QLogic Unveils PCI-iSCSI Host Bus Adapter

QLogic Corp. announced it is expanding its product line with iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

According to the company these products are designed to connect iSCSI servers and storage, offloading host processing with a single chip to provide Fibre Channel performance at Ethernet costs.

“These new plug-and-play HBAs bring QLogic’s storage and Ethernet technologies together so that IT managers can connect servers to future iSCSI SANs with the same reliability, performance and features of today’s Fibre Channel SANs,” said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. “This is done by leveraging our extensive ASIC, host driver, and management software expertise from our third generation parallel SCSI and Fibre Channel products.”

Qlogic said its iSCSI HBA, which supports the PCI-X local bus interface, completely off-loads TCP/IP processing from the host system, providing Fibre Channel SAN performance on Ethernet without burdening the host system. The product will support both target and initiator mode, RAID controller, and SAN appliance applications.

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