Copper-wire networks may have a little more shelf life in them with the development of a new 10GBASE-T adapter from Neterion. The company says the Xframe II adapter provides the full 100m IEEE spec while falling well within the 25W requirements of PCI slots.
The system uses two key technologies: a Terenetics TN1010 10GBASE-T PHY transceiver and Neterion's own Hyperframe virtual I/O. The Terenetics chip provides the bandwidth and low-power consumption, while Hyperframe brings in a PCI-X 2.0 architecture and DDR throughput.
Like all of the Xframe cards, the Xframe II offers IPv4 and IPv6 support, with drivers available for Windows, Lunix, HP, IBM and Sun.
With the fiber-vs.-copper argument as old as the Mac vs. Windows argument, it's probably worth noting that even enterprises that go all-fiber have a way to put their copper to good use with full 10GbE support.