Adaptecís New Ultra320 SCSI Controllers Deliver Industryís Highest Performance with Integrated Data Protection

10/9/2002 - Adaptec, the global leader in data storage access solutions, extended its RAID and SCSI leadership with a new family of Ultra320 SCSI controllers that couple the industry's fastest data transfer rates with robust integrated RAID for data protection.

"Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI controllers deliver the performance needed for bandwidth-hungry applications such as mainline storage, video editing, and streaming video and audio while integrating RAID so IT managers can protect all their workstation and server data," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "With the introduction of these 320 megabyte-per-second products featuring Adaptec's HostRAIDTM integrated RAID, Adaptec now offers a family of embedded, PCI and external RAID products that provide customers with a full range of price/performance data protection options for everything from workstations and entry-level servers to storage area networks (SANs)."

The heart of the four Ultra320 SCSI controllers is a new Adaptec chip that delivers the industry's fastest data transfer rates. In recent performance tests, one of the controllers outpaced its nearest competitor by up to 65 percent, delivering 546 megabytes per second of throughput over two channels.

Adaptec offers the only Ultra320 SCSI controller family to feature RAID striping, mirroring and hot spare support to bolster data protection and maximize system performance and uptime. In addition, only Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI controllers support four hard disk drives and two arrays per channel to provide the most integrated RAID storage capacity.

Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI family consists of the following controllers:

The Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI card family with HostRAID is now shipping.

"RAID Everywhere"
Using two or more disk drives instead of one to enhance disk performance, error recovery, and fault tolerance, RAID technology protects critical data and accelerates information exchange in businesses of every size. Through its "RAID Everywhere" initiative, Adaptec is driving mainstream adoption of RAID data protection in PC-server, high-end PC and external storage markets by making the technology more affordable and easy to use. Adaptec has simplified RAID installation and support with easy-to-use management software tools and 24x7 global customer care. "RAID Everywhere" also includes new RAID product and technology development, compatibility testing with motherboards, operating systems, applications and disk drives, and RAID application education, all designed to help RAID data protection become a part of every server shipped.

About Adaptec
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides highly available storage access solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks, servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member.

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