Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
PRODUCT BRIEF
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
Network Connectivity
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
Low-power, small-footprint, single-port gigabit network controller with support for IEEE* 802.1Qav Audio-Video Bridging for Desktop, Server, and Embedded applications.
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210
Family Overview
Key Features
• IEEE* 802.1Qav Audio-Video Bridging (AVB)
for customers requiring tightly controlled
media stream synchronization, buffering and
reservation
• Hardware-based time stamping of IEEE 1588
and 802.1AS packets enabling high-precision
time synchronization over Ethernet
• Innovative power management features including Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and DMA
Coalescing for increased efficiency and reduced
power consumption
• Available in Industrial Temperature: -40 °C to 85
°C. Extended lifecycle support protects system
investment by providing seven-year manufacturing availability for customers
• Ideal for Embedded applications such as
Industrial Automation, In-Vehicle Infotainment,
Medical, Print Imaging, Telecommunications
Infrastructure, Military
• Extended management support including MCTP,
NC-SI or SMBus interfaces supporting IPMI passthrough and OS2BMC
• Low-Halogen1, high-performance, low-power,
small package, PCI Express* 10/100/1000
Ethernet Connection with multiple interface
options
• MDI (Copper) standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet interface for 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
connections (IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab)
• The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS supports
a SERDES interface for 1000BASE-SX/LX fiber
connections as well as a SGMII interface for SFP
and external PHY connections
• PCI Express* v 2.1 with 2.5 GT/s Support for x1
link width
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
provides an ideal GbE solution for customers looking for a full-featured Gigabit
Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) and
Physical-Layer (PHY) for Desktop, Server,
and Embedded Applications. The Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210 Family supports
advanced features such as Audio-Video
Bridging (AVB), IEEE 802.1AS Precision
Time Stamping, Error Correcting Code
(ECC) Packet Buffers, and Enhanced Management Interface options.
10/100/1000 PCI-Express* (PCIe) x1
Connectivity
Single-port controllers use a PCIe v2.1 one
lane (x1) interface operating at 2.5 GT/s.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
provides fully integrated GbE MAC/PHY
capabilities that can be configured for either 1000 Mb/s or 10/100 Mb/s modes of
operation. The Intel® Ethernet Controller
I210 Family enables a quick migration from
custom interconnects to Ethernet.
Filled with Performance
Optimization Capabilities
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
contains four transmit and four receive
queues for the single port. These queues
offer Error Correcting Memory (ECC) protection for improved data reliability. The
controller efficiently manages packets
with minimum latency by combining parallel and pipelined logic architectures optimized for these independent transmit and
receive queues. These queues, combined
with Receive Side Scaling (RSS) and Message Signal Interrupt Extension (MSI-X)
support, provide a toolset for optimizing
the performance on multi-core processor designs. Advanced interrupt-handling
features to manage multiple interrupts
simultaneously, combined with intelligent
filtering, ordering, and directing of packets
to specific queues and cores, enables loadbalancing the network traffic flows to improve throughput in multi-core platforms.
Other performance-enhancing features
include IPv4 and IPv6 checksum offload,
TCP/UDP checksum offload, extended Tx
descriptors for more offload capabilities,
up to 256 KB TCP segmentation (TSO v2),
header splitting, 40 KB packet buffer size,
and 9.5 KB Jumbo Frame support.
Advanced Features
Audio-Video Bridging (AVB)
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family supports IEEE 802.1Qav Audio-Video
Bridging (AVB) for customers requiring
tightly controlled media stream synchronization, buffering, and reservation. The
802.1Qav is part of the AVB specification
that provides a way to guarantee bounded
latency and latency variation for timesensitive traffic and includes:
•
Timing and Synchronization for timespecific applications (802.1AS)
•
Stream Reservation (SR) protocol to
guarantee the resources needed for
Audio/Video (AV) streams (802.1Qat)
•
Forwarding and queueing enhancements for time-sensitive streams
(802.1Qav).
