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Chelsio Debuts 10-GigE Adapter

Emerging from stealth after three years, Chelsio Communications Inc.

will use next week's Gt04
supercomputing conference in Philadelphia to showcase its first product -- a high-speed host bus adapter.

Chelsio received its first round of funding in 2001, and is backed by venture capitalists Sequoia Capital, Global Catalyst Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Pacesetter Capital Group, and Horizon Ventures.

Chelsio was founded by Kianoosh Nagshineh, former CEO and President of ASIC Designers Inc. Prior to that, he was one of the primary architects of Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI)'s (NYSE: SGI) Origin supercomputer. With $30 million of funding to date and around 40 employees, the firm is now giving us a glimpse of its wares.

The company will be demonstrating its 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter card -- the T110. Essentially, this is a 10-Gig Ethernet TCP (Transport Control Protocol) offload engine designed to reduce the strain on firms’ server processors. The device, which can also handle iSCSI, can be plugged into servers and storage devices.

Without an offload engine, server processors are struggling to meet the demands of increasingly high-speed networks, warns Nagshineh. He says, “Processors can’t cope with the demand -- now the market is getting faster and processors are not keeping up.”

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