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Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC

8x10G, 2×10/25G, 4×10/25G, 2x40G, 2x100G

The Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC enables 8x10G, 2×10/25G, 4×10/25G, 2x40G, 2x100G applications, depending on your choice of software. This provides flexibility to create high-performance solutions in 1U server platforms for existing 40G network infrastructure deployed today, with the freedom to repurpose the solution for 100G installations when necessary. The Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC not only saves rack space and reduces TCO – it also provides outstanding agility and scalability for the future.



For any link speed at any time


From 1-100G



Out of the box solution


Multiple FPGA SmartNICs in one server


Synchronize multiple servers



Accelerate your application


Full throughput with zero packet loss



Multiple speeds in one server


More powerful server usage

Link™ NT200A02-SCC SmartNIC

Link™ NT200A02-NEBS SmartNIC

To generate and control the airflow, the Napatech design contains a blower that takes in air from the top and bottom of the SmartNIC, thereby doubling the amount of air and ensuring superior cooling.


  • Durable design for extended real-life operation
  • Free choice of server platform
  • Reduced noise and power-consumption as server-fans can run at minimum speed
  • Freedom to pack unlimited FPGA SmartNICs into a standard server


  • No airflow dependency to server
  • Well-defined cooling of all critical components
  • Guaranteed device hot spot temperatures
  • Maximized airflow, ensuring optimal thermal performance
  • Dissipated energy exhaled outside server through front plate cutouts
  • Significant reduction in temperature drop between FPGA die and heat sink surface
  • Mechanical stiffener enabling higher screw torque for fastening heatsink to the PCB


Napatech upholds the highest quality, environmental and safety standards, and complies with all applicable regulations across regions. This helps our customers to realize a seamless integration without delays – and ensures error-free operation throughout the product life cycle.

Ethernet Front Port Compliance

The SmartNIC design maximizes mechanical and electrical front port margin, securing trouble-free operation with the optical or electrical modules of the customer’s choice.

The thermal design is validated dissipating the maximum power level as standardized for the given form factor. Margin on the data interface has been optimized tuning the equalization parameters of the transceivers hosting the front port channel, maximizing EYE margin to the relevant standard.

EMC Compliance

All Napatech designs have passed EMC compliance testing for major regions, including Europe and North America. By ensuring compliance as an integral part of the design, the risk of delays is eliminated. Moreover, the EMC testing has been performed in a mainstream server, potentially directly applicable to the use case.

Environmental Compliance

The end product (server + installed SmartNIC) must adhere to regional environmental legislation. To enable trouble-free server integration, Napatech SmartNICs are manufactured using only materials that fully comply with the current RoHS, REACH and proprietary Tier 1 legislation.

Full compliance from early inception eliminates the risk delays and product withdrawal due to authority intervention.

Event Handling & System Monitoring

In order for the SmartNIC to become an integral part of the server environment and maximize uptime, it needs to monitor and expose key performance metrics to the application during operation. Napatech SmartNICs monitor the following metrics:

  • Blower speed
  • Hot spot temperatures
  • Key supply voltages and currents
  • PCI protocol events
  • General system events

PCI Compliance

With the PCI interface on the SmartNIC dictated by the server plane, the hardware maximizes mechanical and electrical PCI margin, ensuring trouble-free operation in the server and server slot(s) of the customer’s choice. All designs have passed relevant PCI-SIG tests and have been adopted on the PCI-SIG integrators list.

Safety Compliance

To enable trouble-free server integration, Napatech SmartNICs are fully compliant with all applicable safety standards.

By ensuring safety compliance as an integral part of the SmartNIC design, the risk of delays is eliminated. Compliance testing is performed in a mainstream server, potentially directly applicable to the use case.

Conflict Minerals Compliance

To ensure quick and trouble-free server integration, Napatech SmartNICs are manufactured using only materials that fully comply with the relevant Conflict Mineral Legislation. For US based SmartNIC integrators, this facilitates submission of the mandatory Conflict Mineral report to SEC.

Shock & Vibration Robustness

Many server environments expose the SmartNIC to substantial shock and vibration, predominantly during the transportation phase. To ensure trouble-free server integration and operational robustness throughout the product life cycle, validated design aspects include:

  • Cooling enclosure for superior mechanical stiffness
  • Key exposed components are under-filled (glued) to the PCB
  • Shock robustness validated against JESD22-B110A
  • Vibration robustness validated against ASTM D4169-09

Used across industries

Cyber security

Detect Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and other breaches to your network at 8x10G, 2×10/25G, 4×10/25G, 2x40G or 2x100G – no activity goes unnoticed.

Across industries, cyber assaults are accumulating at alarming rates. Hackers are constantly refining their tactics and repeatedly circumventing static defenses.

To identify any suspicious activity on your network, you need full visibility at all times. Even a marginal fraction of information lost can potentially compromise the safety of your business. Who has been on your network, what have they done, and when exactly did they do it? A myriad of intelligent security solutions are available to help you answer these questions – but to deliver the needed insights, they need fully reliable data. And with network speeds advancing to 40G or 100G, the challenge of attaining reliable data is firmly growing.

With the Napatech Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC, we help you ensure that no data is lost and no activity goes unnoticed. Napatech provides guaranteed delivery of network data, and supply all the information needed for effective forensic analysis in real-time, even at speeds up to 40G or 100G. This means a much shorter response time, improved mitigation and ultimately a reinforced security. 

Telecom operators

Break the cost/performance barrier.

