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The Fibre Channel Roadmap

The Fibre Channel Roadmap 2018-01-22T09:53:04+00:00

The Fibre Channel Roadmap illustrates the physical layer of Fibre Channel.  The roadmap shows the historic speeds and feeds of Fibre Channel and the future speeds up to Terabit Fibre Channel (TFC).  The map also shows how Fibre Channel is used in data centers to create storage area networks.

The Fibre Channel Roadmap consists of:

  • A printed two-sided map that shows the speeds of Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet on the front side and Storage Area Networks on the backside. The printed map that will be given away at various Fibre Channel Industry Association events. Request a hard copy to be mailed to you.
  • The map is available in pdf format that can be printed as a 24”x36” poster at any FedEx/Kinkos.

  • This presentation contains the various graphics from the map that can be used in presentations. The FCIA grants you the right to use these graphics free of charge.

The original tabular form of the roadmap can still be found at: http://fibrechannel.org/fc-roadmaps/.

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Fibre Channel Speedmap v21

PDF Version

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — FC     fc-icon.png
Product Naming Throughput
(MBps)
Line Rate
(GBaud)
T11 Spec
Technically
Completed

(Years)‡
Market
Availability

(Years)‡
1GFC 200 1.0625 1996 1997
2GFC 400 2.125 2000 2001
4GFC 800 4.25 2003 2005
8GFC 1600 8.5 2006 2008
16GFC 3200 14.025 2009 2011
32GFC 6400 28.05 2013 2016
128GFC 25600 4X28.05 2014 2016
64GFC 12800 57.8 2017 2019
256GFC 51200 4X57.8 2017 2019
128GFC 25600 TBD 2020 Market Demand
256GFC 51200 TBD 2023 Market Demand
512GFC 102400 TBD 2026 Market Demand
1TFC 204800 TBD 2029 Market Demand

“FC” used throughout all applications for Fibre Channel infrastructure and devices, including edge
and ISL interconnects. Each speed maintains backward compatibility at least two previous generations
(I.e., 8GFC backward compatible to 4GFC and 2GFC)

* Line Rate: All “…GFC” speeds listed above are single-lane serial stream I/O’s. All “…GFCp” speeds listed above are multi-lane I/Os
‡ Dates: Future dates estimated

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — Inter-Switch Link     fc-icon.png fcoe-icon.png
Product Naming Throughput
(MBps)
Equivalent
Line Rate

(Gbaud)†
T11 Spec
Technically
Completed

(Years)‡
Market
Availability

(Year)
10GFC 2400 10.52 2003 2009
20GFC 4800 21.04 Not Applicable 2008
40GFCoE 9600 41.25 2010 2013
100GFCoE 24000 10X10.3125 2010 Market Demand
100GFCoE 24000 4X25.78125 2015 Market Demand
128GFCp 25600 4X28.05 2014 2016
256GFCp 51200 4X57.8 2017 2019
400GFCoE 96000 8X51.5625 2017 Market Demand
1TFCoE 240000 TBD TBD Market Demand

ISLs are multi-lane interconnects used for non-edge, core connections, and other high speed applications demanding maximum bandwidth.
ISL’s utilize high bit-rates to accommodate the funneling of edge connections. Some ISL solutions are vendor-proprietary.
†   Equivalent Line Rate: Rates listed are equivalent data rates for serial stream methodologies.
‡ Dates: Future dates estimated

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — FCoE fcoe-icon.png
Product Naming Throughput
(MBytes/s)
Line Rate
(Gbaud)**
IEEE Standard Complete
(Year)*
Market
Availability

(Year)*
10GFCoE 2400 10.52 2002 2008
40GFCoE 9600 41.25 2010 2013
100GFCoE 24000 10X10.3125 2010 Market Demand
100GFCoE 24000 4X25.78125 2015 Market Demand
400GFCoE 96000 8X51.5625 2017 Market Demand

Fibre Channel over Ethernet tunnels FC through Ethernet. 10GFCoE was not available until after FC-BB-5, the FCoE protocol standard, was completed in 2007.   For compatibility, all 10GFCoE FCFs and CNAs are expected to use SFP+ devices, allowing the use of all standard and non-standard optical technologies and additionally allowing the use of direct connect cables using the SFP+ electrical interface.  FCoE ports otherwise follow Ethernet standards and compatibility guidelines.

*Dates: Future dates estimated

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Roadmap Back

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