AQtion Ethernet Adapters

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AQtion Ethernet NICs

Marvell AQtion Network Interface Cards (NICs) are based on the award-winning AQtion Ethernet controller architecture. They deliver Multi-Gig connectivity of up to 10GbE for PCs and professional workstations – a level of network performance that was previously only available in high-end servers. These PCIe add-in boards are ideally suited for high-performance systems used for enterprise applications, gaming, SOHO networking and a variety of data-intensive, industrial applications.

AQtion NIC cards support 5G and 2.5Gbps Ethernet speeds over standard Cat 5e and Cat 6 copper cables. Compliant to the IEEE 802.3bz standard ratified in September 2016, these adapters are also backward-compatible with legacy 1000BASE-T Ethernet. The AQtion AQN-107 NIC has the added benefit of supporting 10GBASE-T Ethernet over Cat 6A cabling in compliance with the IEEE 802.3an standard. These NICs are compactly engineered and based on a single-chip, integrated physical layer (PHY) controller solution.

Cloud computing, big data analytics and virtualization continue to push for higher data rates. As a result, the global trend towards video and social media is accelerating the market demand for faster wired connectivity at the network access level, towards Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity. AQtion NICs easily meet those demands. By supporting PCI Express x4 and x1 versions with a single RJ45 port, Aquantia NICs enable an easy upgrade path for existing PCs and upcoming models that will fully utilize the bandwidth capabilities of modern CPUs and GPUs.


  • Driver support: Windows 7, 8.1 & 10;  Windows Server 2012, 2016 & 2019;  Linux Kernel 3.10 and higher; FreeBSD 12; DPDK; VMware ESXi
  • Linux distributions: Redhat 7.4 and higher
  • Remote boot: UEFI and PXE

Product Comparison Chart

Product Name Description Documentation
AQtion AQN-107 PCIe 3.0 Multi-Gig 10Gbps Ethernet adapter Product Brief
AQtion AQN-108 PCIe 3.0 Multi-Gig 5Gbps Ethernet adapter Product Brief
AQtion AQN-100 SFP+ 10Gbps Ethernet adapter for servers and high-performance workstations Product Brief