CERNFibre Channel News

Stopping the CERN Fibre Channel pages

13 November 1998. As I have new commitments in the world of high energy physics, I don't have enough time anymore to keep track of the developments in the Fibre Channel market and to condense that information in the CERN Fibre Channel pages.

Also, there are two organisations that are supposed to do that work, which are the Fibre Channel Association and the Fibre Channel Community. Both have product listings, which unfortunately are not yet as complete as the CERN pages used to be. The FCA and FClC and the vendors are working hard to improve this situation.

In the four years that I maintained those pages, I received many responses of both advanced users and newcomers in the Fibre Channel field, of which here a few:

"The CERN site has an excellent and very useful summary of FC manufacturers and products, thanks to your efforts."
"I was very pleased to find your Web page about Fibre Channel. It gives a nice quick overview of the Fibre Channel products."
"I hope that your initiative will be successful in pushing Fibre Channel technology."
"Nice summary of FC vendors."
"I've used your web page many times in searching for products"
"Danke fuer deine Aufstellung ueber den Fibre Channel ! Diese hat mir bei meiner Recherche sehr viel geholfen !!"
"Thanks for the information on these pages, it's very useful."
"Many thanks for maintaining these webpages"
Thanks for all those positive remarks.

1998 Fibre Channel Technologies Conference

3 August 1998. FCTC (the Fibre Channel Technologies Conference) will be held on September 15-17,  1998 at the Wyndham (formerly LeBaron) Hotel in San Jose, CA.   A complete program and free registration for the exhibits and open sessions are available on the Web at or by calling (800) 351-6000 or (408) 526-9194.

Sony also makes Fibre Channel transceiver chips

5 March 1988. Sony Semiconductor sells a whole range of Fibre Channel transceiver chips. They also sell laser drivers and transimpedance amplifiers that can be used in Fibre Channel applications. Take a look at  Sony's Serial/Optical Communications web page.

Fujitsu makes Fibre Channel transceiver and repeater chips

7 January 1998. Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor is making Fibre Channel transceiver and repeater chips. The 64-pin tranceiver chips have a 10-bit interface and run at 1 Gbps, consuming only 0.55 Watt at 3.3 Volt. Fujitsu is also making Gigabit Ethernet chips.

More disk storage companies

7 January 1998. EMC Corporation and OneofUs are new companies in the Fibre Channel storage listings.

ATTO Technologies enters FC market

6 January 1998. ATTO Technologies is a new player in the Fibre Channel market. The company, which provided SCSI solutions since 1988, started off immediately with three Fibre Channel products: a 32/64-bit PCI interface, a hub and a converter to SCSI.

Systran products and results

6 January 1998. Systran sent me a mail with some updated information about their Fibre Channel interfaces. You can find the information about the PCI and PMC interfaces, VME interface and S-Bus interface. Systran has dropped the EISA and GIO products.
At CERN we have used the Systran interfaces extensively with our own software. You might be interested in reading some reports with performance results: Evaluation of FC/PMC Cards in the Environment of the ATLAS DAQ Prototype; Performance Tests with FC/PCI Cards in the Environment of the ATLAS DAQ Prototype; Experience with FC Arbitrated Loop

Tachlite: PCI to Fibre Channel chip for storage applications

6 January 1998. HP is now producing the Tachlite. This is a Fibre Channel protocol chip that connects directly to a 32-bit or 64-bit PCI bus. The output is a 10-bit interface which connects directly to industry standard Fibre Channel transceiver chips. The chip is meant for storage applications using FC Arbitrated Loop.

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