IEEE 1588/802.1AS Time Stamping
Power Management Technologies
Multiple Interface Options
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
supports IEEE 1588/802.1AS for precision time stamping of packets. IEEE 1588
provides a mechanism for clock synchronization requirements of measurement and
control systems. The protocol supports
system-wide synchronization accuracy in
the sub-microsecond range with minimal
network and local clock computing resources. The protocol is spatially localized
and allows simple systems to be installed
and operate. The IEEE 802.1AS standard
specifies the protocol used to ensure that
synchronization requirements are met for
time-sensitive applications, such as audio
and video, across bridged and Virtual
Bridged Local Area Networks (VBLAN)
consisting of LAN media where the transmission delays are essentially fixed and
symmetrical.
Today, companies want to decrease
energy consumption across the enterprise
to reduce costs and environmental impact,
while also solving increasingly important
power density challenges. That’s why
Intel has introduced new, advanced Power
Management Technologies with the Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210 Family that enable platforms to configure its power options and more effectively manage power
consumption.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
provides a fully integrated GbE MAC/PHY,
which has integrated power control components that can reduce board component
cost and board layout space. The small 9
mm x 9 mm package size increases board
layout flexibility for all types of client,
server, and embedded designs.
Flexible Filters
This reduces power to approximately
50% of its normal operating power-saving
power on both the network and the
switch ports. When increased traffic is
detected, the controller and the switch
quickly come back to full power to handle
the increased traffic. EEE is supported for
both 1000BASE-T and 100BASE-TX.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
supports a total of eight individually configurable flexible filters. They can be used
for wake-up or proxying when in D3 state
or for queueing when in D0 state.
Secure Flexible Firmware Architecture
Flexible Firmware Architecture with Secure NVM Update that protects the flash
from external unauthorized software
programming. The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family also supports Dynamic
Firmware Updating that enables Firmware
Updates without the need for a system
reboot.
Software Definable Pins
Four Software Definable Pins (GPIOs)
enable additional design customization for
embedded platforms. SDPs can be used
for IEEE 1588 auxiliary device connections, enable/disable of the device, and for
other miscellaneous hardware or software-control purposes. These pins can
be individually configured to act as either
standard inputs, General-Purpose Interrupt (GPI) inputs or output pins, as well as
the default value of all pins configured as
outputs.
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Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
supports the IEEE 802.3az EEE standard
so that during periods of low network activity, EEE reduces the power consumption
of an Ethernet connection by negotiating
with the switch port to transition to a low
power idle (LPI) state.
DMA Coalescing
DMA Coalescing (DMAC) provides a way
to reduce power. Typically, when a packet
arrives, DMA calls are made to transfer
the packet within the system. These calls
“wake up” the processor, memory and
other system components from a lower
power state in order to perform the tasks
required to handle the incoming packet.
Based on the configurable DMAC settings,
incoming packets are buffered momentarily before any DMA calls are made.
This enables the controller to intelligently
identify opportunities to batch multiple
packets so that when components are
wakened from lower power states they
can efficiently handle all the batched
packets at the same time. This enables
components to remain in lower power
states longer, which can dramatically
reduce platform energy consumption.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT and
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IT controllers provide MDI (Copper) a standard IEEE
802.3 Ethernet interface for 1000BASE-T,
100BASE-TX, and 10BASE-T applications
(802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab). The Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210-IS provides
a SERDES interface to connect over a
1000BASE-BX or 1000BASE-KX backplane to another SERDES-compliant device
or to an optical module. The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS can also support
an SGMII interface for SFP and external
PHY connections for even greater design
flexibility.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
has excellent thermal characteristics. The
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT operates at less than 730 mW with the Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210-IT operating at
less than 800 mW. The Intel® Ethernet
Controller I210-IS will operate at less than
550 mW.
Flexible Design Configurations
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
can be used for server system configurations such as rack-mounted or pedestal
servers, in an add-on NIC, in LAN on
Motherboard (LOM) designs and for blade
servers. In the latter case, the Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210-IS can support a
SERDES port in a LOM design or on a blade
mezzanine card.
For customers needing extended temperature ranges, the Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT supports commercial temperature ranges of 0 °C to 70 °C and the Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210-IT with the Intel®
Ethernet Controller I210-IS supporting -40
°C to 85 °C for industrial applications.
Interfaces for Network
Manageability
Packaged in an Environmentally
Friendly Design
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
provides OS2BMC, SMBus and DMTFdefined Network Con- troller Sideband
Interface (NC-SI) for BMC manageability.
