SOURCE: XLoom Communications

November 07, 2005 09:03 ET

XLoom Communications Unveils First Pluggable Optics Solution for High-Performance Computing (HPC) Enterprise Clusters

InfiniFlame 12X™ Optical Transmitter/Receiver Pair Supports 30 Gbps Per Port Over Standard Multi-Mode Fiber; Provides Enterprises With Longer Reaches Between Clusters of up to 200 Meters

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 7, 2005 -- XLoom Communications, Inc, a developer of chip-scale optoelectronic interconnects, today announced the availability of InfiniFlame 12X™, the industry's first front-panel pluggable optical modules for interconnecting InfiniBand clusters.

The InfiniFlame 12X optical transmitter/receiver pair is a 12-channel InfiniBand-ready, optical interconnect solution that supports speeds of up to 30Gbps per port. InfiniFlame features the XFP MSA mechanical interface, an industry-standard form factor. The modules enable high port density, reduced power consumption and heat generation, and improve cost-per-port for the end-customer.

Key features of the InfiniFlame 12X include:

--  Easy-to-use front-panel, hot pluggable optical modules
--  Low power dissipation of 2.5W per transmitter/receiver pair
--  Independent channel management using I(2)C interface
--  A standard MTP/MPO® optical interface
InfiniBand continues to make inroads as a mainstream interconnect for clustered computing as enterprises look to capitalize on its low-cost, high-speed, low-latency capabilities. According to an IDC study, shipments of InfiniBand ports will exceed 1.3 Million in 2006. InfiniFlame 12X optical modules provide enterprises with much needed longer reaches between clusters of up to 200 meters using standard multi-mode fibers, thus offering a long-awaited alternative to bulky copper cables that are practically limited to a reach of 5-10 meters.

"The market need for optics in InfiniBand has become apparent as OEMs implement InfiniBand as a data center interconnect solution for IT clusters and storage solutions," said Avner Badihi, XLoom's CEO. "We look to establish InfiniFlame 12X as the de facto standard for pluggable InfiniBand optical links and estimate a substantial market potential for our InfiniFlame modules in 2007."

Adds Thad Omura, Vice President of Product Marketing for Mellanox Technologies, "XLoom's InfiniFlame support for InfiniBand front-panel, pluggable, 12X optical connections addresses the growing need of InfiniBand Grid Computing customers including greater distance flexibility, ease in cable handling, and a 'populate as you grow' capability."

"We will be announcing InfiniFlame design wins with major switch vendors during first quarter 2006," said David Sachs, XLoom's Vice President for US Sales and Product Marketing. "XLoom's BlueFlame™ technology for wafer-level fabrication of optoelectronic devices drives power, size and cost down, making InfiniFlame a cost-effective interconnect solution for users of high-performance computing applications."


InfiniFlame 12X samples will be available to selected customers during this quarter. General sampling will be available during the first quarter of 2006.

About XLoom Communications

XLoom Communications, Inc. (, an industry innovator of chip-scale optoelectronic interconnects, delivers low-power, high-speed interconnect solutions for data center applications such as Ethernet, Infiniband and backplanes. XLoom's solutions enable the cost-effective alternative to copper interconnects in high-speed data center environments, where the physical limitations of copper are costly and ineffective. XLoom is based in Tel-Aviv and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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