3Com and IBM to Develop Infiniband Products

3Com Corporation and IBM Corp. announced that the companies will work together to integrate IBM's Infiniband chip technology -- known as InfiniBlue -- into future networking solutions offered by 3Com. 3Com intends to market InfiniBand connectivity products that will enable the next generation of InfiniBand-enabled servers and existing PCI/PCI-X-based servers to seamlessly connect to an InfiniBand network.

InfiniBand is a new high-speed common I/O standard defined by leading companies in the industry. It uses channel-based switch fabric architecture with scalable performance from 500 Megabytes per second to 6 Gigabytes per second per link. According to participating companies, InfiniBand will replace PCI and PCI-X bus-based technology, dramatically improving performance, scalability, reliability, availability and serviceability of next generation servers, thereby helping customers reduce the total cost of ownership of the data processing and networking equipment.

For more information, visit www.3com.com, or www.chips.ibm.com/products/infiniband.