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Smart NIC Will Propel Market to 19 Percent Growth in 2022

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –March 8, 2022 – In a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for information about the telecommunications and networking industries, the Ethernet controller and adapter market reached an all-time high of $935 million in 4Q 2021. We anticipate Smart NICs will help propel the market to 19 percent revenue growth in 2022.

“The Ethernet controller and adapter market maintained strong momentum for the third consecutive quarter of record revenue,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Revenue growth was attributed to the increased adoption of higher-speed and Smart NIC ports, as server vendors and cloud service providers gear up to transition to next-generation networks and server platforms. Despite the market reaching new heights, vendors continue to be challenged by on-going supply constraints which limited shipments,” added Fung.

Additional highlights from the 4Q 2021 Ethernet Adapter and Smart NIC report include:

  • Total Ethernet controller and adapter revenue grew 16 percent in 2021.
  • Major cloud service providers are upgrading server connectivity to 100 and 200 Gbps port speeds in conjunction with network upgrades.
  • Smart NICs open vendors such as Marvell, Napatech, and Nvidia accounted for 23 percent of the revenue in 2021 and gained share over internally developed solutions by the major cloud service providers such as Amazon and Microsoft.

About the Report

The Dell’Oro Group Ethernet Adapter and Smart NIC Quarterly Report provide complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue; average selling prices; and unit and port shipments by speed (1/10/25/40/50/100/200 Gbps) for Ethernet controllers and adapters. The report also covers Smart NIC controllers and adapters. To purchase this report, please contact us at

About Dell’Oro Group

Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications and enterprise networks infrastructure, network security, and data center IT markets. Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions. For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit

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