Agilent Technologies Ships 2.5 Million of Industry's Most Widely Used Fibre Channel Controller ICs

10/9/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced that it has shipped more than 2.5 million Tachyon Fibre Channel controller ICs since production began in 1995. Agilent's Tachyon protocol controller ICs, the most widely used in the industry, allow leading storage subsystem and system OEMs to process and transport SCSI traffic from servers to disk arrays in a storage area network (SAN). They offer OEMS both high levels of performance and reduced board space and costs.

"The storage networking market continues to be a bright spot for the semiconductor industry, and its strong growth is fueled by Fibre Channel components and subsystems," said Martin Scott, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Storage and Networking Division. "While we are delivering products for emerging storage networking protocols like iSCSI and InfiniBand, Agilent continues to increase production of its 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel products, and is leading the development of next-generation Fibre Channel technology."

Fibre Channel controllers perform the critical task of protocol processing and control in disk arrays, HBAs and bridge and router products. Agilent's 2 Gb/s Tachyon DX2 controller, the HPFC-5400A, processes two data streams within a single chip. It requires no external memory and supports the high-performance PCI-X bus architecture.

The Agilent Tachyon controller's proven state machine architecture scales proportionately with system CPU resources to avoid performance bottlenecks associated with on-chip processors. The Tachyon architecture allows simultaneous, parallel processing of inbound data, outbound data, and hardware control and commands to maximize bandwidth and minimize latency and I/O overhead.

About Agilent Storage Networking Solutions
Agilent is a leading supplier of 1 and 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel solutions for the high-performance, enterprise-class SAN market, and is also a world leader in fiber optics and ICs for the Ethernet market. Agilent provides industry-leading Tachyon Fibre Channel controllers, InfiniBand switch ICs, fiber optics, physical layer ICs, and integrated Fibre Channel and iSCSI adapter boards. Agilent also offers SAN test and measurement solutions.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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