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A set of standards developed by ANSI. Fibre Channel (FC) is intended to provide a practical and inexpensive means of rapidly "transferring data between workstations, mainframes, supercomputers, desktop computers, storage devices, displays and other peripherals", according to the Fibre Channel Association (FCA). Fibre Channel standards support a number of speeds, including 133 million bits per second (Mbps), 266 Mbps, 530 Mbps, and 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). The transmission media can include coaxial cable, as well as either monomode or multimode fiber. FC's speed of data transmission is due not only to the fundamental nature of the transmission system, but also to the fact that FC is a serial link technology. In other words, FC is a new I/O (input/output) interface over which data is streamed in serial fashion across an established link.
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