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NIC Glossary

  Network Interface Card Glossary

    ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

     ACPI establishes industry-standard interfaces that enable the OS-directed configuration, power management,
     and thermal management of mobile, desktop, and server platforms.

    Fiber Optics

     Fiber optic cables are used in high noise environments because their transmissions are unaffected by
     electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. With their flexibility for various types of fiber optic
     interfaces, EtherWAN’s Fiber Ethernet adapter series utilizes fiber optic signals to extend transmission
     distances and greatly improve the communication quality of the signals, as part of a secure fiber optic
     infrastructure that resists electromagnetic and radio frequency interference.

    IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging & IEEE 802.1p Layer 2 Priority

     EtherWAN’s Fiber PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter GE3000 and Fiber PCI Fast Ethernet adapter EN301
     can support IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging to segment the network and improve performance and security.
     EtherWAN’s Fiber PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter GE3000 and Fiber PCI Fast Ethernet adapter EN301
     can also support IEEE802.1p Layer 2 priority to prioritize traffic, which enables packet streams to be
     prioritized to the adapters.

    PCI Fast Ethernet

     EtherWAN’s Fiber PCI Fast Ethernet adapter EN301 series complies with PCI specifications v2.1 and v2.2
     and provides a direct connection to the 32-bit parallel PCI bus. The PCI bus provides superior performance
     and can transfer information in burst mode, since multiple sets of data can be transmitted in a row. It
     also supports bus mastering of multiple devices on the bus simultaneously, and it can be setup either
     synchronously or asynchronously. The PCI bus runs at half of the memory bus speed in a synchronized setup,
     but the speed of the PCI bus can be set independently of the memory bus speed in an asynchronous setup.
     In addition, multiple devices can share one communication channel managed by the PCI bus.

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