Critical I/O unveils first 4Gb Fibre Channel advanced mezzanine card

Irvine, Calif., 11 Dec. 2006. Critical I/O has released the first 4Gb Fibre Channel interface to comply with the ATCA Advanced Mezzanine Card standard (AMC.1 with PCI Express host interface).

Irvine, Calif., 11 Dec. 2006.Critical I/O has released the first 4Gb Fibre Channel interface to comply with the ATCA Advanced Mezzanine Card standard (AMC.1 with PCI Express host interface).

This AMC Host Bus Adapter (HBA) provides 4 Gbit/second Fibre Channel connectivity to ATCA systems. The Critical I/O Model FCA2460 Fibre Channel AMC interface has two independent Fibre Channel interfaces that, when combined, achieve sustained data rates of 1500 Mbytes/sec, 10 usec RDMA data transfers, and up to 300,000 SCSI I/O operations per second. The AMC also provides hot-swap capabilities and is supported by drivers for VxWorks, Linux, Windows, and other specialized operating systems.

"Our Fibre Channel AMC product offers advanced features like hot-swap capability that achieve levels of on-line maintainability never offered before, which is crucial for next-generation computer systems in telecom, military, and enterprise computing applications," says Jack Staub, chief executive officer of Critical I/O. "And it provides our customers who develop ATCA-based systems with access to all Fibre Channel capabilities, features, and operating system support available to commercial-grade systems."

The FCA2460 AMC is 100% software compatible with the Critical I/O's PMC and XMC Fibre Channel interfaces. Therefore, existing customers do not have to rewrite software or learn new technology and can immediately leverage the extensive offering of mature drivers and libraries refined by Critical I/O over nine years and six product generations.

The FCA2460 AMC is part of Critical I/O's sixth-generation family of Fibre Channel interfaces. This hardware interface dissipates six watts but provides two independent 4Gb Fibre Channel ports, 4 lane PCI Express host interface, hot-swap capability, and extensive integrated hardware BIT. It is supported by a full complement of library and drivers for VxWorks, Linux and Windows. It is compatible with X86 and PowerPC ATCA processor blades.

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