FreeBSD/sparc64 6.3-RELEASE Hardware Notes

The FreeBSD Documentation Project

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Supported Systems
2.1 Fully Supported Systems
2.2 Partially Supported Systems
2.3 Unsupported Systems
3 Supported Devices
3.1 Disk Controllers
3.2 Ethernet Interfaces
3.3 Token Ring Interfaces
3.4 FDDI Interfaces
3.5 ATM Interfaces
3.6 Wireless Network Interfaces
3.7 Miscellaneous Networks
3.8 ISDN Interfaces
3.9 Serial Interfaces
3.10 Sound Devices
3.11 Camera and Video Capture Devices
3.12 USB Devices
3.13 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices
3.14 Bluetooth Devices
3.15 Cryptographic Accelerators
3.16 Miscellaneous

1 Introduction

This document contains the hardware compatibility notes for FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE on the UltraSPARC hardware platform (also referred to as FreeBSD/sparc64 6.3-RELEASE). It lists devices known to work on this platform, as well as some notes on boot-time kernel customization that may be useful when attempting to configure support for new devices.

Note: This document includes information specific to the UltraSPARC hardware platform. Versions of the hardware compatibility notes for other architectures will differ in some details.

2 Supported Systems

This section describes the systems currently known to be supported by FreeBSD on the UltraSPARC platform. For background information on the various hardware designs see the Sun System Handbook.

SMP is supported on all systems with more than 1 processor.

If you have a system that is not listed here, it may not have been tested with FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE. We encourage you to try it and send a note to the FreeBSD SPARC porting mailing list with your results, including which devices work and which do not.

2.1 Fully Supported Systems

The following systems are fully supported by FreeBSD.

  • Blade 100

  • Blade 150

  • Enterprise 220R

  • Enterprise 250

  • Enterprise 420R

  • Enterprise 450

  • Fire V100

  • Fire V120

  • Netra t1 105

  • Netra T1 AC200/DC200

  • Netra t 1100

  • Netra t 1120

  • Netra t 1125

  • Netra t 1400/1405

  • Netra 120

  • Netra X1

  • SPARCEngine Ultra AXi

  • SPARCEngine Ultra AXmp

  • Ultra 1

  • Ultra 1E

  • Ultra 2

  • Ultra 5

  • Ultra 10

  • Ultra 30

  • Ultra 60

  • Ultra 80

2.2 Partially Supported Systems

The following systems are partially supported by FreeBSD. In particular the onboard scsi controller in sbus systems is not supported.

  • Enterprise 3500

  • Enterprise 4500

2.3 Unsupported Systems

The following systems are not supported by FreeBSD. This may be due to lack of processor support (UltraSPARC III), due to a quirk in the system design that makes FreeBSD unstable, or due to lack of support for sufficient onboard devices to make FreeBSD generally useful.

  • All systems containing UltraSPARC III processor(s).

3 Supported Devices

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This section describes the devices currently known to be supported by with FreeBSD on the UltraSPARC platform. Other configurations may also work, but simply have not been tested yet. Feedback, updates, and corrections to this list are encouraged.

Where possible, the drivers applicable to each device or class of devices is listed. If the driver in question has a manual page in the FreeBSD base distribution (most should), it is referenced here. Information on specific models of supported devices, controllers, etc. can be found in the manual pages.

Note: The device lists in this document are being generated automatically from FreeBSD manual pages. This means that some devices, which are supported by multiple drivers, may appear multiple times.