In addition, it introduces support for Management Component Transport Protocol
(MCTP), a new DMTF standard, enabling
a BMC to gather infor-mation about Intel
Ethernet Controllers that use the data
rate, link speed, and error counts.
The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210 Family
is low halogen and completely lead-free
in its silicon and package design to reduce
the potential for environmental impact.
External Interfaces
PCI Express* Interface v2.1
• 2.5 GT/s Support for x1 width (Lane)
Network Interfaces
•MDI (Copper) standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet interface for 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 10BASE-T applications (802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab)
•Serializer-Deserializer (SERDES) to support 1000BASE-SX/LX (optical fiber - IEEE 802.3)
•Serializer-Deserializer (SERDES) to support 1000BASE-KX (IEEE 802.3ap) and 1000BASE-BX (PICMIG
3.1) for Gigabit backplane applications
• SGMII (Serial-GMII Specification) interface for SFP (SFP MSA INF-8074i)/external PHY connections
Management Interfaces
• Pass-Through (PT) Functionality via a sideband interface
• DMTF Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI)
• Intel® System Management Bus (SMBus)
BOM Cost Reduction
Feature
Benefits
On-chip integrated Switched Voltage Regulator
(iSVR)
Removes need for a higher cost on-board voltage regulator
Ethernet Features
IEEE* 802.3* auto-negotiator
• Automatic link configuration for speed duplex and flow control
1 Gb/s Ethernet IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab PHY
specifications compliant
•Robust operation over installed base of Cat5 twisted-pair cabling
Integrated PHY for 10/100/1000 Mb/s for multispeed, full, and half-duplex
• Smaller footprint and lower power dissipation compared to multiple discreet MAC and PHYs
IEEE 802.3x and IEEE 802.3z compliant flow control
support with software-controllable Rx thresholds
and Tx pause frames
• Local control of network congestion levels
Automatic cross-over detection function (MDI/
MDI-X)
• Frame loss reduced from receive overruns
IEEE 1588 protocol and 802.1AS implementation
• The PHY automatically detects which application is being used and configures itself accordingly
• Time-stamping and synchronization of time sensitive applications
• Distribute common time to media devices
Audio-Video Bridging (AVB) Support (802.1Qav)
• Dedicated Tx and Rx Queues for AVB traffic
• Supports Forwarding and Queuing Enhancements for Time-Sensitive Streams
• Supports Time-based transmission
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Power Management and Efficiency
<730 mW S0-Max (state) 1000BASE-T Active 70 oC
(Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT)
• Controller is designed for low power consumption
<800 mW S0-Max (state) 1000BASE-T Active 85 oC
(Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IT)
<550 mW S0-Max (state) 1GbE SERDES/SGMII Active
85 oC (Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS)
IEEE 802.3az - Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
• Power consumption by the PHY is reduced by approximately 50%; link transitions to low power Idle (LPI)
state as defined in the IEEE 802.3az (EEE) standard
DMA Coalescing
• Reduces platform power consumption by coalescing, aligning, and synchronizing DMA
• Enables synchronizing port activity and power management of memory, CPU and RC internal circuitry
Smart Power Down (SPD) at S0 no link/Sx no link
• PHY powers down circuits and clocks that are not required for detection of link activity
Active State Power Management (ASPM)
• Optionality Compliance bit enables ASPM or runs ASPM compliance tests to support entry to L0s
LAN disable function
• Option to disable the LAN Port and/or PCIe Function. Disabling just the PCIe function but keeping the
LAN port that resides on it fully active (for manageability purposes and BMC pass-through traffic).
