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Small Tree Communications Unveils Four-port & Six-port PCI Express Cards for Apple Mac OS X

October 23, 2006 by Joe DiBenedetto

Cards Provide High Port Density and Maximum Performance

Chippewa Valley, WI, October 23, 2006—Small Tree Communications, an industry leader in networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X, announces the availability of three new PCI Express (PCIe) Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cards for G5 Power Mac, Mac Pro and the new Intel-based Xserve systems.  The four-port copper PEG4 card, the six-port copper PEG6 card and the six-port copper or optical PEG6SFP card are available for sale and delivery today.

The PEG4, PEG6 and PEG6SFP offer the highest port density and extract the maximum network throughput from today’s high-end server motherboards. They are ideally suited for file servers that require high bandwidth connection to a Gigabit Ethernet switch using features such as Jumbo frames and 802.3ad link aggregation.  Additionally, Small Tree’s multi-port PCIe GbE solutions enable near wire-speed performance with low CPU utilization. Based on current Intel Ethernet Controllers, the PEG4, PEG6 and PEG6SFP come with native driver support for all popular operating systems, including Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

“With the introduction of these cards, we believe that Small Tree is offering the most complete portfolio of multi-port Gigabit Ethernet cards for Mac OS X systems available in the market today,” stated Derek Robb, Vice-President of Sales and Business Development at Small Tree Communications.  “Customers can choose either PCI-X or PCIe cards with 1, 2, 4, or 6 ports and either copper, optical or SFP connectors. Plus we provide them with our highly optimized Mac OS X drivers and a level of support not found from other networking solution suppliers.”

The PEG4 adapter includes four independent copper 10/100/1000Base-T GbE channels in a single PCIe slot, while the PEG6 includes six such channels. The PEG6SFP GbE adapter provides greater flexibility with six independent Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) channels that can be customized to simultaneously meet optical and copper networking requirements. Customers can specify which sockets should be dedicated for optical or copper use.  Additionally, users have the option of populating only those sockets necessary for current needs, leaving open the opportunity of tailoring remaining ports for future specifications.

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