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SmartNIC and IPU Hardware Portfolio

Product Overview

SmartNIC and IPU Hardware

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 SmartNICs and Infrastructure Processing Units (IPU) 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 SmartNIC and IPU technologies 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 SmartNICs and IPUs 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 or IPU.

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 and IPUs are designed specifically to ensure hardware resilience in this environment.

Standards of Excellence
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.

Typical Applications
Napatech offers a range of software options for the SmartNIC and IPU hardware, addressing use cases within:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Network quality of experience assurance
  • Network & security forensics
  • Application performance management
  • Network test & measurement
  • Cyber defense
  • vSwitch acceleration
  • Virtual network monitoring
  • Storage offload
  • Network security offload

Solutions
Application and network performance monitoring
Subscriber monitoring
Capture to disk, replay from disk
Latency measurments
Cybersecurity threat detection
Network test and measurement
Cybersecurity threat prevention
5G User Plane Function (UPF) offlload
Full host CPU offload
OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Bare metal cloud platform IaaS with tenant isolation

Platforms
Link-Capture™ Software
Link-Inline™ Software
Link-Virtualization™ Software
Link-Storage™ Software
Link-Security™ Software
Link-Programmable™
Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs)
Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs)

Services
Professional Services
Custom Development

 

SmartNIC Products for COTS Servers
Model NT20E3-2-SCC NT40E3-4/
NT40A01-SCC
NT50B0x NT40A1x-SCC NT100A0x-SCC NT200A0x-SCC NT400D1x-SCC F207?X
General Hardware Specifications SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC IPU
Height Full Full Half Full Full Full Full Full
Length Half Half Half Half Half Half Half Half
Width Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Dual-Slot
FPGA technology XC7VX330T XC7VX330T XCKU11P [1]
XCKU15P [1]
XCKU11P [1]
XCKU15P [1]
XCVU5P [1] XCVU7P [1] XCVU9P [1] XCVU5P [1] XCVU7P [1] XCVU9P [1]  AGF014 [1] AGF019 [1] AGF022 [1]
AGF023 [1] AGF027 [1]
AGF022 [1] AGF023 [1] AGF027 [1]
– Embedded SoC             Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 [1] Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 [1]
– Crypto               AES and SM4 [1]
System on Chip (SoC)               Intel® Xeon® D-1700 Series [1]
SDRAM FPGA DDR3 DDR3 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 ECC
– Density 1×4 GB 1×4 GB 2×5 GB [1]
2×10 GB [1]
1×4 GB 2×4 GB [1]
2×8 GB [1]
3×4 GB [1]
3×8 GB [1]
3×4 GB [1]
3×8 GB [1]
4×4 GB [1]
4×4 GB [1]
3×4 + 1×8 GB [1]
– Bandwidth (Number of memory controllers)  120 Gbps 120 Gbps 427 Gbps 154 Gbps 341 Gbps 512 Gbps 512 Gbps (3x) [1]
683 Gbps (4x) [1]
341 Gbps
512 Gbps
SDRAM SoC               DDR4 ECC
– Density               2×8 GB [1]
3×8 GB [1]
3×16 GB [1]
QSPI Flash memory 2×128 Mbit 2×128 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×1024 Mbit 2×2048 Mbit
M.2 NVMe x4 (2230/2242) expansion slot for SSD               Up to 2 TB
Host Interface PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x16 PCIe3 x 8 PCIe3 x16 PCIe3 x16 PCIe4 x16 PCIe4 x16
Network Ports and Link Speeds                
Network ports 2xSFP+ 4xSFP+ 2xSFP28 4×SFP+ 4×SFP28 2xQSFP28 2xQSFP56 2xQSFP56
1G [2] [3] [3] [3]
10G [2] [7] [3] [3] [3]
25G [2]       [3] [3] [3]
40G [2]          
50G [2]           [4] [4] [4]
100G [2]          
200G [2]            
Management Port                
RJ45-F 1000BASE-T (on PCI bracket)           1
Time Synchronization Ports [2]                
Tyco Mini female for RJ45-F/ SMA-F adapter (on PCI bracket)            
Internal MCX-F for PPS and NT-TS 2 2     2 2 2 [1] 2 [1]

RJ45-F 1000BASE-T IEEE1588 PTP (on PCI bracket)

        1 1 1 [1] 1 [1]
SMA-F for PPS & 10Mhz (on PCI bracket)     [1]   1 1 2 [1] 1 [1]
Time Synchronization Support                
Stratum 3E compliant TCXO [6] [6] [1][6] [1][6] [6] [6] [6] [6]
Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) over RJ45 port [2]       [1] [1]
Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) over network ports             [1]  
High-Speed Interconnect Port [2]                
Maximum bidirectional bandwidth 180 Gbps 180 Gbps 900 Gbps 822 Gbps 900 Gbps 900 Gbps TBD  
Board Management                
MCTP over SMBus        
MCTP over PCIe VDM         [2] [2] [2]
PLDM for Monitor and Control        
NCSI RBT            
FPGA temperature
Pluggable module temperature
Ambient temperature
Power sensors
Fan    
Power and Cooling                
Cooling solution Active Active Passive Active Active Active Active Passive
Max. power dissipation [5] 45 W 45 W 55 W 58 W 75 W 120 W TBD W 250 W
Idle power dissipation [5] 10 W 10 W 10 W 10 W 15 W 15 W TBD W TBD
Airflow requirement None None >= 2.5 m/s None None None None >= 2.5 m/s
General Hardware Properties                
Operating temperature 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F) -5 °C to 45 °C (23 °F to 113 °F)
Operating humidity 20% to 80%
MTBF (hours) 297,993 297,993 991,182 317,821 317,821 317,821 TBD
Weight 260 g 260 g 350 g 355 g 355 g 355 g TBD
Regulatory compliance (common) PCI-SIG®, CE, CB, RoHS, REACH, cURus (UL), FCC, ICES, VCCI, RCM PCI-SIG®, CE, CB, RoHS, REACH, cURus (UL), FCC, ICES, VCCI, RCM
Regulatory compliance (product specific) KCC KCC KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC KCC KCC[8] KCC[8]

