SAN JOSE, Calif. Intel Corp. and Emulex have agreed to co-develop a family of integrated storage processors for Fibre Channel, serial ATA and serial-attached SCSI interconnects. The products, coming in 2004, will be based on Intel's XScale cores and be made in its 90nm process technology, using firmware, management software and drivers provided by Emulex.
The companies would not be specific about what products they plan to develop. However, they did say those chips would be used in future disk arrays, server adapter cards, server blades, storage appliances and other direct-attached and storage network equipment. Emulex will have exclusive selling rights to the Fibre Channel components and Intel will have rights over the serial ATA (SATA) and serial-atttached SCSI (SAS) parts.
The collaboration, announced Tuesday (April 15) at the Storage Networking World conference, should help the two companies address a broader set of markets while keeping development costs low. Emulex already uses StrongARM cores in more than one million ASICs it has shipped on its server adapter cards.
Kirk Roller, president and chief operating officer of Emulex said the new storage processors will be unique in sharing a common driver model and set of end user management software tools. "You will find point products like this from a number of companies, but nothing that has code compatibility across such a broad set of products," Roller said.
"There are only a handful of companies that can deliver products made in 90nm process technology in this time frame," added Chris Croteau, director of marketing for Intel's storage components division.
With the announcement, Emulex expects to have Intel build most of its future storage products. LSI Logic makes most of Emulex's current products using its 130nm process, Roller said.