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January 31, 2010

Promise unveils Software ROMB for AMD SP5100 Chipset

Claims to offer RAID functionality on server motherboards

By CBR Staff Writer

Promise Technology has unveiled Software ROMB (RAID on Motherboard) offering for the AMD SP5100 chipset, which it claims to provide motherboard manufacturers using AMD’s newest server chipset the ability to have the RAID functionalities on server motherboards without extra IO processors required.

AMD’s SP5100 is a south bridge for motherboards that integrates I/O, communications, and other features required in a server platform into a single device. It is designed to operate with the AMD SR5600 series north bridge chips..

The company said that the new offering provides an option for implementing a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 10 storage system with up to six ports of the south bridge supported Serial ATA disk drives.

According to Promise Software, the RAID Option ROM Menu provides a way to setup RAID mode and drive assignment. The Web-based RAID Management Utility (WebPAM) provides users installation, configuration and operation.

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In addition, the new offering provides a range of OS support including Windows server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, Home Server, Redhat Linux 4.8/ 5.4 and SUSE Linux 10 SP3/11.

Buddy Broeker, director of embedded computing solutions division at AMD, said: The AMD SP5100 chipset offers stability and tightly integrated feature-sets for AMD Opteron processor-based servers. Incorporating the Promise ROMB solution in conjunction with an AMD server platform can help to further simplify storage system development, reduce costs and speed time to market.

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