05.17.2007 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Ciprico introduces SAS and SATA II RAID controllers

Ciprico, a provider of data storage technology, has announced its new RAIDCore RC5000 line of SAS and SATA II RAID controllers. The new controllers are the company’s first significant step into the hybrid digital media-IT storage markets.

A successor to Ciprico’s 4000 series, the RC5000 series controllers offer better performance at a lower cost for Windows and Linux servers, workstations, personal computers and other embedded storage appliances employing RAID level protection.

The new controllers provide support for the latest serial attached SCSI (SAS) and serial ATA II (SATA II) specifications, as well as supporting both the traditional PCI-X and newer PCIe bus standards.

Shipping in May will be the eight port versions of the 5000 family, specifically the low-profile PCI-X based RC5110-08 and RC5152-08 boards, along with the RC5210-08 and RC5252-08 PCIe boards. All versions support the new mini-SAS SFF8087 connectors. Later this year, the company plans to ship 12- and 16-port SAS/SATA II boards, RC5252-12 and RC5252-16, based on the recently announced Marvell 6640 SAS/SATA II controller chip.

The new cards have demonstrated laboratory performance of more than 1.1GB/s throughput using only 16 SATA II drives, according to the company. Using the spanning algorithms, it is possible to create virtual arrays of up to 32 drives with any configuration of four, eight, 12 or 16 port boards as with earlier generations, as well as provide mixed drive size support without loss of disk capacity.

For more information, visit www.ciprico.com.

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