cPCI-X 2-Port 10/100/1000 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet, 32/64-bit

AEI Intelligent Technologies' CompactPCI dual port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet NIC card (CP1200TX) is designed to deliver high performance, and high reliability for demanding applications, as well as legacy Fast Ethernet connectivity.  It is CompactPCI-X compatible, and subsequently backwards compatible to CompactPCI.



It provides a full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet connection on an IEEE-compliant 3U Eurocard form factor (Optional 6U adapter kit).  The Gigabit Ethernet interfaces provides unparalleled server throughput that helps reduce administrative complexity by replacing multiple slower interface cards with a single Gigabit adapter.   Furthermore, the CP1200TX is competitively priced to compete against other multi-channel Fast Ethernet cards for those applications requiring port density.

AEI's adapters are the perfect solution for a cost effective, instant performance boost over existing Category 5 UTP copper cabling.  It also offers scalability for those contemplating future upgrades to Gigabit technology.

AEI's CompactPCI adapters support multiprocessing. It is possible to have more than one processor board on a CompactPCI backplane. These boards can take control of the PCI bus and send data directly to another PCI peripheral on the bus. The PCI bus on the host processor (system controller) arbitrates the access to the PCI bus if several intelligent peripherals (slaves) attempt to take control of the PCI bus at the same time. This type of multiprocessing is typically designed to let intelligent peripherals perform dedicated tasks to offload the host CPU.

Design Characteristics

The CP1200TX supports and auto-negotiates between 32/64-bit, and 33/66 MHz datapaths. The CP1200TX supports PICMG standard PCI specifications.  It is uniquely designed with integrated magnetics, low profile surface mount resistors and capacitors, high precision oscillator, and other high-end discrete components.  The result is a card that is highly reliable, resistant to damage, fault tolerant, and performance that is unparalleled.  The CP1200TX is fully interoperable with existing Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet hubs, switches and routers.   


Hardware Hot Swap Adaptable

The AEI Gigabit adapter is designed to be hot swap adaptable.  This hot-swap support reduces downtime by allowing administrators to insert, remove, and upgrade cards while the system is still powered-up and operating.  For those interested in Hot Swap features, please contact us for availability of hot swap compliant device drivers, and hardware updates. 


Boot ROM Support

AEI designs its server class Gigabit adapters with Boot ROM support, and offers embedded programming services (no charge) for all popular operating systems.  Thus, OEMs can utilize distribution servers to ease installation, and provide seamless integration of the CP1200TX into its designs.


Jumbo Frame

The Gigabit adapter is configurable to support Jumbo Frame (Up to 16KB)


Advanced Server Features
AEI's CompactPCI Gigabit adapters utilize the popular Intel 82546 chipset, which comes with numerous advance server features built into its architecture. Hardware acceleration offloads tasks from the host processor including TCP/UDP/IP checksum calculations and TCP segmentation.  Link aggregation, failover, and load balancing are offered, and the adapter is also fully compliant with Gigabit EthernetChannel and Fast EtherChannel trunking algorithms.   (switch dependant 802.3ad (LACP) )



  • Ten times the throughput of standard Fast Ethernet cards.

  • 3U form factor with font panel I/O connectors.

  • Eliminates the need for Carrier cards.

  • Nway auto negotiation / automatic sensing and switching between 10 Mbps / 100 Mbps/ 1000Mbps AND  half or full duplex operation.

  • 32/64-bit Auto Sense Data Path

  • Easy to install and configure.

  • Half or Full Duplex operation.

  • Cross Platform support for a broad range of operating systems and architectures.

  • DMA Bus Mastering for lower CPU utilization.

  • Hardware Hot Swap Adaptable (read above)

  • Access multiple network segments and conserve valuable cPCI slots

  • Easy, cost-effective 10/100/1000 migration over existing Category-5 cabling

  • Multi-Gigabit scalability and increased uptime through advanced server features


  • Proxy, application, file, and print servers.

  • SOHO to Enterprise network environments.

  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)

  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)

  • Network segmentation (for network security purposes)

  • Firewalls, gateways and routers.




