XE501 I/O Controller

Gen 6 (32/16Gb) Fibre Channel I/0 Controller

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The Emulex XE501 storage I/O controller (IOC) by Broadcom provides a fully integrated, flexible, high performance solution to support a broad range of 32Gb Fibre Channel enterprise-class storage systems.

The XE501 is the industry’s first optimized Fibre Channel IOC featuring a PCIe Gen3 x8 system bus that delivers up to dual-port 32Gb FC (GFC), or quad-port 16GFC, providing the ultimate in flexibility for storage system providers. The XE501 provides the performance to simultaneously support target and initiator modes, while also supporting the data integrity and scalability features that enterprise-class storage systems require.

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Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
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Power Supply 0.9V, 1.05V, 1.8V
Package Type 25 mm x 25 mm package size; 572-ball Flip Chip Ball Grid Array (FCBGA); 1mm pitch
Host Bus Type PCIe Gen3 x8
PORT CONFIGURATION 2 Port 32GFC I/O controller, 4 Port 16GFC I/O controller
Industry Standards Additional support is available from OEMs and partners, FC-DA, FC-DA-2, FC-GS-6, FC-LS-2, FC-SP-2, FCP-4, Fibre Channel class 3, Legacy ANSI/IETF standards: FC-PH, PCIe base spec 3.0, PCIe card electromechanical spec 3.0, PHP hot plug-hot swap, SBC-3, SPC-4, SSC-4
Cable Support 100m at 32Gb on 50/125 μm OM4 MMF, 20m at 32Gb on 50/125 μm OM2 MMF, 70m at 32Gb on 50/125 μm OM3 MMF, Operating at 32Gb
Optics Short wave lasers with LC type connector; operates with long wave optics
OS Support Additional support is available from OEMs and partners, Oracle Solaris, SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, VMware vSphere
Optical Data Rates 28.05 Gb/s (32GFC) 14.025 Gb/s (16GFC) ; 8.5 Gb/s (8GFC); 4.25 Gb/s (4GFC) (automatically detected)
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