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QLogic Unveils 8-Gbit/s Switches

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- QLogic Corp.
(NASDAQ:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance
computing, today revealed that it has begun testing its complete
portfolio of 8Gb Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs)
and is readying samples for major OEMs to qualify. QLogic 8Gb Fibre
Channel end-to-end solutions, consisting of switches and HBAs, are
designed to fulfill the ever-increasing need of enterprise-class
business applications, and select vertical applications, for maximum
performance. 8Gb Fibre Channel doubles the performance of today's 4Gb
Fibre Channel products while maintaining full backward compatibility
with the large installed base of 4Gb and 2Gb Fibre Channel solutions.

"Administrators of infrastructure applications like disk-to-disk
replication and vertical business applications like video post
production are already asking for higher performance storage networks
to reduce the time it takes to move their data sets," said Brian
Garrett, industry analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "The backwards
compatibility of 8Gb Fibre Channel with their existing 2Gb or 4Gb Fibre
Channel networks will be warmly embraced in the data center, video
production houses, and other application environments where performance

"Early adopters of storage networking technologies look to QLogic for
the most compelling end-to-end solutions in the market," said Jeff
Benck, president and chief operating officer, QLogic Corp. "Our goal is
to satisfy that demand for 8Gb Fibre Channel with a complete set of
solutions spanning HBAs, stackable edge switch products, enterprise
class directors, blade switch products and routers that are easy to
acquire and easy to deploy."

QLogic Corp.