Small Tree Communications on Tuesday announced
a new series of multi-port Intel-based PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking cards for some Power Mac G5 systems and Xserve systems used in enterprise and high-speed networking environments. Prices range from $275 to $1,599 depending on configuration.
The new cards are compliant with the EU’s new Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, according to Small Tree. RoHS goes into effect this July, and aims to reduce the use of hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium and other materials in the manufacture of electronic equipment.
The PGX6iSFP is a six-port GbE card that uses Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) sockets. You can specify which parts are to be used for copper and which are to be used for optical; you can also leave open ports available for future use. The card costs $949 plus $99 per copper SFP and $149 per optical SFP.
The PGX2iSFP is a two-port SFP card that costs $275 plus $99 or $149 for copper or optical SFP modules, respectively.
Small Tree has also introduced the PGX4iF — a four-port fiber GbE card with Small For Factor (SFF) LC connectors. It costs $1,599.
Finally, Small Tree has replaced its PGX6 card with the new PGX6i, a six-port, RoHS-compliant copper GbE card for $749.