Marvell QLogic 8300 Series Fibre Channel Controllers

Dual-personality 16Gb fibre channel/10GbE to PCIe converged network controllers

8300 FC Controllers

Marvell® QLogic® 8300 Series Controllers are fourth generation of Converged Network Controllers. They boast industry-leading native Fibre Channel performance—achieving dual-port, line-rate, 16-gigabit Fibre Channel throughput—at extremely low CPU utilization with full hardware offloads. In addition, the controllers support simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN [Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI] traffic at line rate, 10Gbps Ethernet (GbE) speeds. This extreme performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in today’s powerful multiprocessor, multicore servers.

Key Features

Marvell QLogic’s end-to-end data integrity with overlapping protection domain (OPD) and support for T10 DIF makes the 8300 Series controllers ideal for file- and block-based storage controller applications. The ability to support either 16Gb Fibre Channel or 10GbE and multiple protocols simultaneously on the same hardware offers multi-tenancy flexibility, which is ideal for private and public cloud environments.

  • 10GbE per-port maximum throughput for high bandwidth converged storage (SAN) and networking traffic, as well as support for linerate native 16Gb Fibre Channel traffic on both ports
  • Up to 1 million Fibre Channel/FCoE IOPS reduce latency in high transaction intensive applications and virtualized environments
  • Storage and networking single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support for faster performance in virtualized environments
  • Reduced hardware, cabling, and management costs by enabling simultaneous TCP/IP, FCoE, and iSCSI on one controller. The same controller can also support native 16Gb Fibre Channel with full backward compatibility
  • Decreased power and cooling costs by using the fewest PCI Express® lanes in PCIe® Gen3 environments
  • OPD to ensure a high level of reliability as data moves to and from the PCI bus
  • Complete investment protection for legacy 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel infrastructure and 1/10GbE iSCSI storage
  • Port flexibility with support for four 1GbE ports, two 10GbE/16Gb Fibre Channel ports, or two 10GbE ports and two 1GbE ports

Product Comparison Table

Part Number Contents Documentation
EP8324 Ships with minimum order quantity of 144 devices (36 devices per tray x 4 trays), increments in multiples of 36 (1 tray). Datasheet