PMC-Sierra Targets Next-Generation Storage with 4G Fibre Channel Samples

9/9/2003 - PMC-Sierra(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS) announced the sampling of the industry's first 4.25 Gbit/s Fibre Channel intelligent Port Bypass Controllers and Quad CMOS SERDES devices for next-generation enterprise storage arrays and storage network applications. The PM8377 PBC 4x4G and PM8369 PBC 18x4G intelligent Port Bypass Controllers support 4.25 Gbit/s enterprise-class disk enclosure applications. The new 4.25 Gbit/s devices are pin and software compatible to PMC-Sierra's PM8372 PBC 4x2G and PM8368 PBC 18x2G intelligent Port Bypass Controllers that are shipping in volume today. In addition, to support the recent Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) vote to extend 4.25 Gbit/s Fibre Channel into the SAN Fabric, PMC-Sierra is sampling the PM8386 QuadPHY(R) 4GFC four channel CMOS SERDES for Fibre Channel Fabric Switch and Host-Bus Adapter applications.

"Building on our successful Fibre Channel products offering and industry leading multi-gigabit serial interconnect technology, we are pleased to provide customers with early access to 4G Fibre Channel devices. PMC-Sierra is working closely with key storage equipment OEMs to enable the 4G Fibre Channel market with products that provide a smooth and cost-effective transition from 2G systems design," said Mark Stibitz, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Enterprise Storage Division. "Customers seeking to rapidly adopt the new 4G Fibre Channel standard can use our low power CMOS 4.25 Gbit/s products to design, test and introduce robust next-generation disk array enclosures and storage network switches."

"There has been so much attention on the initiator side with FC that the target side, relatively speaking, has been neglected. With PMC-Sierra's intelligent Port Bypass Controller products for 2G and now its new 4G products, the company gains a first mover advantage in the market," said Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group. "Most OEMs will build high performance storage products with this type of functionality built into their future products and now can get a head start on the 4G development."

Pricing, Availability and Customer Support
Engineering samples and evaluation systems are available today for all three devices. Pricing for 4G Fibre Channel product evaluation systems starts at $3000. Direct pricing for the PM8377 PBC 4x4G and PM8369 PBC 18x4G Bypass Controllers is $40 and $100 respectively for engineering samples. The PBC 18x4G is packaged in a 23x23 mm, 228-pin UBGA and the PBC 4x4G is packaged in a 15x15 mm, 196-pin CABGA. The PM8386 QuadPHY 4GFC is packaged in a 19x19 mm, 289-pin CABGA with direct pricing at $47 for engineering samples. For datasheets, application notes, engineering samples and evaluation systems, contact PMC-Sierra at or visit

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high speed broadband communications and storage semiconductors and MIPS-based(TM) 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

QuadPHY is a registered trademark of PMC-Sierra, Inc. PMC-Sierra, PMCS, PMC, Thinking you can build on are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc.

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