Infiniband is to be channel based and is intended to deliver higher IO bandwidths relative to the CPU and memory than are currently available.
Initial speeds will be .5GByte/sec, 2 GByte/Sec and 6GByte/Sec. Control signaling is separate from data and runs at 2.5 GBit/Sec. Infiniband is intended to work on both optical and copper links. It is anticipated that all Infiniband devices will interoperate. Deployment is anticipated in (late) 2001.
http://web.archive.org/web/20000818000055/http://www.infinibandta.org/home.php3 (The 'FAQ' at this address is so awful that it is worth reading for entertainment.)
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