AQtion AQN-107

The Aquantia AQtion AQN-107 Network Interface Card (NIC) is based on the company’s award-winning 1 AQtion Ethernet controller. It is designed to deliver Multi-Gig connectivity to individual users that was previously only available for high-end servers. The AQtion AQN-107 is game changer, enabling the evolution of Enterprise, gaming, and home networking beyond 1 Gbps up to 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps rates. It is ideally suited for client PCs and workstations.

This groundbreaking Aquantia NIC supports 10GBASE-T Ethernet in compliance with the IEEE 802.3an standard, as well as 5 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet speeds over standard Cat 5e and Cat 6 copper cables. Compliant to the IEEE 802.3bz standard ratified in September 2016, the AQtion AQN-107 NIC is also backwards-compatible with legacy 1000BASE-T Ethernet.

The AQtion AQN-107 is a single-chip, single-port, high-performance PCIe 3.0 Multi-Gig 10GBASE-T/5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/ 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet adapter. It incorporates Aquantia’s AQrate PHY technology to deliver 10 GbE, 5 GbE and 2.5 GbE network connectivity speeds over 100 m with zero change required for legacy cabling. Speeds ranging from 5 GbE to 100 M are supported by Cat 5e cabling while 10GbE requires a minimum of Cat6 with Cat 6a running up to 100 m.

AQtion’s integrated AQrate PHY is compatible with both the IEEE 802.3an/bz standard and with the NBASE-T TM Alliance PHY specification. It performs all the physical layer functions required to implement 10GBASE-T/5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX transmission over 100 meters of twisted pair cabling. The AQtion AQN-107 NIC also features Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP)/1588v2.


Aquantia’s AQtion AQN-107 is ideally suited for client PCs and workstations used for data intensive computing in numerous verticals including multimedia, education, medical, financial, industrial design and gaming applications.

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 Benefits
Single chip solution Integrated PCIe, MAC, and PHY minimizes board space & power utilization
PCI Express Gen3 or Gen2 Supports line rates of 8.0 GT/s and 5.0 GT/s per lane
Bus width Supports Gen3 x4
MSI, MSI-X, and legacy INTx PCIe interrupts Improved CPU utilization and network performance
Two SMBus (Master/Slave + Slave) Communication and management function
PHY Specific Features Benefits
Integrated Aquantia AQrate PHY featuring NBASE-T technology 100 meters over Cat 6a at 10 G / 5 G / 2.5 G / 1 G / 100 M or 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 PHY power savings mode
MAC Specific Features Benefits
Large Send Offload (LSO), Receive-Side Scaling (RSS), Direct Cache Access (DCA) header checksum 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) 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 x4 10 GbE/5 GbE/2.5 GbE NIC 1GbE and 100M
Ethernet Controller AQC107
External Connector Type RJ45
Cable Type 100 meters with Cat 5e for 5 GbE to 100 M and 100 m Cat 6a cabling for 10 GbE
Supported Data Rates 1 0G/5 G/2.5 G/1G/100 Mbps
Bus Width PCIe Gen3 x4
Typical Power Consumption 6 W at 10 Gbps, 4W at 5 Gbps full length 100 m Cat6a
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C with no air flow
Standard compliance IEEE 802.3bz – NBASE-T, IEEE 802.3x – flow control, IEEE 802.1P – quality of service, IEEE 802.1QAV – AVB
Safety standards UL, VDE, CB
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-107-104-SFA (Full-height bracket), AQN-107-104-SHA (Half-height bracket)
Board Dimensions 2.68 in. x 3.25 in. (without bracket)

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