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QLogic 2500 Series 8Gb Fibre Channel Adapters Added to Sun Microsystems Storage Portfolio

September 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 15, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VMworld — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that Sun Microsystems is now offering Sun-branded 8Gb Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), based on QLogic(r) technology. Available to customers as Sun StorageTek single and dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters, these innovative products double the performance of previous generation Fibre Channel adapters in Windows, Linux and Solaris OS environments, reduce disk-to-disk replication times, and significantly shorten data backups at low power levels.

“This latest generation of Sun-branded host bus adapters is optimized to provide advanced virtualization features and the highest performance while consuming minimal power,” said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “QLogic is pleased to be able to offer immediate access to improved storage performance.”

“These QLogic Fibre Channel adapters provide investment protection to existing SAN deployments and exceptional reliability. New advanced features such as virtualization and low power consumption allow customers to take advantage of greater performance and cost savings through low power consumption,” said Gautam Chanda, group manager, networking storage business, Sun Microsystems.

QLogic 2500 Series Adapters — Transforming Server Connectivity into Competitive Advantage

The QLogic 2500 Series is a family of 8Gb Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Gen2 adapters that are designed for next generation virtualized data centers with powerful multi-processor, multi-core servers. QLogic 2500 Series adapters are optimized for virtualization, power, RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability), security and management to transform server connectivity into competitive advantage. The 2500 Series provides complete investment protection by maintaining backward compatibility with previous Fibre Channel network and PCIe host bus speeds, and are set apart from all other 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters thanks to two breakthrough innovations under the QLogic Star Power Green Initiative — Dynamic Power Management and Cool HBA technologies. Dynamic power management is the unique ability of the QLogic 2500 to sense the type of PCI Express bus that is present and consume only the amount of power necessary to run at full speed. QLogic Cool HBA technology is the ability of QLogic products like 2500 Fibre Channel adapters to operate without any air flow, unlike competitive products which require fans to be cool.

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure 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 adapters, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI adapters 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, NetApp 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; declines in the market value of the company’s marketable securities; 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 the company’s products; changes in the company’s tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its 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           Editors' Contact:           Frank Berry             949/389-6499             frank.berry@qlogic.com           Investors' Contact:           Jeanie Herbert             949/389-6343             jeanie.herbert@qlogic.com 




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