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InfiniBand bonanza revamps servers

A number of companies are releasing products for the upcoming InfiniBand standard that revamps how servers communicate with one another and with network and storage peripherals. The announcements came this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif. Banderacom said its IBandit InfiniBand chips will ship with Lane15 Software's software for running the InfiniBand subsystem. Mellanox Technologies, a Banderacom competitor, demonstrated InfiniBand chips that work at the basic InfiniBand 1x speed of 2.5 gigabits per second and at the faster 4x speed of 10 gigabits per second. Storage QLogic showed off InfiniBand switches that will tie servers into networks of storage devices using the Fibre Channel communications standard. The switch lets 16 devices connect and communicate with one another at 2.5 gigabits per second. And Lucent Technologies spinoff Agere Systems said it has licensed an InfiniBand design kit from Intel.

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A number of companies are releasing products for the upcoming InfiniBand standard that revamps how servers communicate with one another and with network and storage peripherals. The announcements came this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif.

Banderacom said its IBandit InfiniBand chips will ship with Lane15 Software's software for running the InfiniBand subsystem. Mellanox Technologies, a Banderacom competitor, demonstrated InfiniBand chips that work at the basic InfiniBand 1x speed of 2.5 gigabits per second and at the faster 4x speed of 10 gigabits per second. Storage QLogic showed off InfiniBand switches that will tie servers into networks of storage devices using the Fibre Channel communications standard. The switch lets 16 devices connect and communicate with one another at 2.5 gigabits per second. And Lucent Technologies spinoff Agere Systems said it has licensed an InfiniBand design kit from Intel.