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December 15, 2010

PMC-Sierra launches Adaptec Series 6 RAID controllers

Eight lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection, and delivers up to 2Gbps sustained data transfer rate

By CBR Staff Writer

PMC-Sierra, an Internet infrastructure semiconductor offering provider, has launched Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6 RAID controllers designed to perform in high I/O transaction and high bandwidth processing applications.

Based on PMC-Sierra’s multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, the Adaptec Series 6 family is the 6Gbps Unified Serial RAID controller channel offering with zero-maintenance cache protection which reduces operating costs and minimises environmental impact.

With support for up to 256 SATA/SAS devices using SAS expanders and an eight lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection, the Series 6 delivers high performance, scalability and flexibility.

The Series 6 delivers up to 2GB/s sustained data transfer rate to a host of applications that require high sequential bandwidth.

At peak performance, this offers 4.8GB/s through the SAS 2.0 interfaces and 4GB/s through the PCIe Gen 2 host interface delivering enough bandwidth for high streaming applications, such as editing and broadcasting uncompressed 3D video streams.

With the adoption of zero-maintenance cache protection, the need to replace lithium Ion batteries is eliminated and as a result reduces the hazardous waste disposal previously required in cache-critical computing applications.

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PMC-Sierra’s Channel Storage Division vice president and general manager Jared Peters said they are Series 6 offerings just as the market and ecosystem for 6Gb/s channel storage products has begun to emerge.

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