Mellanox 'InfiniBand Accelerated' PCI ExpressModule Adapters Power Sun Blade™ 8000 Modular System

SANTA CLARA, CA. - July 24, 2006 – Mellanox ™ Technologies Ltd, a leader in business and technical computing interconnects, today announced that its dual-port InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter (HCA), based on the PCI SIG ExpressModule™ specification, has been incorporated into Sun Microsystems' recently announced Sun Blade™ 8000 Modular System, a breakthrough modular architecture delivering the best of both rackmount servers and blade systems.

Featuring tool-less installation, tool-less removal, hot-plug capability and 10Gb/s performance, the Mellanox 4X InfiniBand ExpressModule HCA expands the flexibility and serviceability of InfiniBand server clusters. The solution provides dedicated cooling, single-bulk power supply, and a robust form factor all contributing to highly reliable InfiniBand fabrics for server-to-server and server-to-storage applications. The Sun Blade 8000 modular system is the only blade server in the industry supporting industry-standard, hot-pluggable blade I/O adapters based on the PCI SIG ExpressModule standard.

“The Sun Blade 8000 Modular System is the industry's first flexible, rear accessible, hot-plug PCI ExpressModule implementation in modular blade form factor,” said Mike McNerney, director of blades marketing for Sun Microsystems' Systems Group. “The Mellanox ExpressModule HCA delivers a highly serviceable, highly reliable InfiniBand fabric interconnect solution for high-performance server clusters.”

“Today’s mission-critical data center and compute intensive applications demand InfiniBand’s world-class interconnect performance,” said Thad Omura, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox InfiniBand ExpressModule HCAs provide Sun Microsystems with new levels of serviceability and reliability, not existent before in a blade server architecture.”

About PCI ExpressModule
PCI ExpressModule is a new form factor for PCI Express I/O adapters. The PCI-SIG®, the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express™ industry-standard I/O technology, created this new specification that defines hot-pluggable I/O modular form factors that greatly improve reliability and design flexibility for enterprise-class server platforms. PCI ExpressModule offers IT professionals a standardized management interface for I/O expansion modules in servers and workstations. The specification gives developers this integrated hot-plug feature for the same cost as non-hot-pluggable options, as well as closed chassis, tool-less adapter installation and removal, which significantly reduces system downtime.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is the leader in high-performance interconnect solutions that consolidate communications, computing, management, and storage onto a single fabric. Based on InfiniBand technology, Mellanox adapters and switch silicon are the foundation for virtualized data centers and high-performance computing fabrics that deliver optimal performance, scalability, reliability, manageability and total cost of ownership.

Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information on Mellanox’s solutions, please visit

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