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Link SmartNIC Hardware

Product Overview

In a world of reconfigurable computing, it is the software that defines the use case functionality. However, the wrong choice of hardware can severely downgrade the overall value and reliability of the solution.

Napatech Link™ SmartNICs are designed to meet the standards of modern servers, with the rapidly changing world of data center and hyperscale deployments in mind.

Industry-Leading Reliability

When selecting a hardware solution, reliability is of the utmost importance. Software can be patched if faulty, but hardware needs a physical replacement, which is costly and complex.

For all Napatech designs, performance and reliability are unconditional tenets. With ~300,000 hours of mean time between failures (MTBF), our hardware ensures uninterrupted, error-free operation for many years ahead – as validated by our long-term loyal customer base.

Superior Thermal Design

The power of FPGA technology is only of value if it can be harnessed – and that requires cooling. An efficient cooling solution allows you to fit more compute power into your rack space, which translates into substantial TCO benefits.

Napatech Link™ SmartNICs are designed with active and passive cooling. The active solution provides 100% self-contained cooling with no requirements for a specific server airflow. This solution exhales most of the dissipated energy outside the server through front plate cutouts, which gives customers the freedom to choose server designs without worrying about cooling capacity.

To meet telco requirements, the passively cooled solutions are NEBS-compliant. A proprietary full body heatsink has been developed securing optimal cooling performance in the challenging NEBS applications for all critical components in the SmartNIC.

Hardware Resilience

Modern servers have quick-release PCI fastening mechanisms that allow for easy card replacement. Some of these designs, however, expose the card to vibration during transportation. Napatech SmartNICs are designed specifically to ensure hardware resilience in this environment.

Regulatory Compliance

Network appliances often require exceptions and compromises to fit a certain form factor or price point. In complex data center environments, it is therefore extremely beneficial if the hardware adheres to established industry standards, as this will make it easier for customers to integrate it in their solution. As a certified PCI-SIG member, Napatech has completed the meticulous compliance test, which demonstrates our high standards of excellence.

Applications that Benefit

Napatech offers a whole range of FPGA software options for the Link hardware, that address use cases within:

• Network Cybersecurity
• Network Quality of Experience Assurance
• Network & Security Forensics
• Application Performance Management (APM)
• Network Test & Measurement
• Cyber Defense
• vSwitch Acceleration
• Virtual Network Monitoring

Link SmartNIC Products for COTS Serversnt40e3-4-ptp-product-overviewnt40e3-4-ptp-product-overviewnt200a01-product-overviewnt200a01-product-overview
ModelNT20E3-2NT40E3-4
NT40A01
NT50B01NT200D01NT200A02
General Hardware Specifications
HeightFullFullHalfFullFull
LengthHalfHalfHalfHalfHalf
FPGA technologyXC7VX330TXC7VX330TXCKU15PS10 GX 2800XCVU5P
XCVU7P[1]
XCVU9P[1]
SDRAMDDR3DDR3DDR4DDR4DDR4
– Density4 GB4 GB10 GB
20 GB[1]
12 GB
24 GB[1]
12 GB
24 GB[1]
– Bandwidth120 Gbps120 Gbps427 Gbps512 Gbps512 Gbps
– Number of memory controllers11233
PCIe configurationPCIe Gen3
8 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
8 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
Network Ports and Link Speeds
Network ports2xSFP+4xSFP+2xSFP282xQSFP282xQSFP28
1G [2][3][3]
10G [2][3][3]
25G [2][3][3]
40G [2]
50G [2][4][4]
100G [2]
Time Synchronization Ports [2]
Tyco Mini female for RJ45-F/ SMA-F adapter (on PCI bracket)
2 x internal MCX-F for PPS and NT-TS
RJ45-F for 100/1000BASE-T IEEE1588 PTP (on PCI bracket)
SMA-F for PPS (on PCI bracket)[1]
Time Synchronization Support
Stratum 3E compliant TCXO[1]
SyncE frequency synch support [2]
High-Speed Interconnect Port [2]
Maximum bidirectional bandwith180 Gbps180 Gbps900 Gbps900 Gbps
Hardware Board Monitoring
FPGA temperature
Pluggable module temperature
Ambient temperature
Power sensors
Power and Cooling
Cooling solutionActiveActivePassiveActiveActive
Max. power dissipation [5]45 W45 W55 W105 W95 W
Idle power dissipation [5]10 W10 W10 W15 W15 W
Airflow requirementNoneNone>= 2.5 m/sNoneNone
General Hardware Properties
Operating temperature0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
Operating humidity20% to 80%
MTBF (hours)297,993297,993317,821
Weight260 g260 g355 g
Regulatory compliance (common)PCI-SIG®, CE, CB, RoHS, REACH, cURus (UL), FCC, ICES, VCCI, RCM
Regulatory compliance (product specific)KCCKCCKCC[1]KCC[1]KCC[1]

