Solaris 10 What's New

Driver Enhancements

The following driver features and enhancements have been added to the Solaris 10 5/08 release.

x86: Support Sun Fire X4540 Disk Status Indicators

Starting with this release, the Sun Fire X4540 disk status indicators are supported. The amber Fault status LED and blue Ready to Remove status LEDs are enabled by this feature.

For more information, see the Sun Fire X4540 Server Diagnostics Guide.

MPxIO Extension for Serial Attached SCSI Devices on mpt(7D)

The mpt driver has been enhanced to support MPxIO with supported storage devices. When MPxIO is enabled for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and SATA devices, they are enumerated under scsi_vhci(7D) just like fibre channel devices under fp(7D).

Starting with this release, stmsboot(1M) has also been enhanced to support multipathed SAS devices. stmsboot(1D) operates on all attached and multipath-capable controllers by default.

If you wish to only enable multipathing on fp or mpt controllers then you can use the new flag which has been added to restrict operations. The command, /usr/sbin/stmsboot -D mpt -e, will enable MPxIO only on attached mpt controllers. Replacing mpt with fp in this command will make stmsboot enable MPxIO only on attached fp controllers.

x86: SATA ATAPI Support in AHCI Driver

The AHCI driver supports SATA ATAPI CD or DVD devices. Users can use the SATA CD or DVD in AHCI mode instead of the compatible mode. The AHCI mode has better error handling and hot-pluggable capabilities.

For more information, see the ahci(7D) man page.

x86: AMD–8111

The AMD-8111 HyperTransport I/O hub includes a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN controller. The driver is used by the Andretti platform.

SATA NCQ Support in AHCI Driver

The AHCI driver supports the SATA NCQ feature. NCQ support improves performance of the driver.

For more information, see the ahci(7D) man page.

x86: bnx II Ethernet Driver

Starting with this release, support is provided for the Broadcom NetXtreme (bnx) II Ethernet chipset, which includes BRCM5706C, BRCM5706S, BRCM5708C, and BRCM5708S.

For more information, see the bnx(7D) man page.

USB-to-Serial Driver for Keyspan Adapters

Starting with this release, a new driver is provided for Keyspan USB-to-serial adapters. This driver supports the USA-19HS model. This feature enables you to choose between Edgeport adapters and Keyspan adapters.

For further information, see the usbsksp(7D) man page.