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QLogic acquires InfiniBand specialist

Company plans to acquire PathScale, which makes hardware and software to let computing systems use the high-speed networking tech.

Storage networking hardware maker QLogic plans to acquire PathScale, which makes hardware and software to let computing systems use the high-speed InfiniBand networking technology, the companies said Wednesday. QLogic will pay about $109 million in cash for the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.

QLogic sells adapters to connect servers to Fibre Channel storage networks, but InfiniBand can be used as an intermediate network that carries data for both Fibre Channel and conventional Ethernet networks.