AEI-CP1200TX.. cPCI 3U 10/100/1000 Dual Gigabit Ethernet card 

AEI-1200TXU6... Optional 6U conversion kit

User Manual


Connector Dual front panel RJ-45(f)
10/100/1000 with integrated magnetics
Ethernet Controller Intel 82546GB chipset.
IEEE Standards IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T Ethernet)
IEEE 802.3u (100Base-Tx Ethernet)
IEEE 802.3ab (1000Base-T)
IEEE 802.3ad (Port Aggregation)
IEEE 802.1Q (VLAN)
IEEE 802.1x (Flow Control)
IEEE 802.1p (Layer 2 Priority Encoding QoS)
IEEE 802.1z

PICMG 2.16 Compliant

Fast EtherChannel (FEC) and Gigabit EtherChannel (GEC) supported.

Form Factor Industrial 3U Eurocard form factor
Optional 6U conversion kit available.
On-chip SMBus 2.0 portport Enables IPMI, and ASF implementations
Allows packets to be routed to and from either LAN port and a server management processor
ASF 1.0 alerting Provides alerting and remote control capabilities with standardized interfaces
Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) 2.1 flash interface support (32-bit and 64-bit) Local flash interface for a PXE image
Offloading Features Checksum off-loading:  IP, TCP, and UDP checksum off-loading capabilities on RX and TX.  Reduced host CPU utilization.

TCP segmentation: Increased throughput and lower CPU utilization. Compatible with large send offload feature found in Windows*2000 and Windows* XP

Jumbo Frame Up to 16 KB
Duplex Half or Full Duplex operation capable.
Wake on LAN (WoL) Support Yes, Packet recognition and wakeup for network adapter
J1/J2 Connector Auto Sense:
PCI v2.2 32/64 bit, 33/66Mhz
PCI-X v1.0 32/64-bit, 66/100/133MHz
3.3V or 5V interface.
Data transfer Mode DMA bus mastering, lower CPU utilization
On-board Memory 1MB Flash/Boot ROM
VLAN IEEE 802.1Q VLAN support with VLAN tag insertion and stripping and packet filtering for up to 4096 VLAN tags.  Enables IT staff to easily create multiple virtual LAN segments.
Cable & Distance Ethernet, 10Base-T  (Cat 3, 4, 5 UTP)
Fast Ethernet, 100Base-Tx  (Cat 5 UTP )
Gigabit Ethernet, 1000Base-T (Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6, and DataTwist 600e)

Distance up to 100 meters maximum.
For Gigabit transmissions, recommend use of Belden Cable's DataTwist 600e.
Suggested reading for Gigabit cabling:  AEI whitepaper 2003-01-21.

Auto-negotiation / NWay

Auto-negotiation between Full duplex and simplex operations AND between 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps

LEDs ACTIVITY, LINK, STATUS, 100 Mbps, 1000 Mbps, and two user programmable.
PCI Standards PCI v2.2 32/64 bit, 33/66Mhz
PCI-X v1.0 32/64-bit, 66/100/133MHz
Bus Type PCI v2.1 & v2.2 32/64 bit, 33/66Mhz
PCI-X v1.0 32/64-bit, 66/100/133MHz
Driver Support

ODI, NDIS, Packet driver for various network operating systems including:

LANtastic,  LAN Server, NetWare, OS/2, Windows and Linux.

Device Drivers

  • Windows

  • Solaris 2.7+ (x86)

  • Linux 2.2.x and 2.4.x kernel

  • DOS, OS/2, ODI

  • Novel NetWare 4.11 and higher

  • UnixWare 7.x and OpenUNIX 8

  • FreeBSD 4.5 kernel

  • VxWorks Tornado Rev. x.x

  • and more!

Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) 197 (Years)

*According to Telcordia SR-332 Issue 1
Environmental condition – G B (Ground, Fixed, Controlled). Ambient temperature - 25 ° C. Temperature rise of 10 ° C above the system ambient temperature was assumed for the cards components.
Certifications FCC Part 15, Subpart B - Class A; CE; CISPR-22-A; CISPR-22-B, VCCI-A; CSA 22.2 No. 950-95; and CE compliant to: EN55024, EN50082-1, EN60950
Environment Specs Temperature: operating 0C to 55C
Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing
Power Consumption

Operating Voltage: 3.3 VDC/5VDC

Consumption: 1.6W