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InfiniBand Interface

The network ports of the ConnectX®-5 adapter cards are compliant with the InfiniBand Architecture Specification, Release 1.3. InfiniBand traffic is transmitted through the cards' QSFP28 connectors.

Ethernet QSFP28 Interfaces

The network ports of the ConnectX®-5 adapter card are compliant with the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards listed in Features and Benefits. Ethernet traffic is transmitted through the QSFP28 connectors on the adapter card.

The adapter card includes special circuits to protect from ESD shocks to the card/server when plugging copper cables.

PCI Express Interface

The table below describes the supported PCIe interface in ConnectX-5 adapter cards.

ConnectX-5 ICSupported PCIe InterfaceFeatures
ConnectX-5 ExPCIe Gen 3.0/4.0 (1.1 and 2.0 compatible) through x16 edge connectorsLink Rates: 2.5. 5.0, 8.0GT/s or 16GT/s.
Auto Negotiation to: x16, x8, x4, x2 or x1.
Support for MSI/MSI-X mechanisms.
ConnectX-5PCIe Gen 3.0 (1.1 and 2.0 compatible) through x16 edge connectors

Link Rates: 2.5. 5.0 or 8.0GT/s.
Auto Negotiation to: x16, x8, x4, x2 or x1.
Support for MSI/MSI-X mechanisms.

LED Interface

There is one bi-color (yellow/green) I/O LED per port to indicate link status located on the adapter card.


LED Behavior

Beacon command for locating the cardBlinks yellow at 1Hz


Blinks yellow at 4Hz until error is resolved. The reason for the error may be:

  • Failure of I2C access to the port
  • • Over-current conditions of the port

Link Activity

Blinks green reflecting the link speed

Link Up

Constant green light

FRU EEPROM allows the baseboard to identify different types of Mezzanine cards. MEZZ FRU EEPROM is accessible through MEZZ_SMCLK and MEZZ_SMDATA (Connector A18 and A19). MEZZ FRU EEPROM address is 0xA2 and its capacity is 2Kb.

Heat Sink Interface

A heatsink is attached to the ConnectX-5 IC in order to dissipate the heat from the ConnectX- 5 IC. It is attached either by using four spring-loaded push pins that insert into four mounting holes or by screws.

ConnectX-5 IC has a thermal shutdown safety mechanism which automatically shuts down the ConnectX-5 card in case of a high-temperature event, improper thermal coupling or heatsink removal.

SMBus Interface

ConnectX-5 technology maintains support for manageability through a BMC. ConnectX-5 PCIe stand-up adapter can be connected to a BMC using MCTP over SMBus or MCTP over PCIe protocols as if it is a standard NVIDIA PCIe stand-up adapter. For configuring the adapter for the specific manageability solution in use by the server, please contact NVIDIA Support.

Voltage Regulators

The voltage regulator power is derived from the PCI Express edge connector 12V supply pins. These voltage supply pins feed onboard regulators that provide the necessary power to the various components on the card.