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QLogic Introduces New Class of QDR InfiniBand Switches Based on the QLogic TrueScale Switch ASIC Platform
New QLogic 12000 Series Delivers the Highest Port Count, Lowest Power-Per-Port, Highest Performance and Virtual InfiniBand Fabrics (vFabric)
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 17, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the QLogic(r) 12000 Series of 40Gb quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand(r) switches. The comprehensive family of blade, edge and director switches is based on the new QLogic TrueScale(tm) switch ASIC platform. The QLogic 12000 Series represents a new class of InfiniBand switches with a number of industry breakthroughs including the highest port count for a rack mount switch, lowest power-per-port, highest performance for a rack mount switch and higher network utilization with vFabric(tm). The 12000 Series joins QLogic QDR InfiniBand adapters to make up the industry's first family of end-to-end QDR solutions and establishes new standards for cluster performance, scalability and network utilization. These innovations enable faster time-to-solutions for high performance computing (HPC) users running cluster applications such as oil & gas exploration, weather forecasting, auto design and financial modeling.

Listed below are key features and benefits of the QLogic 12000 Series switches based on QLogic TrueScale ASIC technology - the new checklist for best-in-class InfiniBand switches.

* Highest port count for a rack mount switch - 864 ports
* Highest scalability for a rack mount switch - 18 to 864 ports
* Highest aggregate bandwidth for a rack mount switch - 51.8 Tb/s
* Highest ports per 1u of rack space for a director switch - 29.8 ports per 1u
* Lowest power per port for a director switch - 7.8 Watts per port
* Future gateway capabilities to access the fastest data and storage networks - 10Gb Ethernet and 8Gb Fibre Channel
* Highest network utilization with QLogic vFabric, including adaptive routing and QoS
* Easiest to use with wizard-based installation, automated discovery, automated configuration and self monitoring

"InfiniBand technology continues to play an increasingly important role in the future of HPC clusters," said Earl Joseph, program vice president, High-Performance Computing, IDC. "Many traditional and emerging HPC users are expected to move towards InfiniBand technologies and will look at the potential for QDR InfiniBand technology, such as the new QLogic 12000 Series, to leverage its 40Gb InfiniBand speeds to build more powerful, small clusters and to scale large clusters even higher."

"Traditional HPC users are building massive clusters while new workgroup cluster applications are rapidly emerging," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, QLogic Network Solutions Group. "The QLogic 12000 Series is a new class of switches designed to scale cost-effectively from workgroup to Top 500."

"This new breed of InfiniBand switches with QDR speeds and intelligent features can give customers quicker times-to-solutions," said Herbert Schultz, director of marketing for IBM Deep Computing. "The QLogic 12000 Series offers the performance and scalability to meet the needs of a long list of demanding HPC applications."

"QLogic has made great efforts to maximize cluster efficiency in the design of its 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand switches," said Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst, StorageIO. "Features such as vFabric, adaptive routing and QoS allow HPC users to bypass conflicts when implementing heterogeneous solutions on the same InfiniBand fabric."

QLogic NETtrack Alliance Program: Certified Interoperability & Optimized Performance

Leading HPC vendors have pledged to ensure their solutions are interoperable and optimized for performance with QLogic 12000 Series switches. NETtrack partners who have committed to certify interoperability of their HPC products with the QLogic 12000 Series include: AMD, ANSYS, CD-adapco, Clustercorp, Corning Cable Systems, DataDirect Networks, Intel, LSI Corporation, Network Equipment Technologies, Obsidian Strategics, Panasas, PANDUIT, Platform Computing, RAID Incorporated, RNA networks, SIMULIA, Symmetric Computing, Terascala, Texas Memory Systems and Zarlink Semiconductor.

NETtrack partners will be able to test and certify their applications with QLogic 12000 Series switches at the NETtrack Developer Center using the center's 32-node/256-core clusters based on either Intel's SR1560SF servers or AMD's Colfax CX1266-N2 servers.

InfiniBand Networks powered by QLogic

QLogic offers a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio of InfiniBand networking products for HPC including QDR host channel adapters (HCAs), QDR multi-protocol director and edge switches, and the necessary software to install, operate, and maintain high performance fabrics. Delivering the industry's highest message rate, lowest MPI latency and highest effective bandwidth, QLogic InfiniBand adapters enable MPI and TCP applications to scale to thousands of nodes with unprecedented price-performance. The most comprehensive and flexible HPC cluster interconnect fabric solutions on the market, QLogic QDR InfiniBand switches incorporate the industry's only management tools that enable an administrator to install and boot an InfiniBand fabric in minutes, helping to satisfy the growing demand for high performance computational clusters and grids.

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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