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Cisco Adapter/Broadcom 5709 Dual-Port Ethnet

  • 4 Ethernet Ports
  • Broadcom BCM5709C Controller
  • PCI Express
  • Low profile 5.8 x 2.5in
  • Link Aggregation and Load Balancing

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    Cisco Adapter/Broadcom 5709 Dual-Port Ethnet Product Description


    The Broadcom NetXtreme II 5709 Gigabit Server Adapter is a new class of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) adapter able to simultaneously perform accelerated networking and storage networking on standard Ethernet. The NetXtreme II is a family of Converged Network Interface Controllers (C-NICs) with superior design. These devices also support teaming and failover to improve network application performance and provide server redundancy.

    Broadcom validates its network interface cards over a variety of operating systems and platforms ensuring compatibility and interoperability. This Gigabit Ethernet adapter card takes full advantage of the PCI Express bus architecture to maximize network throughput. Teaming enables Smart Load Balancing to help increase throughput and fault tolerance when multiple adapters are configured to work together as a team to share traffic and provide data reliability with failover.

    Host Bus Adapter (HBA) functionality on the NetXtreme II 5709 Adapter supports Accelerated iSCSI. This converges block storage and network processing over standard TCP infrastructure, eliminating the need for a separate storage adapter and cabling while providing fibre channel comparable performance and reliability at a fraction of the cost. There is no need to maintain a separate storage infrastructure and no need for additional training.

    The NetXtreme II 5709 Adapter features TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) technology for Windows which reduces the server CPU utilization and improves application performance. TOE offloads the TCP protocol processing from the server CPU onto the server adapter. This preserves valuable CPU cycles for applications processing and improves overall server performance and network efficiency. Receive Side Scaling (RSS) also enables packet receive processing to scale with the number of available processors.

    The NetXtreme II 5709 Adapter helps preserve your existing networking environment: operating systems, network administration tools, core cabling, personnel training, etc., while improving server efficiency and networking application performance. Major operating systems are supported, including Microsoft® Windows and Linux, and the TOE and RSS functionality is fully integrated in the Microsoft Server 2003 Scalable Networking Pack. In addition, the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 3 (BACS3) provides an unprecedented level of governance across your entire network, enabling detailed tests, analyses, and diagnostics to be performed for each network adaptor installed in your system. In addition, BACS3 includes utilities to help you configure VLANs and set up teams for link aggregation, Smart Load Balancing and Failover, Generic Trunking, and more.


    • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) for Windows, significantly reduces CPU utilization
    • Optimizes server efficiency and improves network performance
    • Total Ethernet compatibility: standard TCP/IP implementation
    • Teaming and failover ensure Smart Load Balancing and data availability
    • Host Bus Adapter (HBA) functionality supporting Accelerated iSCSI
    • Auto negotiation of speed ensures highest available throughput.


    • Controller        - Broadcom BCM5709C
    • Data Path        - Four lanes (x4)
    • Bus Architecture    - PCI Express
    • Form Factor        - Low profile 5.8 x 2.5in.
    • Data Rate        - Auto-Negotiate 10/100/1000 Mbps
    • Ethernet Ports        - Four
    • On-Chip Memory        - 92 KB
    • Cabling            - Category 5
    • Connector        - RJ-45
    • Maximum Cable Length     - 100 meters
    • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE)
    • Host Bus Adapter functionality for iSCSI support
    • Receive Side Scaling
    • TCP, IP, UDP Checksum
    • TCP Segmentation
    • 802.1q VLAN Tagging
    • IPMI management pass-through capability
    • Link Aggregation and Load Balancing
    • Heterogeneous Teaming
    • Jumbo Frames
    • IPv4 and IPv6 iSCSI Offload support

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    Technical Specifications


    Data Link Protocol 10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN, GigE
    Ports Gigabit Ethernet x 2
    Connectivity Technology Wired
    Cabling Type Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX, Ethernet 1000Base-T
    Data Transfer Rate 1 Gbps
    Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI/NetBIOS, IP/IPX
    Features Auto-negotiation, load balancing, wake on LAN (WOL), IPv6 support, Jumbo Frames support
    Compliant Standards IEEE 802.2, IEEE 802.3z, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3ad (LACP), IEEE 802.3p


    Interface (Bus) Type PCI Express x4
    Device Type Network adapter
    Form Factor Plug-in card

    Processor / Memory

    Processor 1 x BCM5709C - Broadcom

    Expansion / Connectivity

    Interfaces 2 x 1000Base-T - RJ-45
    Compatible Slots 1 x PCI Express x4


    Compliant Standards ACPI 2.0

    Software / System Requirements

    OS Required Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Microsoft Windows Server 2008

    Environmental Parameters

    Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
    Max Operating Temperature 55 °C

    Compatibility Information

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