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QLogic QLE2670
Single-Port 16Gbps Gen 5 Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Adapter

QLogic QLE2670

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QLogic 2600 Series PCI Express
USA: FREE Ground ShippingQLogic QLE2670 16Gbps Single-Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter, PCIe Gen3 x4, SR LC Multi-Mode Optic
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The 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters 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. Gen 5 Fibre Channel resolves data center complexities by enabling a storage network infrastructure that supports powerful virtualization features, application-aware services, and simplified management. This provides a next generation storage networking infrastructure capable of supporting the most demanding virtualized and cloud-enabled environments while fully leveraging the capabilities of high-performance 16Gb Fibre Channel and SSD storage. These features help reduced cost and complexity while the unmatched 16 Gbps performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in today’s powerful multiprocessor, multicore servers.

The QLogic 2600 Series Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters have the unique capability of transforming from a 16Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter to a 10GbE Converged Network Adapter that supports NIC, FCoE, and iSCSI traffic. Based on QLogic’s I/OFlex technology, the adapter’s flexibility simplifies and reduces cost for customers who want to deploy a Fibre Channel SAN today and migrate to an Ethernet SAN in the future. In addition, support for powerful virtualization features make this adapter ideal for virtualized environments that need excellent I/O performance to service growing numbers of virtual machines (VMs).

  • 16Gbps Fibre Channel per port maximum throughput for high bandwidth storage area network (SAN) traffic
  • Over 1.2 million IOPS reduce latency in high transaction intensive applications and virtualized environments
  • High availability, port isolation architecture for 100% predictable, deterministic & scalable performance
  • Decreased power and cooling costs by using the fewest PCI Express lanes in PCIe Gen3 environments
  • Overlapping protection domains (OPD) to ensure a high level of reliability as data moves to and from the PCI bus and Fibre Channel network
  • Superior port protection with unique “Port-Isolation” architecture for the highest reliability and scalability
  • Two times better than 8Gb Fibre Channel for OLTP & 35% better in data warehousing environments
  • Reliability, availability, and scalability with I/OFlex future-proof design enabling conversion to a 10GbE Converged Network Adapter

Features and Benefits:

Virtualization Optimized

The 2600 Series, powered by QLogic VMflex® technology, supports standards-based virtualization features. Support for N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) enables a single Fibre Channel adapter port to provide multiple virtual ports, increasing network scalability. Virtual fabric technology allows a single Fibre Channel adapter port to participate in multiple virtual fabric domains for improved availability. In addition, line rate 16Gb throughput per physical port delivers unmatched storage performance to maximize the number of virtual machines per physical server.

Superior Performance

Up to 1.2 million I/O transactions per second provides industry-leading application throughput for physical, virtual and cloud environments. Integrated QLogic StarPower™ technology delivers dynamic power management, which ensures that the PCIe® host bus link uses the minimum number of PCIe lanes to meet the required bandwidth. Overlapping protection domains (OPDs) ensure the highest level of reliability as data moves to and from the PCI bus and Fibre Channel network. As a result, 2600 Series Adapters consume less power and fewer CPU cycles while maintaining peak performance.

Integrated Brocade Fabric Features

QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters include advanced capabilities that are enabled when deployed with supported Brocade switches. By implementing these industry-leading solutions together, SAN administrators can take advantage of enhanced features that improve availability, streamline deployment, and increase network performance.

Support for Brocade ClearLink diagnostics, a key Brocade Fabric Vision technology, improves availability and support for high performance fabrics. Using the ClearLink diagnostic port (D_Port), administrators can quickly run a battery of automated diagnostic tests to assess the health of links and fabric components. As a result, fabric deployment time is reduced and tedious, manual troubleshooting methods are eliminated, saving thousands of man-hours in enterprise environments.

Fabric pre-provisioning enables servers to be quickly deployed, replaced, and moved across the SAN. By leveraging Brocade's fabric-assigned port world wide name (FA-WWN) and fabric-based boot LUN discovery (F-BLD) capabilities, the creation of zones, LUNs and other services can be completed before the servers arrive on site—eliminating time consuming, manual tasks that typically delay server deployment.

Network performance can be dramatically improved by implementing the industry standard class-specific control (CS_CTL) based frame prioritization quality of service (QoS), which helps to alleviate network congestion. When connected to Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN fabrics and supported target arrays, traffic is classified as it arrives at the switch, and then processed on the basis of configured priorities. Traffic can be dropped, prioritized for delivery, or subjected to limited delivery options. As a result, mission critical workloads can be assigned a higher priority than less time-sensitive network traffic for optimized performance.

