Agilent Rolls Out Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel Controller IC

6/18/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced its latest Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel controller IC. Available today, the fourth-generation HPFC-5400D Tachyon controller IC offers industry-leading performance for mid- to high-end storage applications. One Tachyon DX2 chip supports dual-channel, full duplex Fibre Channel port operation, which saves valuable board space for system manufacturers, while providing backward compatibility to previous generation Tachyon controllers.

Storage area network (SAN) solution providers are seeking higher bandwidth, greater connectivity, lower cost per port, higher integration and lower manufacturing costs, while conserving PCI slots within their servers. The Agilent 2 Gb/s Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel Controller satisfies these requirements, making it an excellent solution for embedded subsystems, disk arrays, SCSI to Fibre Channel bridges and host adapters.

"We've shipped more than three million Tachyon ICs and we continue to innovate by supplying the industry's highest performing Fibre Channel protocol controllers," said Martin Scott, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Storage and Networking Division. "The latest Tachyon DX2 chip solidifies our performance leadership and reputation for delivering Fibre Channel products in very high volumes."

The Agilent HPFC-5400D is a single-chip, dual-channel Fibre Channel controller solution that offers full duplex capability within each channel and provides both 2 Gb/s and 1 Gb/s operation. It interfaces to the industry standard 33 and 66 MHz PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnection) and 66/100/133 MHz PCI-X (enhanced PCI) bus architecture with 32- and 64-bit support. The Agilent Tachyon DX2 chip also includes integrated SerDes, which in other solutions must be implemented with a separate device. It also allows for an external HSPI-compatible 10-bit SerDes.

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

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The HPFC-5400D Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel controller IC is priced at $150 each in 5,000-unit quantities, and is immediately available through Agilent's direct sales channel. Agilent also offers Fibre Channel adapter boards based on the dual-channel Tachyon DX2 architecture. More information is available at

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 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 test and measurement solutions for the storage networking market.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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