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Mellanox Announces Six-Port, Multi-Protocol 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL - May 13, 2009 - Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage, today announced the immediate availability of PhyX, the industry's first high-density, multi-protocol Physical layer silicon device designed for 10GigE switches and pass-through modules. PhyX provides the highest levels of integration by supporting six channels in a single device, giving Ethernet switches a high-density, low power, flexible design. For server blades, PhyX provides an economical solution for pass through modules. PhyX is the first device that supports all 10 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer functionality in a single device with an ability to be field upgraded to support Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to 2/4/8G Fibre Channel gateway functionality with no change in hardware.

The market need for high density 10 Gigabit Ethernet is rapidly increasing in the network and data center to feed today's more powerful multi-core server processing platforms and expanding enterprise applications. Switches are expected to migrate from relatively low 10GbE port counts to a higher density solution for the next generation of data center networking systems. Those solutions need to be able to support multiple copper and fiber form factors like SFP+, while also supporting the new emerging protocols for converged network like FCoE.

"Mellanox's six-port devices enable OEMs to develop high port density data center switches and blades, with a field upgradeable option to deliver FCoE for future investment protection," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "Low power, multiport PHYs are a key ingredient for driving 10GbE adoption to service the high bandwidth needs of data center and carrier networks."

"Mellanox is committed to providing efficient and innovative solutions for a cost-effective upgrade path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the Data Center and to enable IT managers to support the increasing demands for server and storage networking throughput," said John Monson, vice president of marketing of Mellanox Technologies. "PhyX provides Ethernet vendors with industry-leading density and I/O flexibility, as well as the ability to rapidly deploy support for FCoE-based converged fabric initiatives."

PhyX supports the following capabilities:
- Six 10GigE ports that provide the highest port density for 10GigE switches and pass-through modules
- Support for GigE and 10GigE for maximum flexibility and backwards compatibility
- All 10GigE protocols in a single device: XAUI to XFI / SFI; 10GBASE-KR to XAUI / XFI / SFI and XAUI / XFI / SFI / KR to Fibre Channel 2/4/8G
- Field upgradeable to FCoE functionality enabling faster time to market
- Low power of 1.45W / port, enabling power-efficient 10GigE switches and pass-through modules
- SR and LR optical module and Twinax copper support

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