Adaptecís Ultra320 SCSI and RAID Solutions Powers Hitachi Servers

3/28/2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), the global leader in data storage access solutions, announced the selection of its leading Ultra320 SCSI solutions - the industry's fastest - for a new line of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501) workgroup and midrange servers designed to maximize performance and data protection for mainline storage and other data-intensive applications.

"Customers turn to Hitachi for server products that deliver the performance and reliability to support their mission-critical applications and data storage," said Mr. Masahiro Kitano, general manager, Server Development Operation of the Internet Platform Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd. "Adaptec's Ultra320 solutions deliver best-of-class performance and data protection, powering Hitachi's server line to maximize application performance and system uptime and enhance return on investment for our customers."

Hitachi selected the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2015S and 2010S zero channel Ultra320 RAID controllers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2200S dual-channel Ultra320 RAID card and Adaptec's Ultra320 chip for Hitachi's pedestal HA8000/70W workgroup server, 1U rackmount HA8000/110W and 3U HA8000/130W workgroup servers and its midrange HA8000/270 server. The HA8000 servers are geared toward midsize and large companies requiring high data availability and optimum price/performance. The low profiles of Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI RAID cards simplify design of rackmount systems.

"As globalization continues, more organizations are doing business 24 hours a day to serve customers around the world, a trend that is driving demand for maximum system performance and uptime," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "To support these business-critical communications, Adaptec's Ultra320 solutions combine data protection to optimize uptime with the performance needed for bandwidth-hungry applications such as e-commerce, mainline storage, streaming video and video editing."

Adaptec's Innovative Zero Channel RAID Solutions
Adaptec's Ultra320 zero channel RAID cards feature Adaptec's EMRL (Embedded RAID Logic) technology and other advanced logic that allow the controllers to leverage Adaptec SCSI channels on the motherboard, eliminating the need for channels on the cards themselves to reduce size and cost. The cards combine the cost advantage of motherboard-based RAID with the flexibility of an add-on card. Their small form factor designs and power-efficient microprocessors are ideal for high-density servers.

Adaptec Leads the Industry With Ultra320
Adaptec's Ultra320 solutions set the benchmark for SCSI performance, with data transfer rates of 273 megabytes per second over one channel and 546 megabytes per second over two channels. Adaptec's Ultra 320 is as much as 60 percent faster than the nearest competitor in backup and replication applications and server and workstation environments. In input/output operations per second, a key measure of online transaction processing (OLTP) performance, Adaptec Ultra320 also is the industry's fastest, delivering 105,000 input/output operations per second.

About Hitachi
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2001 (ended March 31, 2001) consolidated sales of 7,994 billion yen ($60.1 billion). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at

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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