PMC-Sierra, Trebia Networks Provide Reference System for IP-Based SAN

5/29/2003 - PMC-Sierra(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS - News) and Trebia Networks announced a complete Gigabit Ethernet to Fibre Channel reference system to accelerate the development of IP storage equipment. The reference system integrates Trebia Networks' SNP-1000® and newly announced SNP-1000L storage network processors with PMC-Sierra's PM8356 QuadPHY® FC and PM8354 QuadPHY® 1G SERDES and RM5200 MIPS-based(TM) processors. The new reference system is a complete sub-system solution that includes reference design, board schematics and layout as well as storage management software to facilitate the rapid deployment of IP storage gateways, fabric and director switches and iSCSI-based storage systems.

"Our collaborative reference design provides storage equipment manufacturers with a high performance, high density and low power IP storage solution coupled with an accelerated time-to-market advantage. In addition to the development of a complete sub-system, PMC-Sierra and Trebia Networks are ensuring interoperability between storage processor, control processor and physical layer interfaces," said Mark Stibitz, vice president and general manager, Enterprise and Storage Division, PMC-Sierra.

Reference System Solution Provides Standards Compliance and Proven Interoperability
Recently ratified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), these industry standards that are now in place allow the convergence Ethernet and Fibre Channel enterprise networks and equipment. IETF, iSCSI and FCIP are gaining significant attention from enterprise IT managers to integrate Storage Area Networks (SANs) and providing long distance storage connectivity for multiple applications including disaster recovery for business continuity, storage consolidation, data migration and remote mirroring. Trebia's storage network processor delivers unprecedented versatility and performance for the iSCSI and FCIP IETF standards while providing the flexibility to support future standards changes or new feature requirements. PMC-Sierra's industry leading multi-Gigabit CMOS SERDES exceed IEEE 802.3 Gigabit Ethernet and ANSI T11.2 Fibre Channel jitter specifications and interface seamlessly to Trebia's SNP-1000 and SNP-1000L products. Interworking four Gigabit Ethernet channels with two ports of 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel, the reference system offers an unprecedented low power solution of 14.2W while operating at full wire speed.

"The combination of our advanced Storage Network Processor which features industry leading I/Os per second (IOPS) processing, and PMC-Sierra's leading edge SERDES, provides an optimal solution for emerging iSCSI and FCIP designs," said Ruediger Stroh, chief executive officer, Trebia Networks. "This alliance clearly demonstrates our combined effort to deliver a complete, standards-based IP Storage Gateway solution with the flexibility customers need to deliver differentiated storage solutions."

Availability and Customer Support
The reference system is now available. A comprehensive support package including schematics, datasheets, software drivers, user manuals, hardware reference designs and device models is also available at and

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high speed broadband communications and storage semiconductors and MIPS-based processors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the S&P 500 Index which consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. For more information, visit

About Trebia Networks
Trebia Networks delivers innovative system-on-silicon solutions that power the next generation of storage network products. Beginning with the SNP-1000® and SNP-500® and SNP-1000L(TM), Trebia's products greatly accelerate FCIP and iSCSI, enabling storage networking OEM's to deliver enterprise-class features for IP Storage applications while reducing cost, complexity and overall time-to-market required by alternative solutions. Incorporated in July 2000, Trebia is based in Acton, in the middle of Massachusetts' high-tech corridor. For more information, visit Trebia Networks on the Internet at

QuadPHY is a registered trademark of PMC-Sierra, Inc. PMC, PMC-Sierra, and Thinking you can build on are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc. Trebia, SANPort, SNP-1000, SNP-1000L and SNP-500 are trademarks of Trebia Networks, Inc.

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