Seagate, HP plot multi-gigabit road map
Seagate Technology and Hewlett-Packard recently announced that they are working toward next-generation Fibre Channel products with transfer rates of 2Gbps and 4Gbps. Company officials say demand for these higher-performance devices is being driven by applications such as video streaming and by OEMs that are selling into fabric environments with cascaded loops, hubs, and switches.
HP plans to deliver a 2Gbps Tachyon chip set by the middle of next year. (Array vendors that use the Tachyon chip include Compaq, EMC, and Data General?s Clariion division.) Drives based on 2Gbps chips are due in 2000, with some OEM versions available near the end of next year, according to Seagate officials.?DS