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FastLinQ® Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)

FastLinQ® Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) support simultaneous LAN and SAN traffic with powerful hardware offloads that improve system performance.

FastLinQ® 8300 Series CNA

The Cavium™ FastLinQ® 8300 Series 10GbE Adapters are Cavium's fourth generation of Converged Network Adapters, supporting simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN [Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI] traffic at line rate, 10Gbps Ethernet (GbE) speeds—at extremely low CPU utilization with full hardware offloads. This extreme performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in today's powerful multiprocessor, multicore servers. In addition, support for powerful virtualization features make this adapter ideal for virtualized environments that need excellent I/O performance to service growing numbers of virtual machines (VMs). The ability to support multiple protocols simultaneously on the same hardware offers multi-tenancy flexibility, which is ideal for private and public cloud environments.


The Cavium™ FastLinQ® 8300 Series 10GbE Converged Network Adapters come in single- and dual-port models with support for SFP+ direct attach copper cables and SR (short reach) optical transceivers.

  • 10Gbps per-port maximum throughput for high bandwidth storage and networking traffic
  • Over 1.2 million FCoE IOPS reduce latency in high-transaction-intensive applications and virtualized environments
  • Single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support for faster performance in virtualized environments
  • Reduced hardware, cabling, and management costs by enabling more applications (virtual machines) to run on a single server with converged traffic to top-of-the-rack switch
  • Decreased power and cooling costs using the fewest PCI Express® lanes in PCIe® Gen3 environments
  • Overlapping protection domains (OPD) to ensure a high level of reliability as data moves to and from the PCI bus
  • Future-proof design enables conversion to a 2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Product Information

SKU PCIe Connecter Ports Speed Connection Type
QLE8360-CU-CK x8 1 10Gbps Direct Attach Copper
QLE8362-CU-CK x8 2 10Gbps Direct Attach Copper
QLE8360-SR-CK x8 1 10Gbps SR-Optic
QLE8362-SR-CK x8 2 10Gbps SR-Optic
Product Literature
8300 Series

10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe Converged Network Adapters.

Harnessing the Power Hyper-V Virtual Server Engine

This paper features Xeon E5 processors, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, 10GbE LANs, and Gen 5 Fibre Channel SANs.

Visualize I/O Connectivity for VMware vSphere

Cavium QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter simplifies and accelerates deployment and management.

Unified Adapter Management Across the Data Center

Cavium QConvergeConsole simplifies and accelerates deployment and management in Windows and Linux.

Cavium FlexSuite Adapters

2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapters and 8300 Series 10GbE Converged Network Adapters.

Optimize Server Virtualization with Cavium's 10GbE Secure SR-IOV

Flexible, secure, and high-performance network virtualization with Cavium 10GbE SR-IOV solutions.

Simplify Storage and Network Adapter Management in VMware

Cavium QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter makes adapter management easier.

Cavium Platform and Methodology for Product Evaluations

Delivering transparent and consistent performance and functional test results.

NIC Partitioning and Data Center Bridging

Cavium delivers iSCSI over data center bridging with type-length-value (TLV) support.

NIC Partitioning and VMware's NetIOC

Cavium is driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with enhanced QoS manageability.

NIC Partitioning and SR-IOV

Cavium is driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with NIC Partitioning.

Cavium Fibre Channel Stack

Most diverse offering with field-hardened stability and reliability.

Introduction to Ethernet Latency

Learn more about latency and latency measurement.

The Benefits of I/O Virtualization in Windows Server 2012

Virtualize Tier-1 applications and increase VM density in Hyper-V with single root I/O virtualization.

Cavium I/OFlex Technology—Any I/O, Any Network

Cavium brings unparalleled flexibility and increased investment protection to the data center.

Copper Cable Support Matrix

View a list of cables that have been qualified with 3200 Series Intelligent Ethernet Adapters.

Media and Analyst Coverage

Read the latest news about Cavium and our products.

Cavium KnowHow: SR-IOV Configuration with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Cavium enhances CPU efficiency and I/O performance with SR-IOV. Learn about the pre-boot configuration steps to enable SR-IOV for your adapter.

Cavium KnowHow: SR-IOV Configuration for 8300 Series Adapters

Cavium delivers VM scalability and security with SR-IOV. Learn about the pre-boot configuration steps to enable SR-IOV for your server and adapter.

Cavium KnowHow: I/OFlex Technology

I/OFlex Technology is a free, field-configurable firmware upgrade that enables IT administrators to define personality (16Gb Fibre Channel, 10GbE, or FCoE) on a single adapter. Learn how easy it is to switch the personality of your adapter in this short introduction to I/OFlex.

Next Generation Server Attach Strategy

Eliminate I/O Bottlenecks Using High Speed Interconnects. Using Cavium's Adaptive Convergence technology, a single PCIe slot in the server can be used over the lifetime of the server to support Fibre Channel SANs and converged networks.

Cavium KnowHow: QConvergeConsole GUI: Getting Started

QConvergeConsole is an enterprise-class, web-based, single-pane-of-glass console that allows for centralized management and configuration of the broad product line of Cavium adapters unified across the entire data center network, both LAN and SAN. Learn how to install QCC GUI, connect to multiple hosts and be introduced to the basic functionality available from QConvergeConsole.

Cavium KnowHow: Installing Cavium Adapters in VMware ESXi 5.x Environments

Integrating the VMware virtualization solution with Intelligent Ethernet, Converged Network, or Fibre Channel Adapters for network and storage will optimize the virtualized data center infrastructure to provide enterprise-class LAN and SAN connectivity.

Cavium KnowHow: Installing a CIM Provider and the QCC vCenter Plug-in

Simplify storage and network adapter management in VMware using the QConvergeConsole (QCC) Plug-in for VMware vCenter. In this episode of Cavium KnowHow, learn how to install the CIM provider and the QCC vCenter Plug-in to manage your Cavium adapters.

QLE8360-CU - Single-port 10GbE Ethernet to PCIe Converged Network Adapter with empty SFP+ cage (meant for use with copper cable).

QLE8362-CU - Dual-port 10GbE Ethernet to PCIe Converged Network Adapter with empty SFP+ cages (meant for use with copper cables).

QLE8360-SR - Single-port 10GbE Ethernet to PCIe Converged Network Adapter with SR optical transceiver.

QLE8362-SR - Dual-port 10GbE Ethernet to PCIe Converged Network Adapter with SR optical transceivers.

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