Adaptec Partners with Leaders to Deliver Serial Attached SCSI Solutions

4/22/2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), the global leader in data storage access solutions, announced an initiative with leading hard disk drive manufacturers Fujitsu, Hitachi, Maxtor and Seagate to deliver the industry's first Serial Attached SCSI solutions and drive market adoption through co-marketing.

The product development initiative will allow OEMs and system integrators to design and test prototype Serial Attached SCSI solutions. The efforts will also ensure compatibility of the Serial Attached SCSI interface with both Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives to give OEMs, resellers and IT organizations unprecedented disk drive flexibility in their storage deployments. Co-marketing activities will include prototype demonstrations, speaking engagements at major trade shows, white papers on implementing Serial Attached SCSI solutions, seminars and webinars.

The Serial Attached SCSI interconnect is designed to meet next-generation computing demands for performance, scalability, flexibility and high-density environments. Adaptec's Serial Attached SCSI chips and controllers will feature the company's leading RAID technology to protect customer data and deliver industry-leading price-performance.

Adaptec is well-positioned to leverage its SCSI and RAID leadership to drive adoption of Serial Attached SCSI as the follow-on to SCSI. According to 2002 tracking data from The NPD Group, Adaptec leads the industry in sales of SCSI RAID controllers through U.S. distribution with 82 percent market share. Adaptec also has SCSI and RAID design wins with every major OEM.

"Adaptec is extending its robust relationships with leading disk drive makers to build market demand for Serial Attached SCSI systems, deliver complete solutions, and speed time-to-market for OEMs and resellers," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Our co-development efforts will bring the reliability, scalability, drive flexibility and form factor advantages of this next-generation SCSI interconnect to enterprise users."

Hard Disk Drive Vendors Support Serial Attached SCSI
"Serial Attached SCSI reduces the footprint of enterprise storage connections to enable dense form factors and smooth the migration to server blades," said Mike Chenery, vice president, advanced products engineering at Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Fujitsu will leverage its serial technology leadership and work with industry leaders such as Adaptec to promote interoperability and drive adoption of Serial Attached SCSI solutions."

"Serial Attached SCSI is a key element of Hitachi's server hard disk drive strategy because it is critical to advancing reliability and performance in demanding enterprise storage environments," said Fumio Kugiya, general manager, Server Business Unit, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Teaming with Adaptec and other storage leaders to develop and promote Serial Attached SCSI solutions is consistent with Hitachi's plans to support open industry standards and deliver next generation storage technology to our customers."

"Maxtor is pleased to be working with Adaptec to ensure compatibility of Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives and offer a new level of price/performance flexibility for end users," said Mike Wingert, Maxtor's executive vice president and general manager, Server Products Group. "Serial ATA drives will meet the needs of customers requiring cost-effective capacity for near-line storage of email archives and other reference data, while Serial Attached SCSI drives will deliver the highest levels of performance and reliability for bandwidth-intensive enterprise environments."

"Seagate is teaming with industry leaders such as Adaptec to speed time-to-market for Serial Attached SCSI solutions for system builders as they work to meet organizations' growing needs for storage throughput, scalability and flexibility," said Gary Gentry, Seagate vice president, Strategic Marketing and Planning. "Serial Attached SCSI leverages the 20-year history of SCSI software to meet these needs."

Serial Attached SCSI - One Interface, Many Solutions
Adaptec's Serial Attached SCSI interface will offer new levels of customer choice by enabling customers to plug either Serial Attached SCSI or Serial ATA drives into one backplane. OEMs and IT managers will have the flexibility to configure drive arrays with either drive technology, or both, enabling the use of both high-performance and low-cost storage in the same server or networked storage subsystem.

Adaptec's Serial Attached SCSI solutions will also feature data transfer rates of 3 gigabits/second with a roadmap to 12 gigabits/second (1,200 megabytes/second) to deliver the highest levels of system performance for bandwidth-intensive applications such as mainline storage, video editing, and streaming video and audio in direct-attached, networked-attached and networked storage environments. The solutions also will enable the use of long, thin cables and small connectors to improve chassis airflow and cooling, simplify cable routing and allow system builders to design smaller form factors.

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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