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Voltaire Vaunts InfiniBand

InfiniBand may not be all it was hyped up to be a couple of years ago, but for Voltaire Inc., the emerging technology still promises the best of all possible worlds. The InfiniBand switch maker will be announcing a line of products next week that Voltaire says will finally let it catch a glimpse of some revenues.

Voltaire will introduce its new InfiniBand switches, the six-port ISR 6000 and the 96-port ISR 9600, as well as its 400 host channel adapter (HCA). The company says it should be able to start counting out the dough as early as the second half of this year.

The company, which has partnerships with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), says that several of its four current beta customers -- which include the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology -- have voiced interest in becoming paying customers (see Hitachi Bucks Up InfiniBand).

Recognizing any serious revenue from InfiniBand products would in itself be quite a feat. The high-speed, low-latency I/O interconnect was once hailed as a miracle cure for bottlenecks and other network ailments, but over the past year at least the technology has definitely lost steam (see Whither InfiniBand?).

As of yet, none of the InfiniBand players have made much cash on their products. In fact, many vendors in this space have either gone bust or decided to put their InfiniBand projects on ice for the time being at least (see Banderacom Abandons InfiniBand, IBM Kills InfiniBand Chip, OmegaBand Is InfiniBusted, Microsoft Backs Off InfiniBand, and Intel Bails on InfiniBand).

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