Among the first products that SMC will launch based on Solarflare components is a family of 10 Gigabit NIC products, which it expects to introduce in the first half of this year.
The first wave of SMC products will also include 10GBASE-T switches based on Solarflare's 10Xpress PHY, 10G optical server adapters based on Solarflare's Solarstorm controller silicon, and 10GBASE-T server adapters based on both the Solarstorm and 10Xpress silicon.
The products are expected to enable the economical adoption of high-performance 10 Gigabit infrastructures this year, according to the companies.
"Working together, SMC and Solarflare will deliver the standards-compliant products necessary to drive the adoption of 10G Ethernet, not just at the physical layer, but all the way up the networking stack," says Russell Stern, president and chief executive officer of Solarflare. "This strategic partnership will accelerate application and OS performance through low cost and simple hardware and software solutions."
"In our 5-year forecast report on 10 Gigabit Ethernet, we expect port shipments will increase from 300K to almost 12M in 2011," offers Seamus Crehan, senior director of Ethernet switching researcg at the Dell'Oro Group. "With the advent of 10GBASE-T, we expect 10 Gigabit Ethernet to be a viable and cost effective option for higher volume applications for enterprise and data center networks."