• 07/15/2008
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NEW! Top 10 Storage Startups to Watch

The Byte and Switch staff presents its quarterly list of notable newbies

10-Gbit/s Ethernet specialist Solarflare Communications makes it onto the Top 10 startups list for its efforts around 10Gbase-T, which it claims will help pave the way to a 2010 IPO.

The vendor recently clinched $26 million in Series C funding, which brought the silicon vendor’s total funding to a whopping $126 million, and is planning to launch a low-power version of its 10Gbase-T transceiver later this year.

The vendor tells Byte and Switch that it is currently sampling the low-power version of its 10Xpress transceiver, which will cut the silicon’s power consumption from 11.7 Watts to 5.5 Watts. Solarflare will be in full production with the low-power silicon by the fourth quarter of this year, according to Russell Stern, the vendor’s CEO.

Traction with OEMs looks as if it should not be too much of a problem.

Solarflare already has an OEM partnership with Dell, which ships its current 10Gbase-T transceiver in a network interface card, so it seems likely the Austin-based server giant will be one of Solarflare’s first customers for its souped-up transceiver.

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