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AQtion AQN-108 5 GbE/2.5 GbE Network Interface Adapter

Enabling New Levels of Multi-Gigabit Connectivity for High-Performance PCs and Professional Workstations

Product Overview

The Aquantia AQtion AQN-108 Network Interface Card (NIC) is based on the company's award-winning AQtion Ethernet controller. It delivers Multi-Gig connectivity for PCs and workstations that was previously only available for high-end servers. The AQtion AQN-108 is ideally suited for PCs and workstations used for Enterprise, gaming, and home networks requiring rates beyond 1 Gbps up to, 5 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps.

This innovative Aquantia NIC supports 5Gbps and 2.5Gbps Ethernet speeds over standard Cat 5e copper cables. Compliant to the IEEE 802.3bz standard ratified in September 2016, The AQtion AQN-108 NIC is also backwards-compatible with legacy 1000BASE-T Ethernet.

The Aquantia AQN-108 is a single-chip, single-port, high-performance PCIe 3.0 multi-gigabit 5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet adapter. It supports line-rate performance up to 5 GbE Ethernet links and incorporates Aquantia's AQrate technology to deliver 5 GbE and 2.5 GbE network connectivity speed through 100 meters of Cat 5e cabling and also enables higher data rates over legacy cabling.

The AQtion NIC's integrated AQrate PHY is compatible with both the IEEE 802.3an/bz standard and with the NBASE-TTM Alliance PHY specification to perform all the physical layer functions required to implement 5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX transmission over 100 meters of twisted pair cabling. The AQrate PHY family integrates Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP)/1588v2.


Aquantia's AQN-108 is a game changer that enables Enterprise, gaming, and home networking to evolve beyond 1 Gbps up to the 5 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps rates. The AQN-108 is ideally suited for client PCs and workstations.

Drivers: Windows? 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32/64 bit), Linux 3.2, 3.10, 3.12, 4.2, and 4.4 Utilities: Production test tool, ROM programming and Windows Installer Boot Options: UEFI and PXE Power Management: Wake-on-LAN (WoL)

Features Single chip solution PCI Express Gen3 Bus width MSI, MSI-X, and legacy INTx PCIe interrupts Two SMBus (Master/Slave + Slave)

Benefits Integrated PCIe, MAC, and PHY minimizes board space and power utilization Supports line rates of 8.0 GT/s Supports Gen3 x1 Improved CPU utilization and network performance Communication and management function

1 Tom's Hardware selected the Aquantia AQtion controller as the "Best New Motherboard Feature" for its CES 2017 Best in Show award

PHY Specific Features Integrated Aquantia AQrate PHY featuring NBASE-T technology

Benefits 100 meters over Cat 5e at 5 G/ 2.5 G / 1 G / 100 M

Advanced cable diagnostics

On-chip high resolution cable analyzer

Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and 1588v2

Management of time-sensitive traffic packets

EEE support

MAC Specific Features Large Send Offload (LSO), Receive-Side Scaling (RSS), Direct Cache Access (DCA) header checksum

PHY power savings mode Benefits Increased network performance and lower host CPU utilization

WoL power management

Supports lower power modes

On-chip CPU DASH

Desktop management

Quality of Service (QOS) support

Up to eight traffic classes and Data Center Bridging (DCB)

Jumbo frames (up to 9Kbytes) 16Kbytes

Improved network performance with reduced CPU utilization

IPv4, IPv6/TCP and IPv6/UDP checksum offload

Offloading calculations and improved CPU usage

Board Specifications

Ethernet Network Adapter

Aquantia AQtion PCIe x1 5 GbE/2.5 GbE NIC

Ethernet Controller


External Connector Type


Cable Type

100 meters with Cat 5e cabling

Supported Data Rates

5 G/2.5 G/1 G/100 Mbps

Bus Width

PCIe Gen3 x1

Typical Power Consumption

4W at 5 Gbps with full length 100 M Cat5e

Operating Temperature

0?C to 70?C

Standard compliance

IEEE 802.3bz ? NBASE-TIEEE 802.3x ? flow controlIEEE 802.1P ? quality of serviceIEEE 802.1QAV ? AVB

Safety standards


EMC standards


OS Driver Support

Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, and 7 (32-Bit/64-Bit), Linux 3.2, 3.10, 3.12, 4.2 and 4.4

Utilities Supported

Windows Diagnostics, Windows Installer Utilities

Management Supported

WOL, ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

Boot Options Supported

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) 2.3/2.5, PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) 2.0

Ordering Part number

AQN-108-101-SFA (Full-height bracket), AQN-108-101-SHA (Half-height bracket)

Board Dimensions

3.72 in. x 3.18 in. (without bracket)

Aquantia Corp. | 105 E Tasman Dr, San Jose, CA 95134 | phone: +1.408.228.8300 |

Aquantia Corp. reserves the right to make changes to the product(s) or information contained herein without notice. No liability is assumed as a result of their use or application. Aquantia and the Aquantia logo are trademarks of Aquantia Corp. Copyright ? 2017 Aquantia Corp.

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