The ARC Series C-Class Network Adapters

The Myricom ARC Series C-Class Network Adapter


The C-Class hardware platform is the basis for the industry’s lowest cost packet capture solution, delivering zero packet loss across the full range of Ethernet packet sizes in combination with Sniffer10G software.

A C-Class adapter enabled by Myricom MVA software provides the highest performance solution for GigE Vision capable cameras in machine vision applications. The MVA software accelerates frame receipt and reduces CPU overhead to virtually nothing.
For Automated Trading applications, the C-Class with DBL software drives down system-level Tick-To-Trade latency and enables advanced financial trading capabilities.
For content creation applications and storage connectivity, the C-Class Adapters offer the highest performance in their class. Support for a broad range of operating systems enables the C-Class to be used in all types of solutions.
The cost-effective C-Class module is available in multiple form factors, including low-profile PCIe and PC/104. It supports Windows, Linux and MAC O/S and is compatible with leading Thunderbolt Chassis.


Bus Interface PCI Express Gen 2, 8 lanes wide
Form Factor Low-profile PCI Express x8 ships with a standard height faceplate installed and a low profile faceplate in the box. Also available in BladeCenter and PC-104 form factors.
Electrical Power 14.5W – 17.7W, Dual Port Adapters
3.9W – 11.3W, Single Port Adapters
Environmental It is recommended that C-Class adapters be installed into servers that provide some air flow over the PCIe slots (very common). Use in an office or computer room environment.
Operating Systems Support for all major Linux distributions as well as Windows 2008R2 and newer. MAC OS X via Thunderbolt 1 and 2 enclosures.
Connections Dual SFP+ 10GbE ports; 10GBase-T; other options available


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Packet Capture Capabilities

Throughput Used with the Sniffer10G software, it provides 100% lossless packet capture and injection for all Ethernet packet sizes and supports the maximum possible 10G packet rate of 14.8 million packets per second.
Packet Capture Software Support The Sniffer10G packet capture capabilities can be leveraged through the popular Libpcap (Linux), WinPcap (Windows) library or directly through the Sniffer10G SNF API, which is available as a set of C programming language functions. Using a SNF-aware libpcap/WinPcap, users reference a C-Class network adapter through its Ethernet interface name and then can run existing libpcap/WinPcap-dependent applications, relying on libpcap/WinPcap’s portable interface. For more advanced usage, the SNF API can be directly targeted by user applications. In both usage cases, network access via the SNF interface to the network adapter, rather than via the standard kernel access, provides higher performance.

Machine Vision

Support for GigE Vision Devices MVA software, running on a C-Class network adapter, provides a high-performance platform for GigE Vision enabled devices. An MVA enabled adapter is uniquely able to provide a virtual frame capture capability for high speed GigE Vision Ethernet cameras. The MVA adapter processes the Ethernet packets composing camera frames and DMAs the payload contiguously and directly into the application buffers with no host CPU involvement. Doing this significantly reduces the overhead cost of frame capture, thereby making more host computer cycles available for image processing. It also reduces latency, reduces jitter and it load balances between host CPU cores. It will never get too busy and drop a packet.

Financial Trading Capabilities

Financial Trading Software Support DBL software drives down Tick-To-Trade latency at multiple points in the trading process, allowing applications to deliver higher fill rates. It moves packets into the host computer with the lowest possible latency, then sends those packets directly to specific CPU cores, bypassing the kernel entirely. It also stages TCP market orders or quotes in advance to further reduce latency.
DBL End Points Support for 32 simultaneous rings (DBL endpoints). The size of each ring is limited by the amount of host memory available. Support of up to 511 simultaneous UDP multicast groups open per Ethernet port (1022 per board).

Regulatory Approvals, Compliance

Emissions Emissions and safety authorities do not certify board-level products. They certify complete systems with all boards installed. To minimize risk for OEM customers, CSPi uses a third-party certification organization to test its Myricom adapters installed into a generic PC. Final test reports are available to customers. We meet US, Canadian, and European emissions, Class A.
Compliance RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances)
Country of Origin USA

Other Details

Cables and transceivers Contact your Account/Sales representative for more information on cables and transceivers that are compatible with each adapter.
Warranty and add-on support Three years for hardware defects and 90 days for software defects. 90 days of “getting started” telephone and email support as well as any software upgrades shipped within that window. Refer to the support page for options extending the 90-day window.

Configuration Options with Sniffer10G

Product Number Model Number Product Description
18-00210 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2S+SNF3 Dual SFP+ Ports, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and Sniffer10G V3 Software
18-00211 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S+SNF3 Dual SFP+ Ports, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and Sniffer10G V3 Software
18-00212 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S-SYNC+SNF3 Dual SFP+ Ports, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, timing kit and Sniffer10G V3 Software
18-00209 10G-PCIE2-8B-S+SNF3 Single SFP+ Port, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and Sniffer10G V3 Software

Configuration Options with DBL

Product Number Model Number Product Description
18-00206 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2S+DBL3 Dual SFP+ Ports, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and DBL V3 Software
18-00207 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S+DBL3 Dual SFP+ Ports, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and DBL V3 Software
18-00208 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S-SYNC+DBL3 Dual SPF+ Ports, 10Gb/s Ethernet, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, timing kit and DBL V3 software
18-00205 10G-PCIE-8B-S+DBL3 Single SFP+ Port, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter, and DBL V3 Software

Other Configuration Options

Product Number Model Number Product Description
18-04635 10G-PCIE-8B-S Single Port, PCIe Gen1 x8 adapter and Myricom Content Creation software
18-00204 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2T Single or Two Port, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter
18-00203 10G-PCIE2-8C-T Single or Two Port, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter
18-04636 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S Single or Two Port, PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter

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