PCI 100Base-FX MMF Fiber Optic Fast Ethernet Card

Image: Picture of the National Security Agency InsigniaThe AEI-P100FX offers a cost effective solution for high performance fiber optic networks.  It is an ideal solution for high electro-magnetic environments; for time-sensitive transmissions, such as voice and video; or where cable lengths exceed 100 meters. Moreover, fiber optic networks offer resistance to tapping.


The P100FX Series offers significant performance and power improvement over media converters.  According to David Pacifico with the US Navy, "We were able to significantly improve network performance by eliminating media converters and installing the P100."  Additionally, since the P100 Series is powered by the PCI Bus (3.3V or 5V), power consumption is dramatically reduced when compared to media converters that use double or more the power.  From an integration perspective, the necessity to power-up a media converter using wall-power or hardwiring is eliminated.

It utilizes the popular Intel 21143-PD chipset, which means the device driver is embedded and fully plug and play in Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.  The P100 includes driver support across a broad range of operating systems and architectures including Windows, Solaris SPARC, HP-UX (10.20, 11), Linux, IRIX, NetWare, FreeBSD, and more. This comprehensive driver suite allows for one-stop shopping, and uniformity in your fiber optic network.

Additionally, AEI Intelligent Technologies is the only company that incorporates Boot Rom support on their fiber optic Fast Ethernet cards.  Support is provided for Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, and many popular operating systems.  Thus, the P100 Series offers OEM's compatibility with distribution servers, and ease of installation.

More and more, companies have learned the advantages of speed and security that fiber optics provides. AEI’s P100FX Series is a perfect solution for any fiber network.

Advanced Server Features - with every adapter comes AEI's PacketEngine Software suite.  PacketEngine allows users to configure trunk groups based on the Physical Layer 1 (Port aggregation), as well as Layer 3 and Layer 4 criteria.  A user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) provides for Active Port Failover (all ports in the failover group Tx/Rx packets) Windows, Linux, Solaris, and other popular operating systems.  Finally Adaptive or Dynamic Load Balancing is provided.  Please, contact us for available OS and revision support.



  • SC or ST fiber optic transceivers.

  • 62.5/125 and 50/125µm multimode fiber optic cable.

  • Supports cable lengths up to 2 km.

  • No media converters... lower power consumption and expense.

  • Only fiber optic Fast Ethernet card for Sun Microsystems Solaris SPARC platforms.

  • Compatible with other brand 802.3u network equipment.

  • EMI resistant.

  • Resistant to tapping.

  • DMA Bus Mastering, Lower CPU Utilization

  • Easy to install and configure.

  • Half or Full Duplex operation.

  • Maximum throughput is 200Mbps.

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

  • DMA Bus Mastering for lower CPU utilization.


  • Proxy, application, file, and print servers.

  • Desktop and server environments on fiber optic backbones.

  • SOHO to Enterprise network environments.

  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)

  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)

  • Network segmentation (for network security purposes)

  • Firewalls, gateways and routers.




AEI-P100FX-SC... PCI 100Base-FX fiber NIC, SC connector, multimode, 2 km

AEI-P100FX-ST... PCI 100Base-FX fiber NIC, ST connector, multimode, 2km


P100-BR... Boot Rom available for additional charge.  All popular operating systems.  PXE Programmed and tested.

Single Mode Available. Contact us for details.

Connector Single fiber optic duplex SC or ST female connector.
62.5/125 µm Multi-mode Fiber cables - 1300nm
Distances up to 2 km
IEEE Standards IEEE 802.3u (100Base-Tx Ethernet)
IEEE 802.3ad (Port Aggregation)
802.1Q (VLAN)
802.1x (Flow Control)

Fast EtherChannel (FEC) supported.

Network Management Software
Provided at nominal expense! 
contact us for supported operating systems and versions.
Speeds 100Base-FX  (Up to 200 Mbps in full duplex operation)
Duplex Half or Full Duplex operation capable.


Auto-negotiation between Full duplex and simplex operations.

Data transfer Mode DMA Bus Mastering, lower CPU utilization
LEDs Link, Activity, and Speed
Slot Type 32/64-bit, 33MHz
3.3V or 5V slot
Universal short card
Bus Type PCI 2.1 & 2.2 compliant, compatible with PCI-X slots
Parallel Detection Yes
Driver Support

Device Drivers

Windows 95/98, NT 4.0, 2000, 2000 Advance Server, Win XP, and Server 2003 (1)
Novell Netware 4.x, 5.X
Linux 2.2 / 2.4 (1)
FreeBSD (1)
Solaris (x86)
IRIX 6.5  - Click Here

HP-UX 10.2 (PA-RISC)  -Click Here (may need to remove the BTLAN driver.)
VxWorks - built into the OS

(1) = Drivers are built into the operating system (Plug & Play).  Also offered are proprietary device drivers to support AEI cards.

Certifications FCC Part 15, Subpart B
Transmission -20 dBm (minimum)
Sensitivity -31 dBm (Maximum)
MTBF* 137 years
Environment Specs Temperature: operating 0C to 70C
Humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing
Dimensions 5.25" (L) x 3.75" (H)
Power Consumption

Operating Voltage: 3.3VDC/5VDC (< 15W)