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QLogic Announces General Availability of World’s Fastest InfiniBand HCA, Based On QLogic TrueScale ASIC Platform

June 17, 2008

DRESDEN, Germany, June 17, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — ISC Show — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance computing (HPC), today announced it is now shipping in volume the highest performing InfiniBand(r) host channel adapter (HCA) in the industry, based on the QLogic(r) TrueScale(tm) ASIC platform for Double Data Rate (DDR) and Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand. The powerful new QLogic 7200 Series DDR HCAs are based on the TrueScale DDR(tm) ASIC and deliver a higher messaging rate and lower scalable latency than any competitive cluster interconnect available today. QDR adapters based on the TrueScale QDR(tm) ASIC will be available at the end of 2008. The new QLogic 7200 family of HCAs also represents the advancement of InfiniBand as a highly reliable network solution for HPC customers, with the industry’s first three-year warranty backed by global service and support.

“High performance computing is the fastest growing segment of IT infrastructure, averaging 20 percent yearly growth over the last four years, but interconnects like InfiniBand need to evolve in order for that growth to continue,” said Earl Joseph, program vice president, High Performance Computing, IDC. “Technology like QLogic PetaScale and products like the 7200 Series HCA indicate that InfiniBand has the headroom and momentum to serve the expanding market for high performance computing applications.”

QLogic TrueScale ASIC Platform — High Messaging Rate and Low Latency Powered by QLogic

The performance of the cluster interconnect can define the performance of clusters and the benchmarks for cluster performance messaging rate and latency. The QLogic TrueScale ASIC platform is designed from the ground up to provide HPC cluster interconnectivity with the highest messaging rate and lowest latency available. For high performance computing applications that require 20Gb DDR InfiniBand connectivity, QLogic offers products based on the TrueScale DDR ASIC. For HPC customers who need 40Gb QDR InfiniBand Connectivity, QLogic offers products based on the TrueScale QDR ASIC.

“Customers in industries that are heavily dependent on HPC are asking for cluster interconnects that are faster and can scale higher,” said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “The QLogic 7200 HCA gives InfiniBand network administrators in oil companies, universities, government research labs and automated manufacturing plants, an option of leading edge performance from a market leader in multi-protocol server connectivity.”

QLogic 7200 InfiniBand HCAs — The Performance Leaders

InfiniBand adapters from QLogic deliver industry-leading performance in a cluster interconnect, allowing organizations to gain maximum advantage and return on their investment in clustered systems by driving up the utilization of high performance computing infrastructure.

QLogic 7200 Series InfiniBand HCAs are the first to deliver up to 26 million messages per second between computing nodes at low scalable latencies, allowing organizations to gain the maximum performance advantage and the greatest return on their investment. The low-power design of the 7200 Series is environmentally friendly and is the reason why the 7200 Series can deliver the reliability needed to offer an industry-best three-year warranty. The 7200 Series is based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) and have been certified with all major independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) for plug-and-play interoperability.

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance storage networking solutions, which include the controller chips, host adapters and fabric switches that are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel HBAs, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI HBAs and iSCSI routers. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging high performance computing market. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises around the world via its channel partner community. QLogic products are also powering solutions from leading companies such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.

Disclaimer — Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business trends) that are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. The company advises readers that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; revenues may be affected by changes in IT spending levels; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company’s dependence on the storage area network market; potential adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company’s business; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of blade servers; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company’s products; the company’s dependence on a limited number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company’s ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company’s dependence on relationships with certain silicon chip suppliers; the complexity of the company’s products; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; environmental compliance costs; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; reliance on third party technology; the use of “open source” software in our products; changes in our tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of our income tax returns; computer viruses and other tampering with the company’s computer systems; and facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters.

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 CONTACT:  QLogic Corporation           Editor's Contact:           Frank Berry             949/389-6499             frank.berry@qlogic.com           Investor's Contact:           Jeanie Herbert             949/389-6343             jeanie.herbert@qlogic.com 




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