updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue June 13, 2006
Small Tree networking
Small Tree Communications today introduced a series of multi-port, Intel-based, RoHS-compliant PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cards offering users greater integration flexibility. Ideal for data center and enterprise installations, Small Tree claims the new GbE cards provide an immediate performance increase on large transfers and feature solutions for short- and long-distance connectivity. A six-port GbE card, Small Tree's PGX6iSFP offers six empty Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) sockets, which can be customized to simultaneously meet optical and copper networking requirements. The PGX6iSFP costs $950 and $100 per copper SFP and $150 per optical SFP. For smaller installations, Small Tree has created a dual-port SFP card (PGX2iSFP) for $275, (and $100/$150 for copper or optical SFP modules). Small Tree also unveiled its PGX4iF ($1600), which it says is the densest plug-in optical card currently available and enables long-distance optical multi-network connectivity with one Apple's xServe.