Mac network service provider Small Tree Communications is now shipping the Intel PRO/1000 MF Server Adapters, the first fiber-optic–based gigabit Ethernet PCI adapters for the Apple Mac platform and Mac OS X.
The Intel PRO/1000 MF Server Adapters, coupled with Small Tree's Mac OS X driver technology, feature either one, two or four independent ports and bring fiber-optic networking to the Apple Power Mac and Xserve.
The optical gigabit Ethernet adapters are 133MHz, 64-bit capable PCI-X cards. The single- and dual-port cards are compatible with G4 and G5 Power Mac and Xserve systems. The quad-port card is compatible with all G5 systems and the Xserve G4. The cards are interconnected using multimode optical fiber that can span distances up to 550 meters without repeaters and work seamlessly with any existing fiber infrastructure using industry-standard LC connectors.
The cards, along with Small Tree's software, work with Mac OS 10.2.7 or later versions. Once installed, the adapters appear as another Ethernet interface to the computer and use standard TCP/IP protocols, ensuring that no application changes are required. Each port on the multiport cards operate independently, allowing connections to multiple networks while saving PCI slots.
Orders for the single and dual port cards are now being taken; the quad ports will be available in the fourth quarter of 2004.