Mellanox Announces World's First Port Adapter for Seamless Connectivity between 1Gb/s, 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s Data Center Ecosystems

Network Equipment with QSFP-based 40 Gigabit Ports to Connect to SFP+-based 1 or 10 Gigabit Ports Using Quad-to-Serial Adapter Module

INTEROP, LAS VEGAS, NV – April 27, 2010 –  Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced it has completed the development of a Quad-to-Serial Adapter (QSA) solution to enable connectivity of its Virtual Protocol Interconnect® (VPI) or 40 Gigabit Ethernet adapters using QSFP ports to 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks using SFP or SFP+ based cabling solutions. The patent-pending QSA provides cost-effective connectivity to enable easy deployment of advanced 40 Gigabit-InfiniBand or Ethernet technologies while maintaining connectivity to current infrastructures.

Mellanox VPI technology enables a single adapter card to easily connect to 20Gb/s and 40Gb/s InfiniBand and 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches, eliminating server upgrades when changing fabrics. The QSA when combined with Mellanox adapters solves the QSFP to SFP+ physical conversion challenge.

Ethernet switches with 40Gb/s QSFP ports can utilize QSA to connect to 10Gb/s Ethernet switches or server with 10Gb/s Ethernet NIC ports, delivering added flexibility.

“Financial services, business intelligence, Cloud networking and Web 2.0 applications are driving the need for 40Gb/s data center fabrics, with the option to upgrade gradually as needed and maintain connectivity to 1 and 10Gb/s fabrics,” said Shai Rephaeli, vice president of interconnect products at Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s QSA makes such deployment scenarios possible and easier, thereby enhancing the 40Gb/s fabric ecosystem and driving faster deployments in the data center.”

Mellanox QSA conforms to the SFF-8431 SFP+ and SFF-8436 QSFP connector standards and is 100 percent tested to strict quality requirements. The adapter enables users to maintain their SFP+ cabling solutions to connect 10/40Gb/s equipment to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The adapter is built in QSFP form factor with a receptacle for a SFP+ cable connector.

The QSA is sampling now. Contact your Mellanox representative for samples or pricing information.

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About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox connectivity solutions are a preferred choice for Fortune 500 data centers and the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at

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