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NetXen-based 10-Gigabit Adapters Supporting Windows and Linux Offload Integrated with HP Servers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NetXen, Inc., a leading provider of breakthrough 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology and products, today announced that its NetXen-based 10GbE Multifunction Network Adapters supporting Windows and Linux offload have been integrated with the HP ProLiant DL and ML server lines.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ — NetXen, Inc., a leading provider of breakthrough 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology and products, today announced that its NetXen-based 10GbE Multifunction Network Adapters supporting Windows and Linux offload have been integrated with the HP ProLiant DL and ML server lines.

A new firmware upgrade for the NetXen adapters, expected to be available by the end of June, improves the efficiency of 10GbE-enabled servers by supporting both Microsoft TCP Chimney Offload and Linux Sockets Acceleration(TM).

The Microsoft TCP Chimney Offload architecture is a key performance driver for Windows Server 2003. It offloads TCP processing from the host CPU to NetXen's Intelligent NIC(R), enabling higher performance and greater CPU efficiency for processing network traffic. Linux Sockets Acceleration (LSA) delivers similar performance and efficiency benefits for Linux-based systems, providing network acceleration that requires no modifications to the kernel, host TCP stack or applications, and no recompile of the kernel for production servers.

"By providing network acceleration to both Linux and Windows users, NetXen technology simultaneously improves CPU efficiency and throughput for the two most popular OS platforms in the industry," said David Pulling, president, NetXen. "With the data center market moving rapidly to adopt 10Gb links, this cross-OS support is vital."

"HP works with leading industry vendors such as NetXen to integrate the latest advances in networking with the latest innovations in server technology," said Mike Gill, vice president, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "With the development of 10GbE offload for both Windows and Linux, HP ProLiant servers continue their leadership in enabling solutions that optimize performance and improve server efficiency so users can support more people, products and services."

The HP Multifunction Network Adapters for ProLiant DL and ML servers include the HP NC510C with a CX4 copper interface and the NC510F with an optical fiber interface. Both are capable of supporting a variety of protocols including TCP/IP, RDMA, and iSCSI.

The flexibility of NetXen's Intelligent NIC brings easily managed 10GbE technology to the forefront as the unifying technology for interconnecting servers, storage and clusters in the enterprise data center. NetXen's Intelligent NIC was recently awarded the prestigious Best of Interop 2007 Grand Prize.

Products and availability

NetXen's cross-platform offload technology will be available from HP as a free firmware and software upgrade for the HP NC510C and NC510F Network Adapters.

About NetXen

NetXen, Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures intelligent 10- Gigabit Ethernet networking chips that advance enterprise datacenter performance and agility. Founded in February 2002 by chip design veteran Govind Kizhepat, the company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with an office in Pune, India. NetXen's protocol- and OS-agnostic Intelligent NICs are designed for volume 10-Gigabit deployments and are targeted at server, storage, security and networking systems. Additional information about the company and its patented chip architecture is available at http://www.netxen.com.

All rights reserved. NetXen, the NetXen logo and Linux Sockets Acceleration are trademarks, and Intelligent NIC is a registered trademark of NetXen, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Contacts: NetXen, Inc. Cheryl Patstone Phone: +1 408-327-1347 E-mail: cheryl@netxen.com

SOURCE NetXen, Inc.

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