The Aquantia AQC107 10GbE controller

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I was reading the latest Mac Mini teardown on iFixit, and saw how it was handling 10GbE:

Aquantia AQC107, same as Apple used for the iMac Pro

I read that as Aquitania, the longest serving of the four stackers. It’s rare that computing overlaps with my fascination with early twentieth-century ocean liners. The photo description for this image on Wikimedia Commons claimed this was 1914, but I didn’t think she had her higher bridge at that point:

RMS Aquitania in 194

From the product page:

RMS Aquitania was a British ocean liner of Cunard Line in service from 1914 to 1950. She was designed by Leonard Peskett and built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched on 21 April 1913 and sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 30 May 1914.

Diddly, did it again. From the product page:

AQTION AQC107 The Aquantia AQtion AQC107 is a high-performance, 5-speed, 10 G PCI Express (PCIe)-to-Multi-Gig Ethernet controller that integrates PCIe, MAC, and PHY to provide power and space-efficient connectivity for client systems.

I want 10GbE everywhere, but how is it still so expensive? I feel we went from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit much quicker and prices came down faster.

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