Wasabi Supports Intel 80314 Companion Chip with Certified NetBSD

10/21/2003 - Wasabi Systems announced that its Certified version of the NetBSD operating system is the first embedded operating environment to support the Intel® 80314 companion chip, which combined with the i80200 XScaleTM processor comprises the IOP315 chipset.

Additionally, Wasabi announced that its Storage BuilderTM for iSCSI Appliances solution has been ported as part of the 80314 validation process to operate seamlessly on the architecture. With NetBSD support available on the IOP315, Wasabi has extended its StorageBuilder for iSCSI and NAS products to support this architecture, making Wasabi one of the first storage vendors to offer a low cost, higher performance storage appliance running on a non-x86 platform.

The 80314 companion chip provides a rich peripheral set for storage and network applications and is well-suited to the low cost/high performance needs of small enterprise users. With an internal switch fabric, the 80314 supports transactions from any interface to any other interface, and for fast memory transactions, it has a dedicated bus to the SDR/DDR memory controller.

Wasabi CertifiedTM NetBSD support for the 80314 is part of a long-term Wasabi-Intel collaboration. Wasabi Systems has previously collaborated with Intel in a variety of networked storage applications, most recently the development of Wasabi Storage Builder, a modular software development kit for the rapid deployment of iSCSI-enabled SAN devices. Wasabi.s certified version of the NetBSD operating system has also been performance-tested on a range of Intel XScaleTM based IO Processors including both the IOP310 and IOP321.

"The most common topic of discussion during customer engagements for our Storage BuilderTM for iSCSI product has been the need for low-power, high performance and a lower cost of ownership over other architectures,. said Stu Fisher, Director OEM Sales for Wasabi. .The 80314 when combined with an 80200 XScaleTM core processor provides that solution, and we are very pleased to support it."

About Wasabi Systems
Wasabi Systems Inc. provides software components and operating systems support for embedded systems and storage networking OEMs. Founded in January, 2000, Wasabi's investors include Himalaya Capital, Hudson Ventures, Intel Capital, and Newlight Associates.

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