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QLogic Buying PathScale

The blade server deal is worth $109 million.
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agreed to acquire PathScale for $109 million in cash.

Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based QLogic said the acquisition is expected to close in early April following the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

"PathScale's InfiniBand technology allows users to deploy large clusters of inexpensive rackmount and blade servers running Linux for high-performance applications," said CEO H.K. Desai. "This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to entering new, high-growth markets that enhance our ability to achieve accelerated growth."

Based on InfiniBand technology, PathScale designs and develops System Area Network fabric interconnects targeted at high-performance clustered system environments. Since InfiniBand became a standard in 2001, there has been a growing base of server OEMs who support InfiniBand as the System Area Network fabric interconnect of the future. PathScale's InfiniPath InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter and OpenIB software provide the highest performance based on well-known metrics that measure latency and bandwidth.

"The synergy created by PathScale's industry leading technology and QLogic's strong market presence and operational excellence will assist us greatly in achieving InfiniBand market leadership," said Scott Metcalf, CEO of PathScale. "We are pleased to be part of the QLogic team and look forward to playing an integral part in QLogic's ongoing success."