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QLogic Intros Platform for SAN Market Expansion

(January 15, 2002)
QLogic Corp. today introduced a silicon platform that promises to make Fibre Channel connections on servers and storage systems commonplace. With costs of under $50 per port, the QLogic ISP2312 is more affordable than adapter-based products, and with unparalleled interoperability and performance it satisfies the needs of an entire gamut of applications including subsystems, RAID devices, tape libraries, servers, workstations, SAN appliances, and host bus adapters (HBAs).

"By designing Fibre Channel silicon directly on the system board level, we are able to provide the fastest storage connections standard in products like our Sun Blade workstations at minimal costs to our customers," said Fred Kohout, director of marketing, Client and Technical Market Products, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "High-speed storage connectivity is the perfect complement to the Sun Blade workstation which is designed to meet the rigorous demands required by compute-intensive applications as well as the heavy lifting necessary for high quality 3D graphics applications."

About the ISP2312

With two 2Gb Fibre Channel ports that support the 133MHz PCI-X interface built directly into the ISP2312's controller chip, the ISP2312 eliminates the need for a bridge in HBA and "Fibre Down" designs in system motherboards. This dual-port design gives system administrators the ability to run the Fibre Channel Virtual Interface (VI) protocol through one port while dedicating the other port for SCSI commands, or to tune both ports for maximum throughput performance. Using the same drivers and application program interface (API) as QLogic's previous generation ISP architecture, QLogic's new-generation products offer customers complete interoperability and seamless migration with all existing QLogic chip and HBA investments.

ISP2312 Record Breaking Performance

The ISP2312 chip is able to deliver record-breaking throughput of up to 80,000 Input/Output Operations per second (IOPs). QLogic SANblade QLA2300 2Gb Series HBAs based on the ISP2312 dual-channel architecture, now sampling to OEM customers, are delivering unprecedented real-world results. In a recent test conducted with Intel, eight SANblade HBAs based on the ISP2312 chip combined with two QLogic SANbox2(TM) switches achieved total throughput of 2.6 Gigabytes (GB) per second. The 2.6GB throughput was achieved with 6 PCI-X buses, 3 hublinks and 215 disk drives running 1MB sequential reads, resulting in 90 percent available bandwidth of the SANblade HBAs.

Award Winning End-to-End 2Gb Fibre Channel from QLogic

The ISP2312 chip will serve as the foundation for QLogic's family of next-generation 2Gb SANblade QLA2300 Series Fibre Channel HBAs. QLogic's 2Gb SANblade HBA recently won Network Computing magazine's "Editor's Choice" award in the only comparative review of 2Gb HBAs conducted to date. The SANblade 2Gb HBA earned high marks for ease of setup, high performance and low CPU utilization rates. QLogic's SANblade QLA2300 Series is part of the industry's first and only end-to-end 2 Gigabit storage network infrastructure, consisting of highly scaleable products ranging from Fibre Channel controller solutions 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 2 Gigabit products, available from a single vendor, simplifies network storage for OEMs, VARs storage service providers (SSPs) and end-users, enabling them to build cost-effective, plug-and-play storage networks that are centrally managed and highly available.

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