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The page below shows a Fibre Channel Adapter featured here on in 2000.
I published my first FC adapter buyers guide in 1994 in the SPARC Product Directory.

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SBS Technologies - Fibre Channel Adapters

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SBS Technologies FC23 series
(PMC form factor)

The two FC23 64-bit/66 MHz PCI Mezzanine Cards (PMCs) support 400 MB/s full-duplex and 200 MB/s half-duplex data transfer rates and automatically negotiate 1 or 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel bit rates. FC23-PMC-1C features one copper interface via a high-speed serial data connector (HSSDC) port. FC23-PMC-1F provides one fiber port that supports multimode LC duplex fiber-optic cable.

Both PMCs take full advantage of industry standard Fibre Channel features and benefits, plus incorporate value-added features such as a streamlined protocol engine, RemoteDMA protocol, and SCSI target protocol. Device drivers for Solaris, Linux, Windows NT and Windows 2000 are provided for standard file system and network support.

The high-sustained throughput and low latency offered by the FC23 series are made possible by a rich feature set. The single chip engine that includes an enhanced RISC processor, Fibre Channel protocol manager, 2-Gigabit transceivers, and on-chip frame buffers optimizes performance. To ease integration and simplify operation, the PMCs automatically negotiate 1- or 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel bit rates. Consequently, a FC23 card can be connected to a FC22 card, and the FC23 PMC will automatically operate at the 1-Gigabit rate of the FC22.

SCSI target/initiator protocol support allows a computer to function as a SCSI target, as such it achieves maximum bandwidth for peer-to-peer communications. The computer can concurrently be both an initiator and a target, thus allowing full-duplex peer-to-peer communications at aggregate rates over 400 MB/s. For system flexibility, the highest bandwidth and lowest transfer latency, RemoteDMA bypasses complex protocol stacks. Data can be moved between one system and another workstation or single board computer (SBC) without using any processor cycles on the remote computer.

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SBS Technologies PMC, CompactPCI & PCI HBAs

SBS' Fibre Channel PCI, CompactPCI and PMC Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and supporting software tools provide the high sustained throughput and low latency required for demanding real-time and storage applications. Engineered to take full advantage of industry standard Fibre Channel features and benefits, SBS HBAs incorporate unique value-added features such as an integrated three port hub, a streamlined protocol engine, RemoteDMA protocol, and SCSI target protocol.

  • 64 bit/66 MHz PCI/CompactPCI/PMC
  • 102.7 MB/s data transfer rate; up to 200 MB/s full duplex
  • Integrated hub supports arbitrated loop, point-to-point, switched network and daisy chaining topologies
  • Multiple initiator and multiple target capable
  • Fiber-optic and copper interface support
  • Device drivers for Solaris, Linux, Windows NT, VxWorks & LynxOS
  • RemoteDMA, SCSI target, SCSI initiator and IP protocol support
  • Unique high-bandwidth, low-latency firmware & software running on industry-standard QLogic® Fibre Channel controller chips

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