Emulex, a storage-networking host bus adapter (HBA) supplier, debuted a new series of PCI Extended (PCI-X) Fibre Channel HBAs. PCI-X is a new system-bus architecture that increases I/O bandwidth in high-end, multiprocessor servers. Emulex's new series includes the Emulex LightPulse LP9802 and LightPulse LP982, which are both 2Gbps native 133MHz PCI-X Fibre Channel HBAs.
The LP9802 is designed for high-end and the LP982 for midrange Storage Area Networks (SANs). Both adapters are capable of sustaining more than 390MBps on one 2Gbps link. The adapters are backward-compatible with existing 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel PCI installations. The new series also offers an open standards-based management API.