Full wake up support:
• APM - Designed to receive a broadcast or unicast packet with an explicit data pattern (Magic Pack) and
assert a signal to wake up the system
• Advanced Power Management (APM) Support–
[formerly Wake on LAN]
• Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) specification v2.0c
• ACPI - PCIe power management based wake-up that can generate system wake-up events from a number of sources
• Magic Packet* wake-up enable with unique MAC
address
ACPI register set and power down functionality supporting D0 and D3 states
• Power-managed speed control lowers link speed/power when highest link performance is not required
MAC Power Management controls
• Power management controls in the MAC /PHY enable the device to enter a low-power state
Low Power Link Up - Link Speed Control
• Enables a link to come up at the lowest possible speed in cases where power is more important than
performance
Power Management Protocol Offload (Proxying)
• Enables a link to come up at the lowest possible speed in cases where power is more important than
performance
Latency Tolerance Reporting (LTR)
• Reports service latency requirements for memory reads and writes to the Root Complex
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Stateless Offloads and Performance Features
TCP/UDP, IPv4 checksum offloads (Rx/ Tx/Largesend); Extended Tx descriptors)
• More offload capabilities and improved CPU usage
IPv6 support for IP/TCP and IP/UDP receive checksum offload
• Improved CPU usage
Transmit Segmentation Offloading (TSO) (IPv4, IPv6)
• Increased throughput and lower processor usage
Interrupt throttling control
• Limits maximum interrupt rate and improves CPU usage
Legacy and Message Signal Interrupt (MSI)
• Interrupt mapping.
Message Signal Interrupt Extension (MSI-X)
• Dynamic allocation of up to 5 vectors per port
Intelligent interrupt generation
• Enhanced software device driver performance
Receive Side Scaling (RSS) for Windows*
• Up to four queues per port
Scalable I/O for Linux environments (IPv4, IPv6, TCP/
UDP)
• Improves the system performance related to handling of network data on multiprocessor systems
Support for packets up to 9.5 KB ( Jumbo Frames)
• Enables faster and more accurate throughput of data
Low Latency Interrupts
• Based on the sensitivity of the incoming data, the controller can bypass the automatic moderation of
time intervals between the interrupts
Header/packet data split in receive
• Helps the driver to focus on the relevant part of the packet without the need to parse it
PCIe v2.1 TLP Processing Hint Requester
• Provides hints on a per transaction basis to facilitate optimized processing of
Descriptor ring management hardware for Transmit
and Receive
• Optimized descriptor fetch and write-back for efficient system memory and PCIe bandwidth usage
• Checksum and segmentation capability extended to new standard packet type
Remote Boot Options
Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) flash interface support
• Enables system boot up via the EFI (32 bit and 64 bit)
Intel® iSCSI Remote Boot for Windows, Linux, and
VMware
• Enables system boot up via iSCSI
Intel Boot Agent software--Linux* boot via PXE or
BOOTP, Windows* Deployment Services, or UEFI
• Enables networked computer to boot using a program code image supplied by a remote server
• Flash interface for PXE 2.1 option ROM
• Provides additional network management capability
• Complies with the Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) Version 2.1 Specification
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Manageability Features
DMTF Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI)
Pass-through
• Supports pass through traffic between BMC and Controller’s LAN functions
Intel® System Management Bus (SMBus)
Pass-through
• Enables BMC to configure the Controller’s filters and management related capabilities.
Management Component Transport Protocol (MCTP)
over SMBus and PCIe
• Used for baseboard management controller (BMC) communication between add-in devices
OS2BMC Traffic support
• Transmission and reception of traffic internally to communicate between the OS and local BMC
Private OS2BMC Traffic Flow
• BMC may have its own private connection to the network controller and network flows are blocked
Firmware Based Thermal Management
• Can be programmed via the BMC to initiate Thermal actions and report thermal occurrences
IEEE 802.3 MII Management Interface
• Enables the MAC and software to monitor and control the state of the PHY
MAC/PHY Control and Status
• Enhanced control capabilities through PHY reset, link status, duplex indication, and MAC Dx power state
Watchdog timer
• Defined by the FLASHT register to minimize Flash updates
Extended error reporting
• Messaging support to communicate multiple types/severity of errors
Controller Memory Protection
• Main internal memories are protected by error correcting code (ECC) or parity bits
Vital Product Data (VPD) Support
• Support for VPD memory area
• Meets RMII Spec, Rev. 1.2 as a PHY-side device
Product Codes
I210-MM#
Brand Name
Description
Media
Forecast Name
925131
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT
1000Base-T Commercial Temp
tape and reel
WGI210AT
925132
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-AT
1000Base-T Commercial Temp
tray
WGI210AT
925133
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IT
1000Base-T Industrial Temp
tape and reel
WGI210IT
925138
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IT
1000Base-T Industrial Temp
tray
WGI210IT
925142
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS
SERDES/SGMII Industrial Temp
tape and reel
WGI210IS
925143
Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS
SERDES/SGMII Industrial Temp
tray
WGI210IS
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