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Small Tree Communications Offers Dual and Quad Port Gigabit Ethernet Cards for Apple G4/G5 Systems, Windows and Linux

March 22, 2004 by Joe DiBenedetto

March 22, 2004 – Small Tree Communications, the number one provider of high performance networking solutions for Apple OS X platforms, announced today that it is expanding the availability of their “Dual Connect” and “Quad Connect” Multiport Gigabit Ethernet adapters to include the Apple Power Mac G4 and Xserve G4, as well as Windows and Linux PC systems. This expands the list of supported platforms from the Apple Power Mac G5 and Xserve G5 when the cards were first introduced at Macworld in January to now include all major Apple and PC systems. “We are pleased to be able to offer our high end networking solutions to a broader audience, particularly to our customers who have a mixed platform environment,” says company president Corky Seeber. “For the first time, customers now have a single source for multiport gigabit network adapters for all three major operating systems.”

Small Tree’s 2 and 4 port adapters provide the highest port density combined with the best available performance through their support of PCI-X, Jumbo Frames and TCP/UDP checksum offloads. The adapters feature a PCI-X data path, an enhanced PCI bus that is backward compatible with existing PCI cards. It uses a 64-bit bus with a clock speed as high as 133MHz (compatible with 50/66/100Mhz PCI-X clocks and 33/66Mhz PCI clocks), providing a large jump in speed to as much as 1GBytes/sec with lower CPU utilization. Performance is further enhanced by the card’s ability to support jumbo frames which reduce network overhead and increase throughput during large transfers.

Small Tree Communications is the only provider supporting multiport Gigabit Ethernet adapters on Apple platforms and the only vendor able to support these adapters on all three major operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X). The multiport gigabit adapters are supported on Mac OS 10.2 and later, Windows NT, 2000, and XP, and Linux RPM based distributions. These cards are fully compatibility with existing 10/100 megabit Ethernet products to provide complete connectivity. They also utilize Category 5 UTP copper cabling to preserve the customer’s existing infrastructure investment.

Small Tree Communications was founded by a team of high performance networking and kernel designers who are committed to offering enterprise class networking solutions. With world class high performance computing experience, Small Tree Communications provides leading edge peripheral products to power users to meet a wider range of application demands. Pricing and additional information can be found on the company’s web site at www.small-tree.com, by calling 866-STC-4MAC, or by sending email to info@small-tree.com.


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