Through December, Aquantia introduced that it will be launching two multi-gigabit NICs into the market place, giving two.5G/5G capacity on equally and one with 10GBase-T as effectively. We have been informed that sector companions would announce solutions with the chips in due class, and on Kaby Lake start day we noticed ASRock announce a pair of motherboards to appear with the chips. GIGABYTE is also joining the fray, with a PCIe card to be possibly bundled with potential motherboards or supplied as a standalone solution.
The GIGABYTE solution is a PCIe three. card showcasing a solitary 10G port, which allows for fifty percent-height and entire-height PCIe slots. Only an AQC107 model was at the present for 10G, and it was not clear if a two.5G/5G model employing the AQC108 would be inbound, but at this place in time GIGABYTE is preserving its cards shut to its upper body.
Aside from exhibiting it exists, not much else was supplied – if it will be offered standalone, or what the extra rate will be. The appealing issue for us to figure out is the BOM charge (invoice of materials) for the Aquantia chips – Aquantia has talked about that they want to undercut 10G solutions drastically, and assist drive multi-gigabit ethernet to equally the Computer system and the backhaul of a property or organization community. Having PCIe cards you can slot in surely can help, and we talked about to GIGABYTE that if this card hits the market place in the $eighty-$one hundred vary for a solitary port, that would assist (and any less costly would indicate it will fly off the cabinets).
A huge issue with multi-gigabit ethernet, particularly two.5G/5G, is the availability of customer-quality switches and hubs. We could possibly have to wait around an additional 12-eighteen months for these to appear by way of, and all over again, pricing is a issue below. Aquantia has reported they are doing work with the significant gamers in that area, but it will be up to them to announce products.
I’ve informed GIGABYTE that when the cards are readily available, I will consider a number of for testing. I’m slowly but surely setting up up a sizable stack of 10GBase-T controllers, and we could possibly start hunting into relevant networking assessments for them for comparisons. Any recommendations, remember to enable us know.