[1] On demand
[2] Features depend on software support, please refer to product briefs for Link™ Software
[3] Breakout or QSFP28 to SFP28 adapter
[4] Breakout
[5] The power dissipation values indicate the capabilities of the hardware platform; the actual power consumption is dependent on the FPGA software payload

Link SmartNIC Products NEBS-Compliantnt20e3-2-ptp-nebs-product-overviewnt40e3-4-ptp-nebs-product-overviewnt200a01-nebs-product-overviewnt200a01-nebs-product-overview
ModelNT20E3-2NT40E3-4
NT40A01
NT50B01NT200D01NT200A02
General Hardware Specifications
HeightFullFullHalfFullFull
LengthHalfHalfHalfHalfHalf
FPGA technologyXC7VX330TXC7VX330TXCKU15PS10 GX 2800XCVU5P
XCVU7P[1]
XCVU9P[1]
SDRAMDDR3DDR3DDR4DDR4DDR4
– Density4 GB4 GB10 GB
20 GB[1]
12 GB
24 GB[1]
12 GB
24 GB[1]
– Bandwidth120 Gbps120 Gbps240 Gbps460 Gbps512 Gbps
– Number of memory controllers11233
PCIe configurationPCIe Gen3
8 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
8 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
PCIe Gen3
16 lanes
@ 8 GT/s
Network Ports and Link Speeds
Network ports2xSFP+4xSFP+2xSFP282xQSFP282xQSFP28
1G [2] •[3][3]
10G [2] •[3][3]
25G [2] •[3][3]
40G [2]
50G [2][4][4]
100G [2]
Time Synchronization Ports [2]
Tyco Mini female for RJ45-F/ SMA-F adapter (on PCI bracket)
2 x internal MCX-F for PPS and NT-TS
RJ45-F for 100/1000BASE-T IEEE1588 PTP (on PCI bracket)
SMA-F for PPS (on PCI bracket)[1]
Time Synchronization Support
Stratum 3E compliant TCXO[1]
SyncE frequency synch support [2]
High-Speed Interconnect Port [2]
Maximum bandwith180 Gbps180 Gbps900 Gbps900 Gbps
Hardware Board Monitoring
FPGA temperature
Pluggable module temperature
Ambient temperature
Power sensors
Power and Cooling
Cooling solutionPassivePassivePassivePassivePassive
Max. power dissipation [5]45 W45 W55 W105 W95 W
Idle power dissipation [5]10 W10 W10 W15 W15 W
Airflow requirement>= 2.5 m/s>= 2.5 m/s>= 3.5 m/s>= 2.5 m/s>= 2.5 m/s
General Hardware Properties
Operating temperature–5°C to 55°C (23°F to 131°F)
Operating humidity5% to 85%
MTBF (hours)367,807367,807398,565
Weight260 g260 g355 g
Regulatory compliance (common)PCI-SIG®, CE, CB, RoHS, REACH, cURus (UL), FCC, ICES, VCCI, RCM
Regulatory compliance (product specific)KCCKCCKCC[1]KCC[1]KCC[1]

[1] On demand
[2] Features depend on software support, please refer to product briefs for Link™ Software
[3] Breakout or QSFP28 to SFP28 adapter
[4] Breakout
[5] The power dissipation values indicate the capabilities of the hardware platform; the actual power consumption is dependent on the FPGA software payload

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