QLogic to develop products for PCI Express at Intel Developer Forum

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 18 September 2002, 07:00 Hrs
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SAN JOSE: QLogic Corp (Nasdaq:QLGC), Tuesday announced plans to develop host bus adapters (HBAs) that support PCI Express, an interconnect standard the company helped develop along with 30 other industry leaders.

PCI Express, previously code-named 3GIO, is a general-purpose input/output (I/O) interconnect designed to address numerous application requirements for multiple market segments. PCI Express is expected to seamlessly complement legacy PCI installations and transition into the market over the next several years.

"As the industry moves to serve computing models including 10GHz CPUs and 10 gigabit SANs, we see PCI Express as complementary to the PCI local bus," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corporation.

"With their history in delivering a broad range of I/O technologies in the storage arena, QLogic has been a valuable contributor to the PCI Express specification," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "QLogic's plans for PCI Express-enabled HBAs provides a critical component to native PCI Express connectivity to Intel Architecture server platforms. Customers will receive increased performance from adapters designed to connect natively to PCI Express enabled server chipsets."

Developed by a prominent group of vendors, including Dell, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and QLogic, the PCI Express specification has been accepted by the PCI-SIG. The PCI-SIG, composed of more than 970 active members, is the industry organization that owns and manages the PCI Local Bus specification, an industry-wide standard. Products based on the PCI Express I/O architecture are expected to begin emerging in the marketplace in the second half of 2003.

QLogic produces the industry's only end-to-end SAN infrastructure, consisting of highly scaleable products ranging from controllers and HBAs for storage devices and servers, to QLogic SANbox2(TM) switches, which are capable of networking storage at distances in excess of 100 km, scalable to over seven million nodes. This broad range of high-performance products, available from a single vendor, allows OEMs, VARs storage service providers (SSPs) and end-users to build cost-effective, plug-and-play SANs that are centrally managed and highly available.

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