The first full quarter of shipments for the Intel "Romley" and "Sandy Bridge" server platforms helped drive the 10G Ethernet server adapter and LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) segment to strong results in Q2, with ports increasing almost 20% from Q1 and over 50% from last year, according to Crehan Research. Within this, 10GBASE-T saw "dramatic growth," according Seamus Crehan, principal of Crehan Research, with Q2 port shipments exceeding all cumulative 10GBASE-T shipments up to this point (see chart below).
But in Q2's 10G server adapter and LOM momentum, Intel was a major driver of the big quarter-over-quarter growth, with its integrated X540 product, Crehan says. Broadcom was also a significant contributor to the sequential growth, with its BCM578x0 series, he posits.
The PHY (Physical Layer Interface) chips are also an integral part of this growth with Aquantia and Broadcom major contributors, Crehan says.
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