NFE(4) MidnightBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual NFE(4)

NAME

nfe — NVIDIA nForce MCP Ethernet driver

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file:

device miibus
device nfe

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

if_nfe_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The nfe driver supports PCI Ethernet adapters based on the NVIDIA nForce Media and Communications Processors (MCP), such as the nForce, nForce 2, nForce 3, CK804, MCP04, MCP51, MCP55, MCP61, MCP65 and MCP67 Ethernet controller chips.

Supported features include (hardware support provided):

Receive/Transmit IP/TCP/UDP checksum offload

Hardware VLAN tag insertion/stripping

TCP segmentation offload (TSO)

MSI/MSI-X

Jumbo Frames

Support for Jumbo Frames is provided via the interface MTU setting. Selecting an MTU larger than 1500 bytes with the ifconfig(8) utility configures the adapter to receive and transmit Jumbo Frames.

The nfe driver supports the following media types:

autoselect

Enable autoselection of the media type and options.

10baseT/UTP

Set 10Mbps operation.

100baseTX

Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation.

1000baseT

Set 1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) operation (recent models only).

The nfe driver supports the following media options:

half-duplex

Force half duplex operation.

full-duplex

Force full duplex operation.

For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

The nfe driver supports the following NVIDIA MCP onboard adapters:

NVIDIA nForce MCP Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP04 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP12 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP13 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP51 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP55 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP61 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP65 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce MCP67 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce2 MCP2 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce2 400 MCP4 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce2 400 MCP5 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce3 MCP3 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce3 250 MCP6 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce3 MCP7 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce4 CK804 MCP8 Networking Adapter

NVIDIA nForce4 CK804 MCP9 Networking Adapter

LOADER TUNABLES

Tunables can be set at the loader(8) prompt before booting the kernel or stored in loader.conf(5).

hw.nfe.msi_disable

Whether or not MSI support is enabled in the driver. The default value is 0.

hw.nfe.msix_disable

Whether or not MSI-X support is enabled in the driver. The default value is 0.

SYSCTL VARIABLES

The following sysctl(8) variables can be used to modify or monitor nfe behavior.

dev.nfe.%d.process_limit

Maximum number of Rx events to be processed in the event loop before rescheduling a taskqueue. The accepted range is 50 to 255, the default value is 192. The interface does not need to be brought down and up again before a change takes effect.

SEE ALSO

altq(4), arp(4), intro(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), pci(4), polling(4), sysctl(8), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

The nfe device driver first appeared in OpenBSD 3.9, and then in FreeBSD 7.0.

AUTHORS

The nfe driver was written by Jonathan Gray 〈jsg@openbsd.org〉 and Damien Bergamini 〈damien@openbsd.org〉. The nfe driver was ported to FreeBSD by Shigeaki Tagashira 〈shigeaki@se.hiroshima-u.ac.jp〉.

MidnightBSD 0.3 Nov 27, 2007 MidnightBSD 0.3