Concurrent Packs Quad Port Serial Attached Disk Controller on PMC Board

10/27/2005 - Concurrent Technologies announces one of the first PMC based, quad port, serial attached disk-storage adaptors suitable for CompactPCI® or VME platforms. The SC PMC/SA1 is a single size PMC card that provides four independent Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and/or Serial ATA (SATA) ports utilizing the LSI Logic® LSISAS1064 serial drive controller. Serial drive controllers that provide SAS are capable of data transfer rates of up to 3Gbits/s per interface whilst leveraging existing SCSI protocols. The result is a higher-performance interface with reduced software development resulting in reduced system integration time. The SC PMC/SA1 enables SCSI interface solutions beyond the performance and capability offered by Ultra-320 systems to the next-generation Direct Attach Storage (DAS) enterprise servers and high-performance storage networks while retaining device-level backward compatibility. Supporting a range of popular operating systems, the SC PMC/SA1 is suitable for storage applications such as server systems, distributed computing, video-on-demand or image/signal processing.

The SAS physical layer is compatible with SATA and enables the SC PMC/SA1 to support serial link connections for up to four SAS 1.0 or four SATA 1.0a compatible hard disk drives, or a combination of both interfaces. Each link can operate at either 1.5Gbit/s or 3Gbits/s. The SC PMC/SA1 supports all serial attached device protocols such as SSP, SMP, STP, SATA and supports 2, 3 and 4 lane SAS wide port configurations. Up to 122 devices can be addressed when drive expanders are used. In addition support for integrated mirroring and striping RAID options are supported. The LSI controller utilizes the ARM926 RISC processor core that off-loads the host-board-processor by, managing I/O cycles and utilizing LSIís Fusion-MPTTM (Message Passing Technology) architecture.

The SC PMC/SA1 provides access to the four SAS physical interfaces via an SFF 8484 4i multilane connector on the front panel. The PMC PCI interface supports 32/64-bit 33/66MHz PCI busses and is compatible with 3.3V PCI signaling. The SC PMC/SA1 can be used with any board level product featuring a standard PMC host interface, including Concurrent Technologies' CompactPCI or VME based PMC host-board processors.

The SC PMC/SA1 is fitted with 2Mbytes Flash EPROM, pre-programmed with the LSI PC BIOS and on-board configuration utility plus 32Kbytes of NVRAM for configuration data and nonvolatile RAID information. This allows, for example, the SC PMC/SA1 to be configured to boot the operating system via the SAS interface. For ease of integration, many of todayís leading operating systems are supported including Linux®, Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003 and Windows® XP.

About Concurrent Technologies
Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001:2000 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for real-time embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA and UK as well as a worldwide distributor network. In addition to its original Multibus II product line the company has a wide range of high performance, Intel and Motorola processor based VME and CompactPCI products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. Concurrent Technologies is an Affiliate Member of the Intel Communications Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers.

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