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Hex Port Bypass Circuit Supports 2.125 Gbps Fibre Channel Storage

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Designed with six port-bypass circuits on one chip with two FibreTimer repeater/retimer cells, the VSC7147 is a Hex Port Bypass Circuit (PBC). It is for the SAN storage enclosure OEM who designs computing platforms and peripheral enclosures that use 2.12 Gbps Fibre Channel within their product and want an integrated, full-featured Hex PBC chip. In addition to the PBCs that steer serial Fibre Channel signals to disk drives and bypass faulty ports, each of the chip's dual FibreTimer repeater/retimer cells contains an all-digital clock recovery unit that can be configured as either a repeater or a retimer. The device enables Fibre Channel Disk Arrays, JBODs (Just a Bunch of Disks) and storage subsystem equipment designers to integrate more ports and disk drives. Pricing is $21.81 each/1,000.

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