JNI Ships 2 Gb CompactPCI Fibre Channel HBA in Volume
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JNI(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:JNIC), the leading manufacturer of Fibre Channel host bus adapters for the Solaris market, today announced it has started shipping the 2 Gb Ready(TM) FibreStar(R) FCC-6460, the first product in a new family of storage adapters featuring the CompactPCI interface.
JNI today announed it is shipping in volume a full-featured, switched fabric 2 Gb Fibre Channel CompactPCI host bus adapter for the Solaris market. The new HBA targets Sun Microsystems' new line of UltraSPARC III-based Sun Fire Midframe servers, including the Sun Fire 3800, Sun Fire 4800 and Sun Fire 6800 families.
The new FCC-6460 is based on JNI's 2 Gb Emerald(TM) IV Fibre Channel controller and new family of drivers. It is available today from JNI's global network of authorized resellers and distributors, including ACAL Fibre Channel Solutions, ACA-Pacific Technology, Bell Microproducts, Consan, GE Access, InfoX and Tidal Wire.
According to JNI, at 2 Gb speed, the FibreStar CompactPCI HBA offers peak throughput performance of up to 400 megabytes-per-second (MB) in full-duplex mode, approximately 200 MB in half-duplex. As with all JNI HBAs, the FCC-6460 offers full switched fabric support, as well as arbitrated loop and point-to-point protocol support. In addition, the CompactPCI HBA will include a host of enterprise-level features, including IP and SCSI protocols, FC-Tape support, and 1 or 2 Gb auto rate negotiation. This last, "on demand" feature will enable a smooth and automatic migration path to 2 Gb-enabled storage networks by operating in 1 Gb, 2 Gb or mixed 1 Gb and 2 Gb Fibre Channel environments. Widespread deployment of 2 Gb Fibre Channel infrastructure is expected to take place in 2002.
The 2 Gb Ready FibreStar FCC-6460 is available today.