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QLogic 7200 Series DDR InfiniBand Adapters, Based On TrueScale ASIC Platform, Achieve World Record Performance
For the Second Consecutive Year, QLogic Turns in Superior Results on SPEC MPI2007 Benchmark Suite
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sep 9, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that QLogic(r) 7200 Series InfiniBand(r) host channel adapters are once again the undisputed performance leaders based on the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC(r)) benchmark suite, SPEC MPI2007. The benchmark measures the performance of parallel computing systems and clusters running message-passing interface (MPI) applications. Consisting of 13 different application types, the SPEC MPI2007 benchmark suite simulates a truly mixed workload. Performance across all thirteen applications is aggregated to determine the overall result.

The QLogic 7200 Series adapters, operating with dual Intel quad-core (E5472) CPUs, QLogic MPI 2.2, across a QLogic 9024 InfiniBand switch, achieved world record performance at 96 and 128 cores, scoring 9.78 and 13.1, respectively. These top scores mean HPC customers can deploy QLogic 7200 Series InfiniBand adapters to achieve superior scalable performance over a variety of different types of applications. Full details of the testing are publicly available at: http://www.spec.org/mpi2007/results/mpi2007.html.

"InfiniBand solutions have been increasingly adopted for high performance computing applications because of the level of performance they can deliver in an industry-accepted standard," said Addison Snell, general manager of Tabor Research. "Performance is extremely important to users, and the SPEC MPI2007 benchmarks showcase the position of QLogic's products in this growing area."

"The TrueScale architecture of our 7200 Series InfiniBand adapters was designed with a focus on MPI application performance for large-scale clusters," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. "Unlike micro-benchmarks, the SPEC MPI2007 suite measures performance based on a suite of actual end-user applications in the real-world. For the second year in a row, the world record SPEC benchmark has validated that QLogic InfiniBand adapters scale, giving HPC users superior performance over alternative solutions in the marketplace."

SPEC MPI2007 - Real World Benchmark from Non Profit Organization

SPEC is a non-profit corporation that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks to measure the performance of the newest generation of high-performance computers. Its membership comprises leading computer hardware and software vendors, universities, and research organizations worldwide. SPEC MPI2007 was developed by SPEC members AMD, Argonne National Lab, Fujitsu Ltd., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, QLogic, SGI, Sun and the University of Dresden. It supports a wide range of 32- and 64-bit architectures, and is portable across Linux, UNIX and Windows operating systems. A medium-sized data set in SPEC MPI2007 scales up to 512 processors, and SPEC is working on larger data sets.

QLogic InfiniBand Adapters -- Run Faster, Scale Higher with TrueScale ASIC Platform

Backed by an industry-best, three-year warranty, QLogic 7200 Series adapters deliver industry-leading 20Gb DDR InfiniBand performance in a cluster interconnect, allowing organizations to gain maximum advantage and return on their investment by driving up the utilization of high performance computing infrastructure. The 7200 Series, based on the QLogic TrueScale DDR(tm) ASIC platform, is designed from the ground up to provide HPC cluster interconnectivity with the highest messaging rate and lowest latency available. QLogic 7200 Series InfiniBand adapters are the first to deliver up to 26 million messages per second between computing nodes at low scalable latencies. With a low-power design, the 7200 Series is environmentally friendly and highly reliable. The 7200 Series is based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) and has been certified with all major independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) for plug-and-play interoperability.

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, which include the controller chips, host adapters and fabric switches that are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel adapters, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI adapters and iSCSI routers. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging high performance computing market. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises around the world via its channel partner community. QLogic products are also powering solutions from leading companies such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, NetApp and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.

Disclaimer - Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. The company advises readers that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; revenues may be affected by changes in IT spending levels; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company's dependence on the storage area network market; potential adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company's business; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of blade servers; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company's products; the company's dependence on a limited number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company's dependence on relationships with certain silicon chip suppliers; declines in the market value of the company's marketable securities; the complexity of the company's products; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; environmental compliance costs; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; reliance on third party technology; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; changes in the company's tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; computer viruses and other tampering with the company's computer systems; and facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters.

More detailed information on these and additional factors which could affect the company's operating and financial results are described in the company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the business and other risks that the company faces. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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