3.1 Disk Controllers

IDE/ATA controllers ( ata(4) driver)

The ahc(4) driver supports the following SCSI host adapter chips and SCSI controller cards:

  • Adaptec AIC7770 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7850 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7860 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7870 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7880 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7890 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7891 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7892 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7895 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7896 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7897 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7899 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec 274X(W)

  • Adaptec 274X(T)

  • Adaptec 284X

  • Adaptec 2910

  • Adaptec 2915

  • Adaptec 2920

  • Adaptec 2930C

  • Adaptec 2930U2

  • Adaptec 2940

  • Adaptec 2940J

  • Adaptec 2940N

  • Adaptec 2940U

  • Adaptec 2940AU

  • Adaptec 2940UW

  • Adaptec 2940UW Dual

  • Adaptec 2940UW Pro

  • Adaptec 2940U2W

  • Adaptec 2940U2B

  • Adaptec 2950U2W

  • Adaptec 2950U2B

  • Adaptec 19160B

  • Adaptec 29160B

  • Adaptec 29160N

  • Adaptec 3940

  • Adaptec 3940U

  • Adaptec 3940AU

  • Adaptec 3940UW

  • Adaptec 3940AUW

  • Adaptec 3940U2W

  • Adaptec 3950U2

  • Adaptec 3960

  • Adaptec 39160

  • Adaptec 3985

  • Adaptec 4944UW

  • NEC PC-9821Xt13 (PC-98)

  • NEC RvII26 (PC-98)

  • NEC PC-9821X-B02L/B09 (PC-98)

  • NEC SV-98/2-B03 (PC-98)

  • Many motherboards with on-board SCSI support

The ahd(4) driver supports the following:

  • Adaptec AIC7901 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7901A host adapter chip

  • Adaptec AIC7902 host adapter chip

  • Adaptec 29320 host adapter

  • Adaptec 39320 host adapter

  • Many motherboards with on-board SCSI support

Controllers supported by the amr(4) driver include:

  • MegaRAID SATA 150-4

  • MegaRAID SATA 150-6

  • MegaRAID SATA 300-4X

  • MegaRAID SATA 300-8X

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-1E

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-2E

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-4E

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-0X

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-4X

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-0

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-1

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-2

  • MegaRAID SCSI 320-4

  • MegaRAID Series 418

  • MegaRAID i4 133 RAID

  • MegaRAID Elite 1500 (Series 467)

  • MegaRAID Elite 1600 (Series 493)

  • MegaRAID Elite 1650 (Series 4xx)

  • MegaRAID Enterprise 1200 (Series 428)

  • MegaRAID Enterprise 1300 (Series 434)

  • MegaRAID Enterprise 1400 (Series 438)

  • MegaRAID Enterprise 1500 (Series 467)

  • MegaRAID Enterprise 1600 (Series 471)

  • MegaRAID Express 100 (Series 466WS)

  • MegaRAID Express 200 (Series 466)

  • MegaRAID Express 300 (Series 490)

  • MegaRAID Express 500 (Series 475)

  • Dell PERC

  • Dell PERC 2/SC

  • Dell PERC 2/DC

  • Dell PERC 3/DCL

  • Dell PERC 3/QC

  • Dell PERC 4/DC

  • Dell PERC 4/IM

  • Dell PERC 4/SC

  • Dell PERC 4/Di

  • Dell PERC 4e/DC

  • Dell PERC 4e/Di

  • Dell PERC 4e/Si

  • Dell PERC 4ei

  • HP NetRAID-1/Si

  • HP NetRAID-3/Si (D4943A)

  • HP Embedded NetRAID

  • Intel RAID Controller SRCS16

  • Intel RAID Controller SRCU42X

The esp(4) driver provides support for the Qlogic FAS216 and FAS408 SCSI controller chips found in a wide variety of systems and peripheral boards. This includes the Qlogic SCSI cards found in most Sun Ultra 1e and Ultra 2 machines. For Qlogic PCI SCSI host adapters, the isp(4) driver should be used in place of the esp(4) driver.