Simplified Management

QLogic's unified management application, QConvergeConsole® (QCC), provides single-pane-of-glass management for QLogic storage and networking adapters (Fibre Channel, converged networking, NIC, and iSCSI). In addition, QLogic supports all major APIs for deployment flexibility and integration with third-party management tools, including the VMware vCenter™.

Qlogic's High Availability Architecture

QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel architecture continues to provide complete port-level isolation across its dual-port ASIC. This architecture, unlike other vendor solutions, provides independent function, transmit/receive buffers, an on-chip CPU, DMA channels, and a firmware image for each port. These features enable complete port-level isolation, prevent errors and firmware crashes from propagating across both ports, and provide predictable and scalable performance across both ports. These benefits are essential for enterprise data centers—assuring five nines availability for mission-critical applications.

Investment Protection

The 2600 Series Adapters are compatible with the same Fibre Channel software driver stack that has been tested and validated across all major hardware platforms, all major hypervisors and OSs, and has been battle-hardened across millions of enterprise installations. The adapters are backward compatible with existing 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel infrastructure, leveraging existing SAN investments.

In addition, the 2600 Series Adapters support QLogic I/OFlex™ technology, which enables the administrator to modify the adapter's "personality" from Fibre Channel to Ethernet. This unique ability allows a 2600 Series adapter to transform from a 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus adapter to an 8300 Series 10GbE Converged Network Adapter that supports NIC, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and iSCSI traffic. This integrated, powerful flexibility simplifies deployment and reduces costs for organizations seeking to deploy a Fibre Channel SAN today and migrate to an Ethernet SAN in the future.

Leadership, Confidence, and Trust

QLogic is the undisputed leader in Fibre Channel adapters, with over 15 years of experience and multiple generations of Fibre Channel products that have been qualified by all major server OEMs in multiple form factors. QLogic owns the most established, proven Fibre Channel stack in the industry with more Fibre Channel ports shipped than any other vendor.

Technical Specifications:

Adapter Model QLE2670 QLE2672
  QLE2670 QLE2672
Physical Specifications
Ports Single-port 16Gbps Gen 5 Fibre Channel Dual-port 16Gbps Gen 5 Fibre Channel
Form Factor Low-profile PCIe card: (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
Custom form factors also available
Low-profile PCIe card: (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
Custom form factors also available
Environment and Equipment Specifications
Airflow Yes Yes
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)
Storage Temperature –20°C to 70°C (–4°F to 158°F)
Humidity Relative 10% to 90% noncondensing
Storage 5% to 95%
Host Specifications
Bus Interface PCI Express Gen3 x4, Gen2 x8 (x8 physical connector)
Host Interrupts INTx and MSI-X
  • PCI Express Base Specification, Rev. 3.0
  • PCI Express Card Electromechanical Specification, Rev. 2.0
  • PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification, Rev. 1.2
Fibre Channel Specifications
Throughput 16Gbps line rate per port (maximum)
  • Support for 2,048 concurrent logins and 2,048 active exchanges
  • Expandable to 16K concurrent logins and 32K active exchanges
Port Virtualization NPIV
  • SCSI-3 Fibre Channel Protocol (SCSI-FCP)
  • Fibre Channel Tape (FC-TAPE) Profile
  • SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol-2 (FCP-2)
  • Second Generation Fibre Channel Generic Services (FC-GS-2)
  • Third Generation Fibre Channel Generic Services (FC-GS-3)
Brocade Fabric Features - The following features require a supported Brocade switch running Fabric OS version 7.3.0a or later.
Performance QoS CS_CTL
Diagnostics ClearLink D_Port
Deployment and Management
  • FA-WWN
  • F-BLD
  • Fibre Channel Ping
  • Fibre Channel Trace Route
  • FDMI Enhancements
Tools and Utilities
Management Tools and Device Utilities QConvergeConsole: a unified management tool (GUI and CLI) for Fibre Channel/FCoE, iSCSI, and networking
Boot Support BIOS, UEFI, FCode
  • SMI-S
Agency Approvals
Safety US
EMI and EMC (Class A) US
Australia/New Zealand

Maximum Cable Distances
Rate Multi-Mode Optic
Cable and Distance (m)
4Gbps 70 150 380 400
8Gbps 21 50 150 190
16Gbps * 35 100 125


Download the QLogic 2600 Series Adapter Datasheet  (PDF).


QLogic Products
QLogic 2600 Series PCI Express
USA: FREE Ground ShippingQLogic QLE2670 16Gbps Single-Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter, PCIe Gen3 x4, SR LC Multi-Mode Optic
List Price: $1,870.00
Our Price: $1,211.00