Installation Requirements

NT200A01-SCC Installation

Napatech SmartNIC
Hardware Installation Guide

Power considerations

The NT200A01-SCC SmartNIC operates at a maximum of 75 W. Accordingly, the SmartNIC must either be installed in a PCIe generation 3 slot that supports this, or the auxiliary power connector must be used for additional power supply (see Optional Auxiliary Power Connector Specifications).

See Electrical rating for details on power consumption.

PCI considerations

The PCI Express slot in which the SmartNIC is inserted must physically be a 16-lane Gen3 type connector, and the slot must support PCIe ×8×8 bifurcation mode to enable 16-lane and full bandwidth. The SmartNIC can be configured to work as one ×8 endpoint; see DN-0487.


The SmartNIC must be installed only in a server having adequate cooling air flow to maintain the air temperature around the SmartNIC at or below 45 °C during operation. Avoid installation in a slot adjacent to other high-temperature components. The front plate must not be blocked to prevent the fan from sucking air to the cooling system.

Operating temperature

The power consumption and thereby the heat dissipation depend on the SmartNIC activity. After a first installation in a new server, the ambient temperature should be verified by measurement while processing at full rate on all channels.
Note: Failure to observe these requirements might cause intermittent operation.

Transport considerations

When installing the SmartNIC in the server, you must ensure that the SmartNIC is firmly secured in the PCI slot using the retention mechanism, for instance screw or clamp, provided in the server. In addition, you must ensure that the retention mechanism provides sufficient protection of the SmartNIC against excessive vibration stress during transport. If the retention mechanism is not sufficient, you must consider adding extra retention or other means of preventing vibration stress.
If these precautions are not respected, there is a risk of the SmartNIC being damaged due to vibration stress during transport of the server.