Interface Masters Rolls Out Niagara 2266 Gigabit Ethernet Bypass NIC

Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, introduced the 6 port Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express Internal Bypass Network Interface Card (NIC). Based on Intel 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller, these NIC products are designed to support Gigabit rates and throughput for inline Internet Security appliances, WAN Acceleration Systems, Packet classification, QoS, Gateways and network servers. The Gigabit Bypass NIC, which is built on Interface Masters’ unique Bypass technology, protects the network in the event of power loss or software crash. All network traffic is made visible while eliminating data loss during network downtime. When power is restored, the monitoring ports return to active mode and the in-line device is allowed to resume its critical functions.

“Interface Masters is committed to its customers and will continue introducing reliable and cost effective products following customer requirements. We are continuously introducing new members and complementing the Gigabit Copper NIC bypass family by utilizing our expertise in networking and adding features and capabilities. The Niagara 2266 is well accepted and in production at several leading vendors in the UTM market, Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets,” said Ben Askarinam, Senior VP at Interface Masters Technologies. “We are currently in the final design stages of our Internal Intelligent Bypass line of products which will provide another lever of reliability to critical links in the network.”

The 6-port member can also be available as a regular 6-port Cooper Gigabit PCI Express NIC that supports up to 2.5 Gbps traffic per PCI Express lane. Each Ethernet port can drive up to 2 Gbps full duplex which totals to 12 Gbps. The Cooper Gigabit PCI Express family consists of dual-port and quad-port NICs that are offered in 2 main flavor combinations, Bypass and Security NIC, in which the security part is optional. The security NIC flavor is based on the Cavium CN-1010 and CN-1120.

The Niagara 2266 Internal Network Bypass provides the following features and capabilities:

  • The unique Interface Masters efficient and low power module
  • Intel’s 82571EB controller
  • Peak bandwidth 2.5 Gbps in each direction per PCI Express lane
  • Programmable “Close” or “Open” while in the power off state
  • Six integrated PHYs for 10/100/1000 Mb/s full- and half-duplex operation
  • IEEE 802.3ab, 802.3u, 802.3x compliant
  • Host offloading – TCP/IP/UDP checksum, TCP segmentation and advanced packet filtering
  • Six RJ45 Connectors

Availability
The Niagara 2266 Internal Gigabit Bypass NIC is available now and is targeted at Internet Service Providers (ISP), Telcos, and OEMs at the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM market, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration. The Niagara 2266 cost is $608 at volumes of above 100 units. For more information please contact Interface masters sales at sales@interfacemasters.com

About Interface Masters Technologies
Interface Masters Technologies is an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions. Established in 1997, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters Technologies is privately held, profitable and growing at a rate of 30% per year (2004 – YTD). Built on its patented technology, Interface Masters Technologies’ flagship product lines include internal, external and intelligent Network Bypass and failover systems that are targeted to increase the network reliability and availability of inline networking appliances. The company offers a variety of more than 70 products based on Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, copper and fibber-optic, specifically targeted at the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM systems, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, QoS, Packet Calcification and WAN Acceleration appliances. Company Headquarters is in San Jose, California with offices in Hong Kong, Germany and UK.