With the increasing number of telecom carriers migrating to 25G, 40G, 50G and 100G solutions, the need to continually upgrade network performance is growing. But monitoring and analyzing 2x100G of communication brings certain challenges. The common approach requires a comprehensive system of numerous 10G lines connected to a range of appliances – but this escalates both complexity and cost.

The Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC from Napatech enables direct analysis of 100G with just a single server. It merges upstream and downstream data so specific information can be delivered directly to the right CPU core even for fragmented traffic and GTP tunnels. This lowers the processing load on the CPUs and enables the application to efficiently analyze the target data in 1U form factor servers.

With the Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC, applications will be able to monitor performance and analyze quality of experience even at 40G or 100G. This enables telecom operators to improve quality, while better managing the bandwidth challenges posed by rich media applications.

Cloud and data center

Enable full flow analysis of your infrastructure in real-time – and keep rackspace at a minimum.

Maintaining performance while enhancing services to accommodate 100G and beyond is fundamental to the long-term viability of cloud and data center businesses. Data center managers are further challenged to retain the lowest possible CAPEX and OPEX.

With the Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC, Napatech is helping the industry to tackle these challenges. Because of its compact design, this solution enables 2x40G/2x100G applications in 1U server platforms, thus saving rack space and cutting costs while maintaining integrity and performance.

With its intuitive plug and play features, this solution can be seamlessly integrated and significantly accelerate time-to-market, even for advanced Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and netflow based applications. As Napatech FPGA SmartNICs provide the freedom to mix and match ports and speeds, customers can continually scale their solutions to accommodate the ever-changing market dynamics. 

Network management

Provide reliable results and insights without compromise, in real time and with nanosecond precision.

With the colossal growth of web-based applications and cloud services, users are demanding greater access to data at faster speeds. Network operators are in continuous pursuit of more effective monitoring and analysis solutions to help them boost performance. But even the best solutions cannot deliver without completely reliable data.

The Link™ NT200A02 SmartNIC guarantees quick and accurate data delivery even at 40G or 100G. Traffic on the two 40G or 100G ports is timestamped with nanosecond precision and delivered to the network application in the right order – a huge benefit for the analysis of network traffic. This enables network solutions to instantly and effectively identify and remediate any performance issues – and ultimately helps to optimize infrastructure, increase network uptime and reduce the number of man-hours required to identify any issues. 

Tech specs

TECH SPECSLink™ NT200A02-SCC & Link™ NT200A02-NEBS
Network Interfaces• IEEE standard: IEEE 802.3 40 Gbps Ethernet support
• Network interface: 2 × QSFP+ ports
Supported Optical Transceivers• Supported QSFP+ modules: 40GBASE-SR4, 40GBASE-LR4, 40GBASE-SR-BiDi and 40GBASE-CR4, breakout to 4x10GBASE-SR, 4x10GBASE-LR and 4x10GBASE-CR
• Supported QSFP28 modules: 100GBASE-SR4, 100GBASE-LR4 and 100GBASE-SR-BiDi, breakout to 4x25GBASE-SR, 4x25GBASE-LR and 4x25GBASE-CR
• Supported SFP28 modules: 25GBASE-SR, 25GBASE-LR and 25GBASE-LR-BiDi
Performance• Data rate: 8x10G, 2×10/25G, 4×10/25G, 2x40G, 2x100G
• Typical CPU load: < 5%
Hardware Time Stamp• Resolution: 1 ns
• Stratum 3 compliant TCXO
Time Formats• PCAP-ns/-μs
• UNIX 10 ns, 1 ns
Time Synchronization• SMA interface for PPS
• RJ45 100/1000BASE-T interface for IEEE1588 PTP support
Host Interface and Memory• Bus type: 16-lane 8 GT/s PCIe Gen3
• 12 GB onboard DDR4 RAM
• Flash: Support for two boot images
• Built-in thermal protection
Statistics• RMON1 counters plus jumbo frame counters per port
• Frame and byte counters per color (filter) and per host buffer
• Counter sets always delivered as a consistent time-stamped snapshot
Environment for NT200A02-SCC• Operating temperature: 0 °C to 45 °C (32 °F to 113 °F)
• Operating humidity: 20% to 80%
Environment for NT200A02-NEBS• Operating temperature: –5 °C to 55 °C (23 °F to 131 °F) measured around the SmartNIC
• Operating humidity: 5% to 85%
Sensors• Temperature
• Power
OS Support• Linux
• Windows
Software• Napatech API for high performance and advanced features
• libpcap
• SDK tools included in source code for debugging and prototyping and as application examples
Physical Dimensions• ½-length and full-height PCIe
• Full-height PCIe
Regulatory Approvals and Compliances• PCI-SIG®
• NEBS level 3
• CE
• CB
• RoHS
• cURus (UL)

Compatible Napatech FPGA Software

Link Capture Software

Link™ Capture Software is the industry-leading solution for performing high-speed packet capture with nanosecond timestamping and replay with precise inter-frame gap control.

Link Inline Software

Link™ Inline Software boosts applications by offloading packet and flow processing, providing unmatched visibility and performance for up to 100 million bi-directional simultaneous flows.


Link Virtualization Software

Link™ Virtualization Software offloads and accelerates the Open vSwitch (OVS) dataplane to provide increased network performance and better CPU efficiency with lower complexity.

Napatech Software Suite (Capture)

Our comprehensive software suite ensures broad compatibility and seamless integration for all Napatech SmartNICs. It includes support for all major systems and a common API for easy integration.

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