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Today’s PC users demand excellent overall system performance and a lot more. The ability to get the job done often involves accessing a network: network-based applications, sending/receiving e-mail and files, streaming media, and handling large and complex data sets over a network are commonplace tasks. While CPU and graphics processing unit (GPU) speeds and system capacities advance at an aggressive pace, the basic PC architecture evolves more slowly, and critical subsystems for interfacing to the outside world and handling data can often limit the overall PC experience. The NVIDIA nForce™3 Professional platform processors solve this problem by delivering advanced core technologies and industry-leading performance for today’s PC users.
The newest NVIDIA nForce3 Pro series includes the NVIDIA networking technology. The company’s proven expertise with streamlining core system functionality has yielded a strong suite of built-in commercial-grade networking solutions spanning hardware, drivers, and user interface functionality. The full-featured NVIDIA networking solution includes capabilities that address:
Optimized to take advantage of today’s PC architectures, the integrated NVIDIA enterprise-class networking solution offloads many compute-intensive networking operations from the CPU, contributing to increased overall system performance.
NVIDIA nForce3 Pro delivers field-proven third-generation NVIDIA Media Access Control (MAC) technology. This commercial-grade solution gives system designers an industry-standard Media Independent Interface (MII) or Reduced Gigabit MII (RGMII) for 10/100BASE-T Fast Ethernet. Adherence to the industry standards means that system designers can interface the NVIDIA solution to Ethernet PHYs from a variety of vendors. The integrated Ethernet solution ensures an optimized design with appropriate hooks into all of the system hardware and NVIDIA software. Compared to external Ethernet offerings, the NVIDIA solution ensures that future upgrades and enhancements incorporate changes to the appropriate part of the complete data path. The NVIDIA implementation of task offloads incorporates support for the latest Internet Protocol (IP) specification, IPv6. This forward-looking design ensures a forward-compatible system and offers system designers investment protection as the standards evolve.
Benefits to the User and Network Manager
The NVIDIA nForce3 Pro advanced networking technology gives both network managers and workstation users the benefits of in-depth NVIDIA experience for optimizing critical core functionality. With built-in solutions for today’s fastest Ethernet access methods, the NVIDIA nForce3 Pro platform processors ensure that systems can survive and thrive in today’s fast evolving networked environments. Management functionality has been built into the NVIDIA solution, making it possible to effectively monitor and catch system problems before they escalate. The NVIDIA solution also incorporates high-performance technologies for security features, introducing a desktop level of protection that augments other corporate security measures and makes in-home and corporate systems safer from unauthorized access.