Mellanox Delivers 10Gb/sec InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a provider of InfiniBand(SM) silicon, this week introduced and announced the immediate availability of the InfiniScale(TM) MT43132 InfiniBand switch; a single chip silicon device with integrated physical layer for the InfiniBand market.

Accordig to Mellanox, its InfiniScale switch improves the bandwidth of storage area networking and server clustering by a factor of ten, enabling an integrated and highly-scalable InfiniBand fabric while supporting the economies of copper connectors at 10Gb/sec.

“With the introduction of Mellanox’s InfiniScale product family, 1Gb/sec Ethernet and 1 or 2Gb/sec Fibre Channel backbones can be upgraded to a 10 Gb/sec InfiniBand fabric which will greatly accelerate the performance within data centers,” said Vernon Turner of IDC. “InfiniBand based data centers enable higher performance and improved reliability, availability, and serviceability at price points significantly lower than any competing technology and in addition the option to use copper cables can mean thousand of dollars of savings per switch, versus fiber optic cables.”

The InfiniScale MT43132 is packaged in a 520 pin L2BGA package with pricing of $458 in 10K quantities. Production quantities of the MT43132 will be available in Q1 2002. Mellanox offers immediate availability of the MTEK43132-C08 PDK system development board (including SDK), priced at $10,000.

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