Monday, November 13, 2006

Chelsio Debuts 10Gb Ethernet Adapters

Chelsio Communications announced 10Gb Ethernet adapter cards that enable the convergence of storage, clustering, and server networking applications onto a single unified fabric.

Chelsio said its new adapters, which are powered by the company's new Terminator 3 (T3) ASIC announced in September, enable 10Gb Ethernet to replace disparate fabric technologies such as Fibre Channel and InfiniBand in a wide range of applications, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Filers, Storage Area Network (SAN) Arrays, Server Adapters, High Performance Cluster Computing, Blade Servers, Video Servers, Application Servers and Web Accelerators.

Chelsio is announcing three new product lines based on the T3 technology:

  • The S310/S320 Storage Accelerator product line consists of a broad range of iSCSI-enabled HBAs for storage networking and unified wire applications.

  • The R310 iWARP Adapter product line consists of RDMA-enabled NICs (RNICs), targeted at low latency clustering applications.

  • The N310 Server Adapter product line consists of stateless offload NICs.

All adapters are sampling now and will be in volume production in January, 2007.
  • In June 2006, Chelsio Communications, a start-up offering 10-Gigabit Ethernet server adapters and protocol acceleration technology, announced the first close of a private venture funding round, raising a total of $12 million and adding LSI Logic as a new investor. The company said the new funding provides sufficient capital to reach profitability and will be used to grow the business and ramp production of Chelsio's next generation product line that addresses the growing demand for 10GbE protocol offload.