The LightPulse LPe11000 family is a high performance 4Gb/s PCI Express x4 host bus adapter solution. The LPe11000 balances the advanced bus speeds and efficiency of PCI Express with exceptional 4Gb/s Fibre Channel performance. With unsurpassed robustness, reliability and performance, the LPe11000 provides the optimum I/O connectivity solution for a wide spectrum of server, storage and system area networks (SANs). As the successor to the enduring PCI interface, PCI Express is a new, much - anticipated bus architecture. As a host serial bus, PCI Express eliminates many of the inefficiencies of parallel PCI and PCI-X architectures. With lower pin counts and lower power consumption requirements, PCI Express host bus adapters also reduce system level power requirements. Most importantly though, PCI Express is backward compatible with PCI and PCI-X addressing, which allows all existing applications and Operating Systems to function unchanged. Ideal for large or mixed - OS SAN environments, the LPe11000 HBA family uses the same drivers and management tools as the LP11000 and LP10000/1050 HBAs for PCI, PCI-X, and PCI Express systems. Emulex unique Service Level Interface (SLI) driver architecture, which enables the independence of the operating systems device driver from the underlying HBA platform, will allow OEMs and end users to migrate to this new system architecture seamlessly (without having to change or rewrite driver utilities and other management tools). Emulex firmware - based architecture, which allows for new features and other upgrades without costly changes to the adapter hardware, provides the kind of technical flexibility and investment protection that is critical when working with new and evolving technology. The Emulex LPe11000 family of PCIe HBAs is supported by Emulex centralized HBA management suite, HBAnyware. HBAnyware is a driver - based technology that enables discovery and complete management of HBAs within the SAN, reducing total cost of ownership and planned downtime while enabling sophisticated management capabilities such as remote firmware upgrades from a single console anywhere in a SAN.