SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, has announced a new family of 1 Gigabit Low Profile Quad Port server adapters based on Intel's latest Ethernet controller, 82580 with support for Cavium Nitrox 16xx series SSL/IPSEC hardware acceleration and network bypass. The product family includes:

The Niagara 42x64 and Niagara 42x84 network interface cards are designed to integrate with PCI-express (PCI-e) based Inline Networking Servers, including WAN Acceleration, UTM, SAN and NAS appliances, and IPS Systems, and Security and Monitoring Appliances such as Firewalls, IDS systems, and Analysis Probes. The Niagara 42x84 server adapters support SFP pluggable modules for Multi-Mode (SX), Single-Mode (LX) and copper (TX).

The new Niagara 42x64 and 42x84 Quad Port 1 Gigabit NICs are based on the latest 1 GbE Quad MAC/PHY, Intel 82580, which provides PCI-e 2.0 (5 GT/s) support, low power 2.7W operation, per packet time-stamping, and intelligent queue support (including virtual machine data queues) optimized for multi-core processors. The Intel 82580 also offers VLAN tag insertion, stripping and packet filtering for up to 4096 VLAN tags, Transmit and receive IP, TCP and UDP checksum offloading capabilities and extensive power management features. In addition, the controller possesses specialized features including jumbo frame size of 9.5 KB, load-balancing of network traffic flow, IPv6 Offloading, Receive Side Scaling (RSS), and Direct Cache Access. Intel 82580 has broad OS support including Windows, Linux, Free BSD, VMware ESX, XEN and Hyper-V.

Cavium's highly regarded Cavium Nitrox 16xx security and hardware acceleration chip family enhances the Niagara 42x64 and 42x84 by providing SSL, IPSec, TCP/UDP/IP checksum offload and TCP segmentation on chip. Both NICs are available with CN1605, CN1610, CN1615 or CN1620. The Cavium Nitrox 16xx chip family enables 2.5Gbps (RC4+MD5) SSL throughput, 2.5Gbps (AES/3DES+SHA1) IPsec or CCMP wireless packet processing and up to 17k RSA 1024 bit exponent with CRT.

"We are proud to announce this versatile and innovative 1G server adapter product family that addresses mission-critical industry networking and security requirements," stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. "Niagara 42x64 and 42x84 consists of high quality Intel-based Ethernet technology, state-of-the-art Cavium hardware acceleration and Interface Masters' proprietary network bypass technology to achieve line-rate throughput, premium uptime, security offload and high port density at a market-leading price-performance."

Niagara 42x64 and Niagara 42x84 provide features that are essential in today's data centers:

  • Intel 82580 Quad MAC/PHY Ethernet controller
  • PCI-e x4 Gen 2.0. Peak bandwidth 8 Gb/s on PCI Express bus. 
  • Handles 4 Gigabit per second traffic load
  • Four SFP Transceivers or 4 RJ-45 connectors. Multi Mode Fiber (SX), Single Mode Fiber (LX) and Copper (RJ45) support
  • Choice of Cavium Nitrox security chips CN1605, CN1610, CN1615 or CN1620
  • Low profile form factor
  • 2.7W maximum power
  • RoHS Compliant, EMC, FCC Class A, UL (Safety) Certifications
  • Digital Optical Monitoring support (DOM) according to the industry-standard SFF-8472


Niagara 42x64 and Niagara 42x84 are designed for system integrators and server providers that support the Telecommunications, ISP, IT Network Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets. The Niagara 42x64 will be available for evaluation in late November for qualified projects and will be in full production early December 2010. 

Volume pricing for the copper NIC starts at $370. For additional information please contact the Interface Master's sales team at

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gb Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, SSL/IPSEC adapters, 10Gb media converters, embedded switch boards, 10GE Managed Switches, 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. For more information, please go to

Contact Information:

Aaron Nankin
408-441-9341 x122
Sales and Marketing Manager