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QLogic Establishes NETtrack Developer Center

September 18, 2008

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced it has partnered with industry leaders to establish the QLogic(r) NETtrack(tm) Developer Center, designed by QLogic to enable companies to build HPC “test tracks” for customers and vendors to test drive their applications on the latest processor, networking and storage technologies. Customers and partners can learn more about the QLogic NETtrack Developer Center at http://www.qlogic.com/DeveloperCenter/netTrackDevelopersCenter.aspx.

“Recognizing the challenges faced by end users, QLogic sees the pressing need for solutions that are complete, well supported, and tuned,” said Jie Wu, research manager, technical computing, IDC. “By building an HPC ecosystem with key industry players on board, QLogic is taking a holistic approach to address some of the major issues facing the market such as interoperability and consistency of the technologies, performance optimization of the applications and support services.”

“This is the first InfiniBand development center to combine HPC technologies from this many leading technology partners,” said Joe Kimpler, director of business alliances, QLogic Corp. “We now have the ability to test for interoperability and performance optimization with InfiniBand-based high performance clusters ranging in sizes up to 256 cores.”

“The QLogic NETtrack Developer Center enables us to work with major processor and interconnect vendors to fine tune and maximize our performance across a range of HPC hardware and OS solutions,” said David Vaughn, director, Aerospace and Defense Industry Sector, CD-adapco. “This center provides a truly collaborative environment that fosters the development, testing and deployment of optimal solutions for end-user customers.”

QLogic NETtrack Developer Center

The QLogic NETtrack Developer Center is designed to provide QLogic customers and alliance partners with the “test tracks” and engineering staff to “test drive” interoperability and optimize performance with the latest server, networking and storage technology.

InfiniBand Networking Powered By QLogic

QLogic offers a comprehensive end-to-end product portfolio of HPC solutions which includes multi-protocol fabric directors, edge fabric switches, host channel adapters (HCAs), and a complete set of fabric management tools to install, operate, and maintain InfiniBand fabrics. QLogic InfiniBand HCAs deliver the industry’s highest message rate, lowest MPI latency and highest effective bandwidth so that MPI and TCP applications can go faster and scale higher. QLogic’s comprehensive line of InfiniBand director and edge switches incorporates the industry’s only fabric management tools that enable an administrator to install and boot an InfiniBand fabric in minutes.

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.

More detailed information on these and additional factors which could affect the company’s operating and financial results are described in the company’s Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the business and other risks that the company faces. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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 CONTACT:  QLogic Corporation           Editor's Contact:           Robin Austin             949/389-6865             robin.austin@qlogic.com           Investor's Contact:           Jeanie Herbert             949/389-6343             jeanie.herbert@qlogic.com 




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