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Growth Attributed to Adoption of Smart NICs and High-Speed Ports

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –June 8, 2022 – According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, the Ethernet controller and adapter market surpassed $1 billion for the first time in 1Q 2022. Growth was attributed to the adoption of Smart NICs and high-speed ports.

“The Ethernet controller and adapter market was driven by strong Smart NIC and 100 Gbps port shipments,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Furthermore, port average selling prices escalated during the quarter as vendors passed higher supply chain costs on to end-users, adding to topline growth. However, vendors continue to contend with supply chain challenges to meet strong end demand. We anticipate the upcoming server platform refresh and cloud expansion cycle to drive the strong demand for Ethernet adapters,” added Fung.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2022 Ethernet Adapter and Smart NIC report include:

  • Total Ethernet controller and adapter port shipments grew 2 percent in 1Q 2022.
  • 100 and 200 Gbps ports accounted for 38 percent of the revenue in 1Q 2022 from high-end workloads such as accelerated computing.
  • Smart NICs open vendors such as Marvell, Napatech, and Nvidia accounted for 30 percent of the revenue in 1Q 2022 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 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 25 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 50 Gbps, 100 Gbps, and 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, networks, data center infrastructure, and network security 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