Cards supported by the isp(4) driver include:

  • ISP1000

  • ISP1020

  • ISP1040

  • Qlogic 1240

  • Qlogic 1020

  • Qlogic 1040

  • Qlogic 1080

  • Qlogic 1280

  • Qlogic 12160

  • Qlogic 210X

  • Qlogic 220X

  • Qlogic 2300

  • Qlogic 2312

  • Qlogic 234X

  • Qlogic 2322

  • Qlogic 200

  • Qlogic 2422

  • Qlogic 2432

The following controllers are supported by the mpt(4) driver:

  • LSI Logic 53c1030, LSI Logic LSI2x320-X (Single and Dual Ultra320 SCSI)

  • LSI Logic AS1064, LSI Logic AS1068

  • LSI Logic FC909 (1Gb/s Fibre Channel)

  • LSI Logic FC909A (Dual 1Gb/s Fibre Channel)

  • LSI Logic FC919, LSI Logic 7102XP-LC (Single 2Gb/s Fibre Channel)

  • LSI Logic FC929, LSI Logic FC929X, LSI Logic 7202XP-LC (Dual 2Gb/s Fibre Channel)

  • LSI Logic FC949X (Dual 4Gb/s Fibre Channel)

  • LSI Logic FC949ES (Dual 4Gb/s Fibre Channel PCI-Express)

The Ultra 320 SCSI controller chips supported by the mpt(4) driver can be found onboard on many systems including:

  • Dell PowerEdge 1750 thru 2850

  • IBM eServer xSeries 335

These systems also contain Integrated Raid Mirroring and Integrated Raid Mirroring Enhanced which this driver also supports. The SAS controller chips are also present on many new AMD/Opteron based systems, like the Sun 4100. Note that this controller can drive both SAS and SATA drives or a mix of them at the same time. The Integrated Raid Mirroring available for these controllers is poorly supported at best. The Fibre Channel controller chipset are supported by a broad variety of speeds and systems. The Apple Fibre Channel HBA is in fact the FC949ES card. This driver also supports target mode for Fibre Channel cards. This support may be enabled by setting the desired role of the core via the LSI Logic firmware utility that establishes what roles the card can take on - no separate compilation is required.

The ncr(4) driver provides support for the following NCR/Symbios SCSI controller chips:

  • 53C810

  • 53C810A

  • 53C815

  • 53C820

  • 53C825A

  • 53C860

  • 53C875

  • 53C875J

  • 53C885

  • 53C895

  • 53C895A

  • 53C896

  • 53C1510D

The following add-on boards are known to be supported:

  • I-O DATA SC-98/PCI (PC-98)

  • I-O DATA SC-PCI (PC-98)

The sym(4) driver provides support for the following Symbios/LSI Logic PCI SCSI controllers:

  • 53C810

  • 53C810A

  • 53C815

  • 53C825

  • 53C825A

  • 53C860

  • 53C875

  • 53C876

  • 53C895

  • 53C895A

  • 53C896

  • 53C897

  • 53C1000

  • 53C1000R

  • 53C1010-33

  • 53C1010-66

  • 53C1510D

The SCSI controllers supported by sym(4) can be either embedded on a motherboard, or on one of the following add-on boards:

  • ASUS SC-200, SC-896

  • Data Technology DTC3130 (all variants)

  • DawiControl DC2976UW

  • Diamond FirePort (all)

  • I-O DATA SC-UPCI (PC-98)

  • Logitec LHA-521UA (PC-98)

  • NCR cards (all)

  • Symbios cards (all)

  • Tekram DC390W, 390U, 390F, 390U2B, 390U2W, 390U3D, and 390U3W

  • Tyan S1365

With all supported SCSI controllers, full support is provided for SCSI-I, SCSI-II, and SCSI-III peripherals, including hard disks, optical disks, tape drives (including DAT, 8mm Exabyte, Mammoth, and DLT), medium changers, processor target devices and CD-ROM drives. WORM devices that support CD-ROM commands are supported for read-only access by the CD-ROM drivers (such as cd(4)). WORM/CD-R/CD-RW writing support is provided by cdrecord(1), which is a part of the sysutils/cdrtools port in the Ports Collection.

