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QLogic Ships the SANbox 5800V Series, the Industry’s First Stackable 8Gb Fibre Channel Switch; Features the Industry’s First 100Gb Virtual Lanes and First 20Gb Fibre Channel Ports

October 15, 2008

DALLAS, Oct. 15, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Storage Networking World — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced general availability of the QLogic(r) SANbox(r) 5800V Series, the industry’s first stackable 8Gb Fibre Chanel switch. The new switch incorporates several breakthrough technologies that deliver a new class of Fibre Channel SAN with unmatched levels of performance at up to 50 percent lower cost than comparatively-configured competitive offerings. The SANbox 5800V Series is the industry’s only stackable 8Gb Fibre Channel switch solution, providing an architecture that eliminates the cost of building SANs using storage and server switch ports for inter-switch links. The SANbox 5800 Series features the industry’s first 20Gb Fibre Channel ports as an innovative stack-interconnect – each port can handle the inter-switch traffic of up to three 8Gb links running at full speed. The SANbox 5800V Series also features 100Gb Virtual Lanes, a game-changing technology which automatically pools multiple stack-interconnects to form a single 100Gb virtual lane between stackable switches. Available today from Sun Microsystems and authorized QLogic channel partners, SANbox 5800V Series configurations start at eight ports and scale cost-effectively to configurations with 120 ports.

“We are in an era where customers expect some form of virtualization technology to be present in every new product in order to maximize utilization of their infrastructure,” said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, QLogic Network Solutions Group. “With scalability from eight 8Gb Fibre Channel ports to over a hundred ports plus 100Gb stack interconnects, the SANbox 5800V Series is built from the ground up to stand out in highly virtualized environments.”

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           Editors' Contact:           Robin Austin             949/389-6865             robin.austin@qlogic.com           Investors' Contact:           Jeanie Herbert             949/389-6343             jeanie.herbert@qlogic.com 



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