Vitesse Expands NexSAS Serial Attached SCSI Storage Portfolio

11/18/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leading provider of true enterprise class storage IC solutions, announced a major expansion of its NexSASTM Serial Attached SCSI storage portfolio. A host of new features, typically seen only in Fibre Channel solutions, address changing OEM design needs in the emerging SAS marketplace.

Vitesse’s patented FlexZONETM architecture delivers zoning features to enhance security, availability, and performance of today’s SAS storage enclosures using Vitesse expander technology. By providing hardware-based port segmentation/restrictions and intelligent broadcast management facilities, only Vitesse can offer SAS features that mirror the capability of enterprise storage systems previously only supported by Fibre Channel.

“Through the implementation of these advanced features, Vitesse demonstrates that it is committed to the development of enterprise-level SAS systems,” said Tim Hornback, director of marketing for Vitesse’s Storage Products Division. “Vitesse led the charge in Fibre Channel connectivity offerings and has continued this leadership tradition in SAS by offering our customers the most feature-rich hardware and software solutions on the market today and into the future.

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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