The following CD-ROM type systems are supported at this time:

  • SCSI interface (also includes ProAudio Spectrum and SoundBlaster SCSI) (cd(4))

  • ATAPI IDE interface ( acd(4))

3.2 Ethernet Interfaces

The dc(4) driver provides support for the following chipsets:

  • DEC/Intel 21143

  • ADMtek AL981 Comet, AN985 Centaur, ADM9511 Centaur II and ADM9513 Centaur II

  • ASIX Electronics AX88140A and AX88141

  • Conexant LANfinity RS7112 (miniPCI)

  • Davicom DM9009, DM9100, DM9102 and DM9102A

  • Lite-On 82c168 and 82c169 PNIC

  • Lite-On/Macronix 82c115 PNIC II

  • Macronix 98713, 98713A, 98715, 98715A, 98715AEC-C, 98725, 98727 and 98732

  • Xircom X3201 (cardbus only)

The following NICs are known to work with the dc(4) driver at this time:

  • 3Com OfficeConnect 10/100B (ADMtek AN985 Centaur-P)

  • Abocom FE2500

  • Accton EN1217 (98715A)

  • Accton EN2242 MiniPCI

  • Adico AE310TX (98715A)

  • Alfa Inc GFC2204 (ASIX AX88140A)

  • Built in 10Mbps only Ethernet on Compaq Presario 7900 series desktops (21143, non-MII)

  • Built in DE500-BA on DEC Alpha workstations (21143, non-MII)

  • Built in Sun DMFE 10/100 Mbps Ethernet on Sun Netra X1 and Sun Fire V100 (DM9102A, MII)

  • Built in Ethernet on LinkSys EtherFast 10/100 Instant GigaDrive (DM9102, MII)

  • CNet Pro110B (ASIX AX88140A)

  • CNet Pro120A (98715A or 98713A) and CNet Pro120B (98715)

  • Compex RL100-TX (98713 or 98713A)

  • D-Link DFE-570TX (21143, MII, quad port)

  • Digital DE500-BA 10/100 (21143, non-MII)

  • ELECOM Laneed LD-CBL/TXA (ADMtek AN985)

  • Hawking CB102 CardBus

  • IBM EtherJet Cardbus Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100 Mobile Cardbus (versions that use the X3201 chipset)

  • Jaton XpressNet (Davicom DM9102)

  • Kingston KNE100TX (21143, MII)

  • Kingston KNE110TX (PNIC 82c169)

  • LinkSys LNE100TX (PNIC 82c168, 82c169)

  • LinkSys LNE100TX v2.0 (PNIC II 82c115)

  • LinkSys LNE100TX v4.0/4.1 (ADMtek AN985 Centaur-P)

  • Matrox FastNIC 10/100 (PNIC 82c168, 82c169)

  • Melco LGY-PCI-TXL

  • Microsoft MN-120 10/100 CardBus (ADMTek Centaur-C)

  • Microsoft MN-130 10/100 PCI (ADMTek Centaur-P)

  • NDC SOHOware SFA110A (98713A)

  • NDC SOHOware SFA110A Rev B4 (98715AEC-C)

  • NetGear FA310-TX Rev. D1, D2 or D3 (PNIC 82c169)

  • Netgear FA511

  • PlaneX FNW-3602-T (ADMtek AN985)

  • SMC EZ Card 10/100 1233A-TX (ADMtek AN985)

  • SVEC PN102-TX (98713)

  • Xircom Cardbus Realport

  • Xircom Cardbus Ethernet 10/100

  • Xircom Cardbus Ethernet II 10/100

Adapters supported by the fxp(4) driver include:

  • Intel EtherExpress PRO/10

  • Intel InBusiness 10/100

  • Intel PRO/100B / EtherExpressPRO/100 B PCI Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100+ Management Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter

  • Intel PRO/100 S Desktop, Server and Dual-Port Server Adapters

  • Contec C-NET(PI)-100TX (PC-98)

  • NEC PC-9821Ra20, Rv20, Xv13, Xv20 internal 100Base-TX (PC-98)

  • NEC PC-9821X-B06 (PC-98)

  • Many on-board network interfaces on Intel motherboards

Chips supported by the gem(4) driver include:

