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.

  • 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.

Fibre Channel Speedmap v23 (updated June, 2020)

PDF Version

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — FC
Product Naming Throughput
(Mbytes/s)*
Line Rate
(GBaud)
T11 Spec
Technically
Completed

(Years)‡
Market
Availability

(Years)‡
8GFC 1600 8.5 NRZ 2006 2008
16GFC 3200 14.025 NRZ 2009 2011
32GFC 6400 28.05 NRZ 2013 2016
64GFC 12800 28.9 PAM-4 2017 2020
128GFC 24850 56.1 PAM-4 2021 2024
256GFC TBD TBD 2025 Market Demand
512GFC TBD TBD 2029 Market Demand
1TFC TBD TBD 2033 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., 32GFC backward compatible to 16GFC and 8GFC)

* These numbers are representative of throughput values for the line rate and are payload dependent.
‡ Dates: Future dates estimated

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — Inter-Switch Link
Product Naming Throughput
(Mbytes/s)*
Line Rate
(Gbaud)†
T11 Spec
Technically
Completed

(Years)‡**
Market
Availability

(Year)‡
10GFC 2400 10.52 NRZ 2003 2009
40GFCoE 9600 4X10.3125 NRZ 2010 2013
100GFCoE 24000 4X25.78125 NRZ 2010 2017
128GFC 25600 4X28.05 NRZ 2014 2016
200GFCoE 48000 4X26.5625 PAM-4 2018 2020
256GFC 51200 4X28.9 PAM-4 2018 2020
400GFCoE 96000 8X26.5625 PAM-4 2020 Market Demand
1TFCoE TBD TBD TBD Market Demand

ISLs are usually 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.
*These numbers are representative throughput values for the line rate and are payload dependent.
† Equivalent Line Rate: Rates listed are equivalent data rates for serial stream methodologies.
‡ Dates: Future dates estimated
**FCoE standard completion date is the completion of the Ethernet standard

Fibre Channel Speed Roadmap — FCoE
Product Naming Throughput
(MBytes/s)*
Line Rate
(Gbaud)†
IEEE Standard
Completed

(Year)‡
Market
Availability

(Year)‡
10GFCoE 2400 10.3125 NRZ 2002 2008
25GFCoE 6000 25.78125 NRZ 2016 Market Demand
40GFCoE 9600 4X10.3125 NRZ 2010 2013
50GFCoE 12000 4X25.78125 NRZ 2016 Market Demand
50GFCoE 12000 26.5625 PAM-4 2018 Market Demand
100GFCoE 24000 4X25.78125 PAM-4 2010 2017
200GFCoE 48000 4X26.5625 PAM-4 2018 Market Demand
400GFCoE 96000 8X26.5625 PAM-4 2020 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.
*These numbers are representative throughput values for the line rate and are payload dependent
† Equivalent Line Rate: Rates listed are equivalent data rates for serial stream methodologies.
‡ Dates: Future dates estimated

Roadmap Front

Roadmap Front

Roadmap Back

Roadmap Back