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Fibre Channel hardware compatibility guide

Learn more about compatibility for cables and cards. Click any image to see a larger version.

Cable Compatibility

The following table summarizes compatibility between Apple Fibre Channel cards, Xserve RAID, Apple copper Fibre Channel cables and third-party optical transceivers. Click any image to see a larger version.

Note: Using 2 gigabit (Gb) optical transceivers reduces communications between 4 Gb devices to 2 gigabits per second (Gb/s). Likewise, communications between a 2 Gb Fibre Channel card or an Xserve RAID with a 4 Gb Fibre Channel card is reduced to 2 Gb/s.

Appearance Apple 2 Gb SFP-SFP cable Apple 2 Gb SFP-HSDDC2 cable Apple 4 Gb SFP-SFP cable
Apple dual-channel
2 Gb Fibre Channel card
(PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express)
Yes Yes Yes
(at 2 Gb/s speeds)
Apple dual-channel/
quad-channel
4 Gb Fibre Channel
PCI Express Card

Do not use
 
Do not use Yes
Xserve RAID Yes Yes Yes
(at 2 Gb/s speeds)
Promise VTrak No No Yes
Third-party
Fibre Channel switches
Check with switch vendor for compatibility

 

Card Compatibility

This table summarizes compatibility between PPC and Intel computers with 2 Gb and 4 Gb cards. Click any image to see a larger version.

Power PC-based 
Macintosh computers
Yes (bootable) Yes (bootable) Yes (bootable) Do not use Do not use
Intel-based 
Macintosh computers
Do not use Do not use Yes (Not bootable) Yes (bootable) Yes (bootable)
Xserve RAID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Promise VTrak Do not use Do not use Do not use Yes Yes
Appearance Apple dual-channel 2 Gb Fibre Channel card (PCI) Apple dual-channel 2 Gb Fibre Channel Card (PCI-X) Apple dual-channel 2 Gb Fibre Channel Card (PCI-Express) Apple dual-channel 4 Gb Fibre Channel card Apple quad-channel 4 Gb Fibre Channel card
Product Number* LSI7202P LSI7202XP LSI7202EP LSI7204EP LSI7404EP
Part Number M8940G/A and /B M9274G/C MA900G/A

MB842G/A
MA462G/A
MB355G/A

MB843G/A
MA465G/A
MB356G/A

Firmware versions 2.00.17 1.02.18 1.02.18 1.03.14, 1.03.20, 1.03.23 1.03.14, 1.03.20, 1.03.23
FCode version (2GB HBA)
1.00.29 1.00.37 1.00.37    
EFI versions (4GB HBA)
      1.05.03, 1.05.05, 1.05.06 1.05.03, 1.05.05, 1.05.06

*How to determine Host Bus Adapters (HBA) Product Number:

Apple Fibre Card product numbers are located on stickers attached to the Fibre card. In addition, the part numbers are displayed in Apple System Profiler's Fibre Channel section.

Additional information

Here is a list of optical transceivers that are compatible with the 2 Gb and 4 Gb Apple Fibre Channel cards:

4 Gb short-haul transceiver (supports up to 500 m with 50/125 m MMF)

  • Finisar FTLF-8524-P2BNL
  • Finisar FTLF-8524-P2BNL-LS

2 Gb short-haul transceiver (supports up to 500 m with 50/125 m MMF)

  • Finisar FTRJ-8519-P1BNL
  • Pico Light PL-XPL-VE-S24-11
  • Pico Light PL-XPL-VC-S23-11
  • JDS Uniphase JSM-21S0AA1
  • JDS Uniphase JSP-21S0AA1
  • JDS Uniphase JDS-42S4AA1

2 Gb long-haul transceiver (supports up to 10 km with 9/125 m SMF)

  • Finisar FTRJ-1319-P1BTL

Note: Certain Fibre Channel switches require that specific optical transceivers be connected to them. In cases like these, the required transceiver should be connected to the switch, while the other end of the optical cable should be connected to a transceiver that is supported by the Apple Fibre Channel Card.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Jan 21, 2010
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