  • Apple GMAC

  • Sun ERI 10/100 Mbps Ethernet

  • Sun GEM Gigabit Ethernet

The hme(4) driver supports the on-board Ethernet interfaces of many Sun UltraSPARC workstation and server models. Cards supported by the hme(4) driver include:

  • Sun PCI SunSwift Adapter

  • Sun SBus SunSwift Adapter “( hme” and “SUNW,hme”)

  • Sun PCI Sun100BaseT Adapter 2.0

  • Sun SBus Sun100BaseT 2.0

  • Sun PCI Quad FastEthernet Controller

  • Sun SBus Quad FastEthernet Controller

The re(4) driver supports RealTek RTL8139C+, RTL8169, RTL816xS, RTL811xS, and RTL8101E based Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet adapters including:

  • Alloy Computer Products EtherGOLD 1439E 10/100 (8139C+)

  • Compaq Evo N1015v Integrated Ethernet (8139C+)

  • Corega CG-LAPCIGT Gigabit Ethernet (8169S)

  • D-Link DGE-528(T) Gigabit Ethernet (8169S)

  • Gigabyte 7N400 Pro2 Integrated Gigabit Ethernet (8110S)

  • LevelOne GNC-0105T (8169S)

  • LinkSys EG1032 (32-bit PCI)


  • Xterasys XN-152 10/100/1000 NIC (8169)

Adapters supported by the rl(4) driver include:

  • Accton “Cheetah” EN1207D (MPX 5030/5038; RealTek 8139 clone)

  • Allied Telesyn AT2550

  • Allied Telesyn AT2500TX

  • Belkin F5D5000

  • BUFFALO (Melco INC.) LPC-CB-CLX (CardBus)

  • Compaq HNE-300

  • CompUSA no-name 10/100 PCI Ethernet NIC

  • Corega FEther CB-TXD

  • Corega FEtherII CB-TXD

  • D-Link DFE-528TX

  • D-Link DFE-530TX+

  • D-Link DFE-538TX

  • D-Link DFE-690TXD

  • Edimax EP-4103DL CardBus

  • Encore ENL832-TX 10/100 M PCI

  • Farallon NetLINE 10/100 PCI

  • Genius GF100TXR

  • GigaFast Ethernet EE100-AXP

  • KTX-9130TX 10/100 Fast Ethernet

  • LevelOne FPC-0106TX

  • Longshine LCS-8038TX-R

  • NDC Communications NE100TX-E

  • Netronix Inc. EA-1210 NetEther 10/100

  • Nortel Networks 10/100BaseTX

  • OvisLink LEF-8129TX

  • OvisLink LEF-8139TX

  • Peppercon AG ROL-F

  • Planex FNW-3603-TX

  • Planex FNW-3800-TX

  • SMC EZ Card 10/100 PCI 1211-TX


The stge(4) driver provides support for various NICs based on the Sundance/Tamarack TC9021 based Gigabit Ethernet controller chips, including:

  • Antares Microsystems Gigabit Ethernet

  • ASUS NX1101 Gigabit Ethernet

  • D-Link DL-4000 Gigabit Ethernet

  • IC Plus IP1000A Gigabit Ethernet

  • Sundance ST-2021 Gigabit Ethernet

  • Sundance ST-2023 Gigabit Ethernet

  • Sundance TC9021 Gigabit Ethernet

  • Tamarack TC9021 Gigabit Ethernet

The xl(4) driver supports the following hardware:

  • 3Com 3c900-TPO

  • 3Com 3c900-COMBO

  • 3Com 3c905-TX

  • 3Com 3c905-T4

  • 3Com 3c900B-TPO

  • 3Com 3c900B-TPC

  • 3Com 3c900B-FL

  • 3Com 3c900B-COMBO

  • 3Com 3c905B-T4

  • 3Com 3c905B-TX

  • 3Com 3c905B-FX

  • 3Com 3c905B-COMBO

  • 3Com 3c905C-TX

  • 3Com 3c980, 3c980B, and 3c980C server adapters

  • 3Com 3cSOHO100-TX OfficeConnect adapters

  • 3Com 3c450 HomeConnect adapters

  • 3Com 3c555, 3c556 and 3c556B mini-PCI adapters

  • 3Com 3C3SH573BT, 3C575TX, 3CCFE575BT, 3CXFE575BT, 3CCFE575CT, 3CXFE575CT, 3CCFEM656, 3CCFEM656B, and 3CCFEM656C, 3CXFEM656, 3CXFEM656B, and 3CXFEM656C CardBus adapters

