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NAME

     gem - ERI/GEM/GMAC Ethernet device driver

SYNOPSIS

     To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
     kernel configuration file:

           device miibus
           device gem

     Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
     following line in loader.conf(5):

           if_gem_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

     The gem driver provides support for the GMac Ethernet hardware found
     mostly in the last Apple PowerBooks G3s and most G4-based Apple hardware,
     as well as many Sun UltraSPARCs.

HARDWARE

     Chips supported by the gem driver include:

     ·   Apple GMAC
     ·   Sun ERI 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
     ·   Sun GEM Gigabit Ethernet

     The following add-on cards are known to work with the gem driver at this
     time:

     ·   Sun Gigabit Ethernet PCI 2.0/3.0 (GBE/P) (part no. 501-4373)

NOTES

     On sparc64 the gem driver respects the local-mac-address? system
     configuration variable which can be set in the Open Firmware boot monitor
     using the setenv command or by eeprom(8).  If set to “false” (the
     default), the gem driver will use the system’s default MAC address for
     all of its devices.  If set to “true”, the unique MAC address of each
     interface is used if present rather than the system’s default MAC
     address.

     Supported interfaces having their own MAC address include the on-board
     Sun ERI 10/100 Mbps on boards equipped with more than one Ethernet
     interface and the Sun Gigabit Ethernet 2.0/3.0 GBE add-on cards.

CAVEATS

     Currently the gem driver fails to attach to Sun Gigabit Ethernet SBus
     2.0/3.0 (GBE/S) cards, as no SBus front-end has been written so far.

SEE ALSO

     altq(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), eeprom(8), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

     The gem device driver appeared in NetBSD 1.6.  The first FreeBSD version
     to include it was FreeBSD 5.0.

AUTHORS

     The gem driver was written by Eduardo Horvath 〈eeh@NetBSD.org〉.  The man
     page was written by Thomas Klausner 〈wiz@NetBSD.org〉.