Adaptec Releases Industry’s Fastest Ultra320 SCSI Adapter

6/26/2002 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), the global leader in data storage access solutions, released the world's fastest Ultra320 SCSI controller, an adapter that scales to 546 megabytes per second over two channels and to an industry-leading 1.09 gigabytes per second over two controllers. The Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI controller dovetails with Ultra320 SCSI disk drives from leading drive provider Seagate Technology to deliver the fastest SCSI throughput available. The tandem is ideal for data-intensive applications where performance and ownership costs are paramount.

In sequential read and write performance tests of the Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D with Seagate Cheetah 10K RPM Ultra320 SCSI disk drives, the Adaptec controller doubled data transfer rates from 273 megabytes per second over one channel in a five-drive configuration and to 546 megabytes per second over two channels with 10 drives, more than 60 percent faster than the nearest competitor, to deliver industry-leading throughput.

In power consumption - a measure crucial to low-profile server environments where heat is a key factor - the Adaptec Ultra320 ASIC ran at just over 4 Watts, significantly lower than competitive products and correspondingly cooler. Lower power consumption extends card life to reduce cost of ownership and is important in systems where reliability is crucial. In addition, the thermally efficient design of both the ASIC and the Adaptec 39320D simplify system design.

"The Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D is without equal in combining high performance and low power consumption," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president of the host input/output business line for Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Together with Seagate's Ultra320 disk drives, the controller delivers the system throughput necessary for video editing, streaming video and audio, calculation-intensive applications including finite elemental analysis and geophysical imagery creation, and other bandwidth-hungry environments."

"The continuing growth in the amount of data companies need to manage makes efficient information access, storage, and management essential," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing, and customer service. "Seagate and Adaptec have leveraged a product engineering and development relationship spanning several generations of SCSI to streamline Ultra320 data transfers for high-performance applications and provide unsurpassed performance, interoperability and reliability."

The Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D and AIC-7902, Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI ASIC, are now shipping to major OEM customers. Adaptec is the only company to offer RAID 1 embedded hardware mirroring and RAID 0 and 10 support with Ultra320 SCSI products. Competitive implementations require external memory that can add significant cost to the motherboard.

The Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI solution delivers the industry's broadest operating system support and advanced RAID features previously only available with RAID add-in cards, including support for up to six drives per array plus a hot swappable spare, up to two arrays per SCSI channel, auto-recovery of a failed disk drive, and background data scrubbing to ensure data integrity. The card features the AIC-7902, a 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X interface and support for up to 30 SCSI devices across two Ultra320 SCSI channels. More information on Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI products is available at

The Cheetah 10K.6 is Seagate's sixth-generation 10K RPM high-performance, high-capacity disk drive offered in 147GB, 73GB and 36GB capacities. With the fastest interfaces (Ultra320 and 2Gbit/sec Fibre Channel), the highest reliability and the most mature product design, the Cheetah 10K.6 enables the lowest ownership cost. In data intensive environments, increasing the capacity per disk drive lowers ownership costs by reducing the number of drives that need to be deployed and the related space and power requirements. The Cheetah 10K.6 offers the most capacity in the smallest amount of space at the lowest cost per gigabyte.

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disk drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Seagate's market leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

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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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