Asustek, Gigabyte, Supermicro and Tyan Select Adaptec Serial ATA RAID

1/13/2004 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, announced that major motherboard makers Asustek, Gigabyte, Supermicro and Tyan have selected a new Adaptec Serial ATA RAID solution for design into next-generation motherboards. The solution enables workstations and servers that deliver cost-effective data protection, fast connectivity to low cost-per-gigabyte Serial ATA disk drives and a seamless way to migrate to Adaptec's external storage products.

The Adaptec Serial ATA RAID solution provides data protection through Adaptec's HostRAID software, a technology that allows customers to easily scale storage capacity, data protection and system performance to their growing storage needs by providing a smooth migration path to Adaptec's RAID add-in cards and, ultimately, to its direct-attached and networked storage arrays.

"Organizations working to store rapidly growing amounts of information are demanding a simple, cost-effective way to upgrade workstation and server storage," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Adaptec HostRAID allows customers to migrate to Adaptec's full range of RAID cards and external storage solutions with plug-and-play ease."

Adaptec Serial ATA RAID - Cost-Effective Solution for Reference Data Storage
The Serial ATA RAID solution couples Adaptec HostRAID with high-throughput 4- and 8-port Serial ATA ASIC technology from Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. HostRAID provides the same mirroring and striping capabilities embedded in Adaptec's industry-leading Ultra320 SCSI controllers. To simplify storage management and reduce related costs, the solution can be managed under the same management software used for Adaptec's SCSI, Serial ATA and upcoming Serial Attached SCSI solutions.

Systems integrating Asustek, Gigabyte, Supermicro and Tyan motherboards powered by the Adaptec solution will combine these capabilities with the seamless migration path to Adaptec's external storage arrays.

The Adaptec solution enables cost-effective workstation and server storage for email, electronic documents, presentations, CAD/CAM images and other reference data - highly valuable but infrequently accessed information. The volume of reference data worldwide is rapidly growing, driving demand for servers, external storage appliances and networked storage solutions that deliver cost-effective storage capacity, fast data access and robust data protection.

"Marvell is pleased to be working with Adaptec to enable a best-of-class Serial ATA RAID solution that combines two market-leading technologies - Adaptec's data protection and Marvell's Serial ATA silicon," said Balaji Baktha, general manager for Marvell's Embedded and Emerging Products Business Unit. "We look forward to extending our efforts with Adaptec to drive our Serial ATA solutions into broad markets."

The Adaptec Serial ATA RAID solution allows customers to meet their expanding storage needs through:

"Organizations require a cost-effective way to protect and access reference data such as electronic documents, presentations and images generated by word processing, email, CAD/CAM, graphics and other applications," said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. "Adaptec and Marvell have combined high-availability RAID with the fast access and low cost of Serial ATA, allowing Supermicro to develop Serial ATA solutions that meet these needs."

Adaptec End-to-End Storage Solutions
HostRAID is part of a suite of Adaptec end-to-end storage solutions that include ASICs with data protection, software- and microprocessor-based RAID controllers, and external storage appliances for direct-attached and networked storage. Organizations can seamlessly migrate across the full range of solutions to higher levels of data protection, storage capacity and system performance to meet their growing needs. All of the products are managed under a common management tool to simplify storage administration.

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications and storage solutions. The Company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. More information is available at

About Adaptec
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides end-to-end storage solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec provides software and hardware solutions for storage connectivity and data protection, storage networking and networked storage subsystems to leading OEM and distribution channel partners. Adaptec solutions are in use by enterprises, ISPs, medium and small businesses and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&P Small Cap 600 Index member.

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