Palo Alto, CAAgilent Technologies, Inc. announced that its QX4 HPFC-6400B 4 Gbits/s Fibre Channel controller IC with PCI-Express for storage networking applications is the first quad-port controller with native PCI-Express and the first to exceed 1.3 million input/output per second (IOPS) at 512-byte data payload and 2.7 GBits/s in bandwidth.
The Tachyon series features an eight-lane PCI-Express system bus that supports up to 3.2 GBits/s overall bandwidth. To achieve the 2.7 GBits/s bandwidth performance, the Tachyon QX4 was configured as a host server/initiator that transmits and receives 4 Gbits/s video and data through a 4G (4 Gbits/s) fabric switch. The configuration uses the company's 4 Gbits/s SFP (small form factor pluggable) fiber-optic transceivers connected to four target mode servers with two Agilent DX4+ FC controllers on each server. The 1.3 million IOPS was achieved in the same configuration.
The devices are well suited for data-intensive applications such as video streaming, image processing and backup. The quad-port Fibre Channel controller with PCI-Express is optimized for use in storage arrays. Its single chip, quad-port design is designed to deliver enhanced reliability and reduced development time, costs, and risk for storage networking OEMs. It is fully backward compatible with existing 2 Gbits/s and 1 Gbits/s Fibre Channel SANs.
Samples are available now; production volumes available April 2005.Click here for the QX4 HPFC-6400B Tachyon QX4 data sheet.
Agilent Semiconductor Products,