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Dolphin announces PCI Express Expansion Product Line

Dolphin Interconnect Solutions ASA today unveiled and demonstrated the first members of its new PCI Express IO expansion product line at the Linuxworld/Next Generation Data Center Conference. Complementing its recently announced Dolphin Express enterprise cluster solutions, these products are designed to meet the IO scaling requirements of enterprise and high speed embedded applications. Dolphin's expansion products provide new levels of distance scaling, enabling high performance IO to be located up to 300 meters from a host system.

Solves distance limitation of IO expansion, provides fiber-optic support

August 6, 2007 - San Francisco, CA:  Dolphin Interconnect Solutions ASA today unveiled and demonstrated the first members of its new PCI Express IO expansion product line at the Linuxworld/Next Generation Data Center Conference.  Complementing its recently announced Dolphin Express enterprise cluster solutions, these products are designed to meet the IO scaling requirements of enterprise and high speed embedded applications.  Dolphin's expansion products provide new levels of distance scaling, enabling high performance IO to be located up to 300 meters from a host system.

As the industry continues to move to PCI Express as the ubiquitous IO interconnect standard, the need to support or add additional high performance PCI Express devices to servers and systems increases.  Additionally, the highest level of system design flexibility requires the ability to locate IO remotely at significant distance.   Dolphin's expansion products meet these requirements without the distance restrictions of existing expansion solutions.   By supporting fiber optics Dolphin breaks through the 5-10 meter limitations of copper cable solutions, enabling up to 300 meter distances using fiber.

DXH510 Host Adapter and DXE410 PCI Express Expansion Chassis
Dolphin's initial expansion solutions consist of the DXH510 Host Adapter and the DXE410 PCI Express Expansion Chassis.  The Dolphin DXH510 is a high performance host adapter that supports 20 Gbps x8 PCI Express.  Equipped with two 10 Gbps external cable connections, the DXH510 connects a single host to one or two expansion chassis via copper or fiber optic cabling.  The DXH510 is a low profile standard PCI Express form factor card, enabling its use in low cost servers and workstations.  It supports the Linux, Windows XP and Vista operating systems. This low profile PCI Express card installed in the host system provides the high performance connection to downstream PCI Express devices up to 300 meters away.

The Dolphin DXE410 PCI Express Expansion Chassis is unique for its flexibility, ease of use, and scalability.  Used in conjunction with the DXH510,the DXE410 chassis includes eight self-configuring PCI Express slots, which can operate as either x4 or x8 PCI Express.  Applications requiring high bandwidth utilize the x8 PCI Express slots for 20Gbps transfer rates. 

"These new expansion products add IO interconnect capabilities to complement our portfolio of Dolphin Express cluster interconnect solutions and represent the first step in our strategy to provide fully integrated processor-to-processor and processor-to-IO interconnect solutions" said Tim Miller, the CEO of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, "By adding transparent remote IO interconnect support to our existing cluster solutions Dolphin is well positioned to meet all the interconnect requirements of  our demanding enterprise and high performance embedded customers."

Both the DXE410 and the DXH510 will start sampling in September 2007.  Production availability is Q4 2007. 
In addition to demonstrations at Booth #503 at Linuxworld/Next Generation Data Center Conference in San Francisco, CA, 6-9 August, further details about Dolphin's PCI Express Expansion products are available at www.dolphinics.com.

About Dolphin Interconnect Solutions
Dolphin Interconnect Solutions of Oslo, Norway and Marlborough, Massachusetts (USA) provides low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnect products. Dolphin's cluster interconnect chips and cards have the unique advantage of enabling a direct link from a processor to remote memory in a multiprocessor system. Dolphin interconnects provide very low overhead communication, extremely low latencies and high throughput, all vital factors for communication that requires frequent transfer of small data packets and are ideal for clustered enterprise database and web services applications. The Dolphin Express SuperSockets library is fully transparent to applications making the software/hardware integration very easy. Dolphin products are also used in a wide variety of embedded applications and for cost-effective, highly scalable, computer clusters.  Dolphin recently completed the acquisition of StarGen, Inc. the recognized leader in PCI and PCI Express based interconnect solutions.  Dolphin is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with the ticker DOLP.  For more information, please visit www.dolphinics.com.

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