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Sizing Up 8-Gbit/s FC

A movement's underway to add 8-Gbit/s to the list of Fibre Channel speeds.

Groups within the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) are talking of adding the new speed to their standards, according to Skip Jones, chairman of the FCIA Speed Forum Committee, who also works for QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC).

The FCIA recently voted to extend its Fibre Channel "roadmap" to include 8-Gbit/s speeds for the electrical, copper-based interconnects inside disk drives, controllers, storage cabinets, and other gear (see FCIA Adopts 8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel). And that's led to talk of adding 8-Gbit/s to Fibre Channel fabric gear as well.

If the FCIA committee agrees, it could vote on new specs as early as June, according to Jones.

Meanwhile, Jones says, INCITS may consider adding 8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel to its electrical interconnect list, although no work has yet been undertaken. No one at INCITS had responded to calls or email for clarification at press time.

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