profile (2U) bracket
  • Installation and warranty documentation

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter.

ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter
Figure 2. ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter

Network cabling requirements

The network cables that can be used with the adapters are as follows:

  • 10GBASE-T
    • UTP Category 7 (100 m maximum)
    • UTP Category 6a (100 m maximum)
    • UTP Category 6 (55 m maximum)

The following table lists the supported Category 6 (CAT 6) cables.

Table 2. CAT6 cables
Part number Feature code Description
CAT6 Green Cables
00WE123 AVFW 0.75m CAT6 Green Cable
00WE127 AVFX 1.0m CAT6 Green Cable
00WE131 AVFY 1.25m CAT6 Green Cable
00WE135 AVFZ 1.5m CAT6 Green Cable
00WE139 AVG0 3m CAT6 Green Cable
90Y3718 A1MT 10m CAT6 Green Cable
90Y3727 A1MW 25m CAT6 Green Cable
CAT6 Blue Cables
90Y3721 A1MU 10m CAT6 Blue Cable
90Y3730 A1MX 25m CAT6 Blue Cable
CAT6 Yellow Cables
90Y3724 A1MV 25m CAT6 Yellow Cable

Specifications

The adapters have the following specifications:

  • Dual-channel 10 Gbps Ethernet controller
    • 10GBASE-T IEEE 802.3an support
    • 1000BASE-T IEEE 802.3ab support
  • Based on the Broadcom BCM957416A4160C adapter and BCM57416 controller
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6
  • Broadcom TruFlow flow processing engine
  • PCI Express 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Form factor:
    • ML2 form factor (7ZT7A00497)
    • PCIe low-profile form factor (7ZT7A00496)

Virtualization features

  • SR-IOV support with up to 128 VFs
  • VXLAN, NVGRE, Geneve, GRE encapsulation and decapsulation
  • vSwitch acceleration
  • Multiqueue, NetQueue, and VMQ
  • Tunnel-aware stateless offloads
  • Message Signal Interrupts (MSI-X) support

Ethernet and NIC features:

  • IPv4 and IPv6 offloads
  • TCP, UDP, and IP checksum offloads
  • Large Send Offload (LSO)
  • Large Receive Offload (LRO)
  • TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO)
  • Receive-side Scaling (RSS)
  • Transmit-side Scaling (TSS)
  • VLAN insertion/removal
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Jumbo frames up to 9 KB
  • Network boot-PXE, UEFI
  • iSCSI boot

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA):

  • Supports RDMA over converged Ethernet (RoCE) specifications

Data Center Bridging / Converged Enhanced Ethernet (DCB/CEE):

  • Hardware Offloads of Ethernet TCP/IP
  • 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • 802.1 Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
  • 802.1 Qaz Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX)

Management:

  • SMBus 2.0
  • MCTP over SMBus
  • NC-SI support (ML2 adapter only)

Server support

The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 3. ThinkSystem server support
Part
number
Description 2S Rack & Tower  4S Rack Dense/
Blade
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y03/7Y04)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SD530 (7X21)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
7ZT7A00497 ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E ML2 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter N Y Y Y* Y* Y Y Y Y* Y N N N
7ZT7A00496 ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter Y Y Y Y* Y* Y Y Y Y* Y Y N N

* Support is planned for 4Q/2017

Operating system support

The adapters support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 with XEN
  • VMware ESXi 6.0
  • VMware ESXi 6.5

Physical specifications

The adapters have the following physical specifications:

The PCIe low profile adapters dimensions has the following specifications (approximate, without bracket):

  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Width: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Height: 15 mm (0.6 in.)

The ML2 adapter has the following physical specifications:

  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

Operating environment

These adapters are supported in the following environment:

  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 65°C
  • Storage humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Warranty

One-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported Lenovo server, these cards assume the servers’s base warranty and any warranty upgrade.

Agency approvals

The adapters conform to the following standards:

  • CE/European Union EN60950-1
  • UL/USA UL60950-1
  • CTUVus UL
  • Canada: CSA 22.2 No. 950
  • Taiwan: CNS14336 Class A
  • EN55022:2010 + *AC:2011 Class A
  • EN55024 Class A
  • FCC CFR47, Part 15 Class A
  • Canada: ICES-003 Class A
  • Australia, New Zealand: EN 5022:2010 + *AC:2011
  • Taiwan: BSMI CNS13438 Class A
  • South Korea: MIC RRL KN22 Class A
  • South Korea: KN24 (ESD)
  • Japan: VCCI V-3 04/2014
  • EN55024:2010 Air/Direct discharge

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The following 10GBASE-T 10Gb Ethernet top-of-rack switches are supported.

Table 4. 10Gb Ethernet top-of-rack switches with 10GBASE-T support
Part number Description
7159B1X Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1032T RackSwitch (Rear to Front)
7159C1X Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1072T RackSwitch (Rear to Front)

For more information, see the Lenovo Press Product Guides in the 10Gb top-of-rack switch category:
https://lenovopress.com/networking/tor/10gb

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