  • 3Com 3c905-TX, 3c905B-TX 3c905C-TX, 3c920B-EMB, and 3c920B-EMB-WNM embedded adapters

Both the 3C656 family of CardBus cards and the 3C556 family of MiniPCI cards have a built-in proprietary modem. Neither the xl(4) driver nor any other driver supports this modem.

3.5 ATM Interfaces

FORE Systems, Inc. PCA-200E ATM PCI Adapters (hfa and fatm(4) drivers)

FORE Systems, Inc. HE155 and HE622 ATM interfaces ( hatm(4) driver)

3.6 Wireless Network Interfaces

The ath(4) driver supports all Atheros Cardbus or PCI cards, except those that are based on the AR5005VL chipset. A list of cards that are supported can be found at

[i386, amd64] Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 MiniPCI network adapter ( ipw(4) driver)

[i386, amd64] Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG/2915ABG MiniPCI and 2225BG PCI network adapters ( iwi(4) driver)

3.9 Serial Interfaces

The uart(4) driver supports the following classes of UARTs:

  • NS8250: standard hardware based on the 8250, 16450, 16550, 16650, 16750 or the 16950 UARTs

  • SAB82532: Siemens SAB 82532 based serial communications controllers in asynchronuous mode.

  • Z8530: Zilog 8530 based serial communications controllers in asynchronuous mode.

3.10 Sound Devices

The snd_audiocs(4) driver supports the following audio devices:

  • CS4231 on SBus based UltraSPARC

  • CS4231 on PCI/EBus based UltraSPARC

The snd_es137x(4) driver supports the following sound cards:

  • Creative CT5880-A

  • Creative CT5880-C

  • Creative CT5880-D

  • Creative CT5880-E

  • Creative SB AudioPCI CT4730

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1370

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1371-A

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1371-B

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1373-A

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1373-B

  • Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1373-8

3.12 USB Devices

The umct(4) driver supports the following adapters:

  • Belkin F5U109

  • Belkin F5U409

  • D-Link DU-H3SP USB BAY Hub

  • Magic Control Technology USB-232

  • Sitecom USB-232

3.13 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices

The fwohci(4) driver provides support for PCI/CardBus FireWire interface cards. The driver supports the following IEEE 1394 OHCI chipsets:

  • Adaptec AHA-894x/AIC-5800

  • Apple Pangea

  • Apple UniNorth

  • Intel 82372FB


  • Lucent / Agere FW322/323

  • NEC uPD72861

  • NEC uPD72870

  • NEC uPD72871/2

  • NEC uPD72873

  • NEC uPD72874

  • National Semiconductor CS4210

  • Ricoh R5C551

  • Ricoh R5C552

  • Sony CX3022

  • Sony i.LINK (CXD1947)

  • Sony i.LINK (CXD3222)

  • Sun PCIO-2 (RIO 1394)

  • Texas Instruments PCI4410A

  • Texas Instruments PCI4450

  • Texas Instruments PCI4451

  • Texas Instruments TSB12LV22

  • Texas Instruments TSB12LV23

  • Texas Instruments TSB12LV26

  • Texas Instruments TSB43AA22

  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB21/A/AI/A-EP

  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A

  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB23

  • Texas Instruments TSB82AA2

  • VIA Fire II (VT6306)

Serial Bus Protocol 2 (SBP-2) storage devices ( sbp(4) driver)

3.16 Miscellaneous

OpenFirmware console (ofwcons driver)

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