If you are having difficulties finding certain Broadcom drivers or firmware on the Dell Support site, the article below provides more details on the changes that occured with Broadcom NetXtreme II(NX2)® controllers.
Table of Content:
- What happened in the news.
- What has changed with the Broadcom NX2 drivers and firmware downloads.
- What this means on the Drivers and Downloads available on the Dell Support site.
- Where is the Migration Guide that provides an overview of the changes and describes necessary migration steps.
1. What happened in the news:
On February 18, 2014, Broadcom and QLogic announced the sale and purchase of certain Ethernet Controller-related assets and entered into an ASIC partnership.
As part of the sale, the following Broadcom *NetXtreme II(NX2)® controllers, related adapters and software were sold to QLogic:
: Broadcom controller and adapter models which were sold to QLogic.
Note: Broadcom retains all other controller products (ie NetExtreme).
2. What has changed with the Broadcom NX2 drivers and firmware downloads.
As of April 7, 2015, Dell implemented the change to the Broadcom NX2 adapters formally named Broadcom and will now be branded as QLogic. The QLogic products are identical to the Broadcom adapters. Only labeling will be different. We will use the same Dell part numbers, SKUs, and PCI Device IDs as when they were branded Broadcom.
A high level summary of changes:
- Source files will have licenses/copyright messages updated to reflect QLogic ownership
- References to ‘Broadcom’ in customer facing messages will be replaced with ‘QLogic’
- Driver description will be updated (Broadcom -> QLogic)
- Readme files, Release Notes, ‘man pages’ and applicable documentation formats will be updated where appropriate
- Management Software & Tools Rebranding: Existing Broadcom management applications and tools will be rebranded by QLogic. Besides re-branding, management software offered by QLogic, the new QLogic tools will only manage the adapters purchased by QLogic (see above list).
Note: Broadcom management tools will only manage Broadcom branded products. However, both the QLogic and Broadcom tools will/can co-exist on the same server.
3. What this means on the Drivers and Downloads available on the Dell Support site.
On the dell.com/support
download pages, the new Qlogic download files are labelled:
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx Linux driver source code, family version 19.0.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx Linux drivers, family version 19.0.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx Linux applications, family version 19.0.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx Users Guide, family version 19.0.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx 32bit Windows drivers, family version 19.0.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx Network Device Firmware 7.12.
QLogic BCM57xx and BCM57xxx 64bit Windows drivers, family version 19.0.
4. Where is the Migration Guide that provides an overview of the changes and describes necessary migration steps.
The Migration Guide
provides an overview of QLogic’s® acquisition of certain Broadcom® Ethernet assets and its end user impact, and was written in cooperation between Broadcom and QLogic. This document is intended for customers. However, some sections are for information purpose only and may not apply to all customers.