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sk (4)
  • >> sk (4) ( FreeBSD man: Специальные файлы /dev/* )

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     - SysKonnect SK-984x and SK-982x PCI Gigabit Ethernet adapter driver


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

    Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf5:



    The driver provides support for the SysKonnect SK-984x and SK-982x series PCI Gigabit Ethernet adapters.

    The SysKonnect adapters consist of two main components: the XaQti Corp. XMAC II gigabit MAC and the SysKonnect GEnesis controller ASIC. The XMAC provides the gigabit MAC and PHY support while the GEnesis provides an interface to the PCI bus, DMA support, packet buffering and arbitration. The GEnesis can control up to two XMACs simultaneously, allowing dual-port NIC configurations.

    The SK-982x 1000baseT adapters also include a Broadcom BCM5400 1000baseTX PHY which is used in place of the XMAC's internal PHY. The Broadcom PHY is connected to the XMAC via its GMII port.

    The driver configures dual port SysKonnect adapters such that each XMAC is treated as a separate logical network interface. Both ports can operate independently of each other and can be connected to separate networks. The SysKonnect driver software currently only uses the second port on dual port adapters for failover purposes: if the link on the primary port fails, the SysKonnect driver will automatically switch traffic onto the second port.

    Also supported is the Marvell Semiconductor 88E1000* gigabit PHY.

    The XaQti XMAC II supports full and half duplex operation with autonegotiation. The XMAC also supports unlimited frame sizes. 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. Using jumbo frames can greatly improve performance for certain tasks, such as file transfers and data streaming.

    The driver supports the following media types:

    Enable autoselection of the media type and options. The user can manually override the autoselected mode by adding media options to the /etc/rc.conf file.
    Set 1000baseTX operation over twisted pair. This is only available for SK-982x series adapters with 1000baseT ports. Both full-duplex and half-duplex modes are supported.
    Set 1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) operation. Both full-duplex and half-duplex modes are supported.

    The driver supports the following media options:

    Force full duplex operation
    Force half duplex operation.

    The driver also supports one special link option for 1000baseTX cards:

    With 1000baseTX cards, establishing a link between two ports requires that one port is configured as master and the other one as slave. With autonegotiation, the master/slave settings will be chosen automatically. However when manually selecting the link state, it is necessary to force one side of the link to be a master and the other a slave. The driver configures the ports as slaves by default. Setting the link0 flag with ifconfig(8) will set a port as a master instead.

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


    Adapters supported by the driver include:



    The following variable is available as both sysctl(8) variable and loader(8) tunable:


    This variable controls interrupt moderation. The accepted range is 10 to 10000, default value is 100 microseconds. The interface has to be brought down and up again before a change takes effect.



    "sk%d: couldn't map memory"
    A fatal initialization error has occurred.
    "sk%d: couldn't map ports"
    A fatal initialization error has occurred.
    "sk%d: couldn't map interrupt"
    A fatal initialization error has occurred.
    "sk%d: no memory for softc struct!"
    The driver failed to allocate memory for per-device instance information during initialization.
    "sk%d: failed to enable memory mapping!"
    The driver failed to initialize PCI shared memory mapping. This might happen if the card is not in a bus-master slot.
    "sk%d: no memory for jumbo buffers!"
    The driver failed to allocate memory for jumbo frames during initialization.
    "sk%d: watchdog timeout"
    The device has stopped responding to the network, or there is a problem with the network connection (cable).



    altq(4), arp(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether4, vlan(4), ifconfig(8)
    XaQti XMAC II datasheet
    SysKonnect GEnesis programming manual


    The device driver first appeared in Fx 3.0 .  


    The driver was written by An Bill Paul Aq .




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