[1] Mount option supported by HW
[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.
[6] Stratum 3E compliant TCXO option supported by HW

[7] NT40E3-4 only
[8] Contact Napatech

 

SmartNIC Hardware NEBS-Compliant
Model NT20E3-2-NEBS NT40E3-4/
NT40A01-NEBS
NT50B0x NT40A1x- NEBS NT100A0x- NEBS NT200A0x-
NEBS
NT400D1x-
NEBS
F207?X
General Hardware Specifications SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC SmartNIC IPU
Height Full Full Half Full Full Full Full Full
Length Half Half Half Half Half Half Half Half
Width Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Single-Slot Dual-Slot
FPGA technology XC7VX330T XC7VX330T XCKU11P [1]
XCKU15P [1]
XCKU11P [1] XCKU15P [1] XCVU5P [1] XCVU7P [1] XCVU9P [1] XCVU5P [1] XCVU7P [1] XCVU9P [1] AGF014 [1]
AGF019 [1]
AGF022 [1] AGF023 [1] AGF027 [1]
AGF022 [1] AGF023 [1] AGF027 [1]
– Embedded SoC             Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 [1]
– Crypto               AES and SM4 [1]
System on Chip (SoC)               Intel® Xeon® D-1700 Series
SDRAM FPGA DDR3 DDR3 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 ECC
– Density 1×4 GB 1×4 GB 2×5 GB [1]
2×10 GB [1]
1×4 GB 2×4 GB [1]
2×8 GB [1]
3×4 GB [1]
3×8 GB [1]
3×4 GB [1]
3×8 GB [1]
4×4 GB [1]
4×4 GB [1]
3×4 + 1×8 GB [1]
– Bandwidth (Number of memory controllers)  120 Gbps 120 Gbps 427 Gbps 154 Gbps 341 Gbps 512 Gbps 512 Gbps (3x) [1]
683 Gbps (4x) [1]
341 Gbps
512 Gbps
QSPI Flash memory 2×128 Mbit 2×128 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×512 Mbit 2×1024 Mbit 2×2048 Mbit
M.2 NVMe x4 (2230/2242) expansion slot for SSD               Up to 2 TB
Host Interface PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x16 PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x16 PCIe3 x16 PCIe4 x16 PCIe4 x16
Network Ports and Link Speeds                
Network ports 2xSFP+ 4xSFP+ 2xSFP28 4×SFP+ 4×SFP28 2xQSFP28 2xQSFP56 2xQSFP56
1G [2] [3] [3] [3]
10G [2] [7] [3] [3] [3]
25G [2]       [3] [3] [3]
40G [2]          
50G [2]           [4] [4] [4]
100G [2]          
200G [2]            
Management Port                
RJ45-F 1000BASE-T (on PCI bracket)           1
Time Synchronization Ports [2]                
Tyco Mini female for RJ45-F/ SMA-F adapter (on PCI bracket)            
Internal MCX-F for PPS and NT-TS 2 2     2 2 2 [1] 2 [1]

RJ45-F 1000BASE-T IEEE1588 PTP (on PCI bracket)

        1 1 1 [1] 1 [1]
SMA-F for PPS & 10Mhz (on PCI bracket)     1 [1]   1 1 2 [1] 1 [1]
Time Synchronization Support                
Stratum 3 compliant TCXO [6] [6] [1][6] [1][6] [6] [6] [6] [6]
Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) over RJ45 port [2]       [1] [1]
Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) over network ports             [1]  
High-Speed Interconnect Port [2]                
Maximum bidirectional bandwidth 180 Gbps 180 Gbps 900 Gbps 822 Gbps 900 Gbps 900 Gbps TBD  
Board Management                
MCTP over SMBus        
MCTP over PCIe VDM         [2] [2] [2]
PLDM for Monitor and Control        
NCSI RBT            
FPGA temperature
Pluggable module temperature
Ambient temperature
Power sensors
Power and Cooling                
Cooling solution Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive
Max. power dissipation [5] 45 W 45 W 55 W 58 W 75 W 120 W TBD W 250 W
Idle power dissipation [5] 10 W 10 W 10 W 10 W 15 W 15 W TBD W TBD
Airflow requirement >= 2.5 m/s >= 2.5 m/s >= 3.5 m/s >= 2.5 m/s >= 2.5 m/s >= 2.5 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) –5 °C to 45 °C (23 °F to 131 °F)
Operating humidity 5% to 85%
MTBF (hours) 367,807 367,807 991,182 398,565 398,565 398,565 TBD TBD
Weight 285 g 285 g 350 g 350 g 350 g 350 g TBD TBD
Regulatory compliance (common) PCI-SIG®, NEBS level 3, CE, CB, RoHS, REACH, cURus (UL), FCC, ICES, VCCI, RCM
Regulatory compliance (product specific) KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8] KCC[8]

[1] Mount option supported by HW
[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
[6] Stratum 3E compliant TCXO option supported by HW
[7] NT40E3-4 only
[8] Contact Napatech

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