Sunday, March 25, 2007

Infiniband stokes the fire

Mellanox throws another log on the Infiniband fire today, announcing it is sampling some of the ConnectX products it announced back in November. Not much new here other than the marketing department's efforts to keep the flames well stoked.


As you may recall, ConnectX is a family of ASICs and adapter cards that can mix and match Infiniband at 10, 20 and 40 Gbits/s with Ethernet at 1 and 10Gbits/s. And as you may recall my take on the data center has repeatedly been that it will be a mixed environment of mainly Ethernet with a goodly share of Fibre Channel and Infiniband. I expect to see that mix in box-to-box interconnects as well as links inside the server blade.

Today's news from Mellanox doesn't change that picture. It just fills in some details of adapter card pricing--$165 to $479 in high volumes--and availability--sampling now with production ranging from next month to next year depending on the configuration of cards.

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