Vitesse Conducts SAS Interoperability Test, Demonstrates NexSAS

11/1/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leader in enterprise storage ICs, announced its participation in the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Serial Attached SCSI Plugfest at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory, November 1-5, 2004. Supporting the industry's need for multi-vendor interoperability within a SAS infrastructure, Vitesse will conduct interoperability tests and demonstrations with its NexSASTM product family, the broadest line of expander products available today. Specifically, Vitesse will test the VSC7150 and VSC7160, 12-port server-series expanders, as well as its high-density VSC7153 and VSC7154 enclosure series expanders.

"With two plugfests successfully completed, we are looking forward to the third event where many companies will be preparing their production-ready designs for testing," said Marty Czekalski, vice president of the STA Board of Directors and interface architecture initiatives manager at Maxtor Corporation. "These plugfests play a vital role in developing robust and interoperable products and solutions that will enable SAS to gain wide industry adoption."

"Vitesse is committed to delivering Systems OEMs high-performing, standards-compliant, feature-rich solutions for storage systems - without technology bias today," said Sam Barnett, product line manager for Serial Attached SCSI products at Vitesse. "This interoperability event marks the next step for broad acceptance of both SAS and SATA as the evolutionary replacements for parallel-interface technology in enterprise storage solutions."

Through an innovative combination of high-speed serial link technology, exceptional I/O, and a robust enclosure management offering, all products in the NexSASTM family deliver significant cost and performance advantages to OEMs.

About the Storage Products Division
For over two decades, the Storage Products Division at Vitesse has delivered state-of-the-art IC solutions for enterprise storage and storage networking applications. With emphasis on the development of advanced disk array intelligence, high-performance interconnect, and enclosure management devices for Fibre Channel, Serial Attached SCSI, and Serial ATA, the Vitesse portfolio stands second to none for enterprise applications. Vitesse components are used in a wide array of products from industry leading OEMs including Adaptec, Brocade, Dell Computer, EMC, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Engenio Information Technologies, Sun Microsystems, and others.

About Vitesse
Vitesse designs, develops, and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, cost-competitive semiconductor solutions for communications and storage networks worldwide. Engineering excellence and dedicated customer service distinguish Vitesse as an industry leader in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Ethernet-over-SONET, Advanced Switching, Fibre Channel, Serial Attached SCSI, Optical Transport, and other applications. Vitesse innovation empowers customers to deliver superior products for Enterprise, Access, Metro, and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at

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