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FastLinQ® Converged Network Adapters

FastLinQ® CNA Adapters

Overview

Cavium™ FastLinQ®41000/45000/8400 Series CNAs comprise multiple generations of high-performance Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that are ideally suited for enterprise-class data centers, public and private clouds, managed service providers (MSPs) and telco deployments. The FastLinQ Series include CNAs that support 10/25/40/50/100Gb Ethernet (10/25/40/50/100GbE) and provide key features that include Universal RDMA (concurrent RoCE and iWARP), server virtualization with NIC partitioning (NPAR) and single root IO virtualization (SR-IOV), network tunneling with stateless offload for Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE), Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) and Generic Network Virtulization Encapsulation (GENEVE), and network storage with iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offloads.

  • Industry-leading networking performance
  • Full hardware offload for FCoE and iSCSI protocol processing
  • Support for multiple concurrent protocols: L2, RDMA (41000/45000 Series Only), FCoE, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offloads
  • VLAN, teaming, jumbo frame, and stateless offload support
  • Cavium's NIC Partitioning (NPAR) that works with any Ethernet switch
  • Managed by QConvergeConsole and native OS-based management tools
  • Bullet-proof FCoE and iSCSI drivers that are common across all adapters
  • Compatible with existing Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage
  • PXE, UEFI, and iBFT boot support

Product Information

(Refer to Product Brief for Pack out details)

Part Number Bus Ports Speed Connection Type
QL41162HLRJ PCIe Gen3x8 2 10Gbps 10GBASE-T (RJ45 Copper)
QL41262HLCU PCIe Gen3x8 2 10Gb/25Gb SFP28: DAC, SR Optics
QL45462HLCU PCIe Gen3x16 2 40Gbps QSFP+: DAC, SR Optics
QLE8440-CU PCIe Gen3x8 1 10Gbps SFP+: SR-Optics, DAC
QLE8442-CU PCIe Gen3x8 2 10Gbps SFP+: SR-Optics, DAC
QLE8440-SR PCIe Gen3x8 1 10Gbps SFP+: SR-Optics, DAC
QLE8442-SR PCIe Gen3x8 2 10Gbps SFP+: SR-Optics, DAC
Product Literature
FastLinQ QL41000 Series

8th Generation 25G/10GE Ethernet Controllers

FastLinQ QL41162HLRJ

2x10G RJ45 PCIe Converged Network Adapters

FastLinQ QL41262HLCU

2x25G SFP Converged Network Adapter

FastLinQ QL45462HLCU

40GbE Converged Network Adapters

8400 Series

10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe Converged Network Adapters

NVMe over Universal RDMA Fabrics

NVMe-oF delivers the ultimate in choice and flexibility by enabling concurrent support for RoCE and iWARP universal RDMA, along with acceleration of workloads without burdening server CPU with FastLinQ NVMe-Direct technology.

iSER RDMA Accelerates Storage

Accelerate iSCSI storage with universal Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA).

NVMe Direct

Next-generation offload technology enables high-performance iSCSI-based external NVMe flash storage.

Network Function Virtualization Using Data Plane Developer's Kit

Enabling 25GbE to 100GbE virtual network functions with FastLinQ Intelligent Ethernet Adapters.

25GbE

Accelerate network performance and lower costs for enterprise data center and cloud environments.

Visualize I/O Connectivity for VMware vSphere

Cavium QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter simplifies and accelerates deployment and management.

Unified Adapter Management Across the Data Center

Cavium QConvergeConsole simplifies and accelerates deployment and management in Windows and Linux.

FastLinQ 3400 and 8400 Series 10GbE Adapters

Switch Independent NIC Partitioning FAQs

Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning

FastLinQ 3400 and 8400 Series 10GbE Adapters unleash the power of data Center servers.

Cavium Intelligent Ethernet Adapters Accelerate Hart's Network and Application Performance as Much as 10X

Hart dramatically accelerates application performance and achieves rapid, cost-effective scalability while significantly reducing deployment costs in their Big Data environment to successfully meet growth objectives.

FastLinQ 25GbE Intelligent Ethernet Adapters vs. Mellanox Adapters

FastLinQ QL45000 25GbE adapters provide maximum performance and flexible bandwidth management to optimize virtualized servers and networks.

FastLinQ 10GbE Intelligent Ethernet Adapters vs. Intel 10GbE Adapters

FastLinQ 3400/8400 adapters provide maximum performance and flexible bandwidth management to optimize virtualized servers and networks

Don't Lose Application Performance In an I/O Digital Traffic Jam

Intelligent Ethernet from Cavium improves performance by over 55%.

FastLinQ 10GbE Intelligent Ethernet Adapters vs. Mellanox 10GbE Adapters

FastLinQ 3400 and 8400 Series Adapters provide maximum performance and flexible bandwidth management to optimize virtualized servers and networks.

Establishing Adaptive Links with SmartAN Technology

SmartAN technology simplifies establishing a link to a switch, streamlines deployment and management, and delivers increased interoperability.

iWARP RDMA Here and Now

Cavium, Chelsio, and Intel collaborated to present the benefits of iWARP with RDMA.

Investment Protection with High-Performance 10GBASE-T from Cavium

Cavium FastLinQ adapters with 10GBASE-T connections provide investment protection to easily transition from 1GbE to 10GbE performance while reducing cost instead of migrating to the higher priced SFP+ optical connectivity.

Accelerate Live Migration with iWarp using Cavium FastLinQ 25GbE

Cavium FastLinQ 25GbE adapters with Universal RDMA accelerates Live Migration in Microsoft® Windows 2016 by up to 58% while reducing CPU utilization by up to 75%.

Adapter of Choice for Network Appliances and Embedded Systems

Gain control, optimize deployment flexibility, and scale application performance.

Cavium Adapters and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: Fibre Channel over Ethernet Configuration Guide

Review design guidelines for implementing a unified data center fabric using Cisco Nexus® 5000 Series Switches and Cavium second-generation converged network adapters.

Support
Warranty

Review warranty information for specific products.

Driver Downloads/Documentation

Download drivers, management tools, and documentation by model or operating system.

Media
Accelerating Network Virtualization Overlays with Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

ESG Lab tested the performance benefits of offloading tunneling for network virtualization overlays for 10GbE and 25GbE.

25GbE: The Future of Ethernet

Ixia and Cavium validate end-to-end interoperability of 25 Gigabit Ethernet.

Arista - 25G Ethernet: A New Standard for Network Connectivity

This paper explains why and shows how changes in demand, technology and network economics are working together to alter the networking landscape and how Arista and Cavium are working together, spearheading the effort to bring solutions to the market.

The Linley Group - Universal RDMA: A Unique Approach for Heterogeneous Data-Center Acceleration

Cavium’s FastLinQ stands out by handling both RoCE and iWARP, which are alternative protocols for RDMA over Ethernet.

Media and Analyst Coverage

Read the latest news about Cavium and our products.

FastLinQ Converged Network Adapter Models � QL41000 Family

Model

Bus Ports Connection Speed

QL41162HLRJ

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

2

RJ-45

10Gb

QL41262HLCU

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

2

SFP28

10Gb/25Gb

FastLinQ Converged Network Adapter Models � QL45000 Family

Model

Bus Ports Connection Speed
QL45462HLCU PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x16 2 QSFP+ 40Gb
FastLinQ Converged Network Adapter Models � E3 Family

Model

Bus Ports Connection Speed

QLE8440-SR

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

1

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8440-CU

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

1

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8442-SR

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8 2

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8442-CU

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8 2

SFP+

10Gb

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