EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. today disclosed development of a new chip series for InfiniBand, a proposed standard for connecting multiple computer systems and peripherals together as a single high-performance server. The InfiniBand initiative is led by Intel Corp. and IBM under a standards organization, called the InfiniBand Trade Association.
IBM Microelectronics said it is sharing preliminary specifications on its InfiniBand chips with systems developers to allow them to begin development of products. The InfinBand technology is intended to ease the job of linking multiple systems together for higher performance, greater reliability, and increases sharing of data. Applications for the technology include combined voice, data, and video on the Internet, said IBM.
The company is leveraging its extensive mainframe chip technology know-how to "bring high-bandwidth capability to the industry-standard space," said Bruce Beers, server business line vice president in IBM Microelectronics. The company expects to introduce its series of InfiniBand chips in 2001. The standards organization is expected to release its final specifications later this year.
IBM's initial InfiniBand products under development are a host channel adapter (HCA) for dual x4 InfiniBand attachments, target channel adapter (TCA), and a switch for simultaneous communications between up to eight servers and peripherals over the x4 InfiniBand link.