Vitesse Targets Storage Industry with NexSAS First SAS Products

4/14/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leader in enterprise storage ICs, announced its first products aimed at the rapidly emerging Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Storage market. Analysts and industry insiders alike expect SAS to replace parallel SCSI within the next three years and become the most widely used protocol for enterprise server and large-scale storage applications.

This extensive Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expander offering – NexSAS – is targeted at both enterprise-class server and storage enclosure applications, and is the latest family in the Vitesse storage portfolio to address the needs of systems OEMs with standards-compliant, feature-rich, high-performance solutions.

Designed to meet the needs of the leading companies deploying SAS-based products over the next 12 months, the NexSAS line of expanders provides a scaleable, non-blocking switching architecture. The platform delivers a common IC solution framework applicable to a wide variety of system configurations and applications, maximizing OEM return on both hardware and software investments.

Four innovative products (VSC7149 , VSC7150, VSC7151, and VSC7160) comprise the initial release of SAS ICs from Vitesse – with higher density expanders, mux/demux devices, signal-conditioning components, stand-alone serializers/deserializers/encoders, and discrete enclosure management processors close behind.

Four Distinct SAS Expander Products – One Scaleable Architecture The VSC7150, a 12-port SAS Edge Expander operating at 1.5 and/or 3.0 Gbps forms the foundation of the new product line. By leveraging 15 years of long haul signaling expertise, 7 years of serial data communication R&D, and one of the most widely adopted enterprise enclosure management solutions on the market today, the VSC7150 and its derivatives, lead the industry supporting deployment of native SAS and mixed SAS/SATA applications.

Features of the NexSAS family include:

The VSC7149, a 9-port SAS Edge Expander, and the VSC7151, a 6-port SAS Edge Expander, deliver the same features as the VSC7150, but with reduced port counts. Both are targeted at the entry-level server and workstation applications where power, cost, and space are critical factors in system design.

To provide complete solutions for storage systems architectures, Vitesse also offers the VSC7160 and derivative expander products specifically designed for blade-server, server expansion chassis, and storage enclosure applications where cascadability/multi-expander interconnect is required to achieve large drive densities or specific system performance metrics. The VSC7160 SAS Expander leverages the architecture and technology base from the VSC7150 server-series line, plus adds enclosure-centric features that include high performance, single-cycle lookup table routing, and an integrated SSP engine for in-band SCSI Enclosure Services (SES).

Supporting the entire product offering is a comprehensive, cross-platform suite of enclosure management applications, firmware, and development tools that build on the widely adopted Vitesse enclosure management architecture, providing maximum reuse of applications developed by system OEMs in a forward-compatible environment.

“Offering more features and flexibility than competing expander solutions, the NexSAS family of expanders defines the price/performance benchmark in the enterprise server and storage enclosure arena,” said Bob Cutter, vice president and general manager of the Storage Products Division at Vitesse. “Our continued leadership in design methodology, innovative development, and commitment to re-use ensures that we will continue to exceed customer requirements for complete enterprise storage IC solutions.”

Pricing and Availability
The VSC7149, VSC7150, VSC7151, and VSC7160 are priced at $19.00, $23.00, $17.00, and $24.00, respectively, per unit in volume with alpha partner samples available on May 14, 2004. For complete technical information, evaluation vehicles, models, or to place an order, please contact your Vitesse sales representative.

About the Storage Products Division
For over a decade, 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 is the most robust market offering for enterprise applications. As the world leader in enterprise storage ICs, 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, LSI Logic Storage, Sun Microsystems, and others.

About Vitesse
Vitesse is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative silicon solutions and optical devices used in the networking, communications and storage industries worldwide. Vitesse works to specifically address the requirements of system designers and OEMs by providing high-performance, integrated products that are ideally suited for use in Enterprise, Access, Metro and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at

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