Chelsio and AMCC Demonstrate Complete Low-Cost iSCSI Storage Solution at ESC 2007 Conference


SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 2 -- Chelsio Communications, Inc., the leading provider of 10-Gigabit Ethernet and iSCSI acceleration adapters and ASIC solutions, and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) (NASDAQ:AMCC) today announced the two companies are teaming up to demonstrate a complete, low-cost iSCSI storage solution at the Embedded Systems Conference 2007, held this week in San Jose, CA.

The complete, low-cost GbE storage solution from client to storage server is running hardware accelerated RAID 5 on Linux. The storage server includes AMCC's 440SPe "Katmai" evaluation board featuring the PowerPC 440SPe storage processor with high performance hardware RAID computational capabilities.

Mounted on the board is a 2x1 GbE T3 acceleration card from Chelsio acting as the iSCSI target and an LSI Logic SAS IOC card. The Katmai platform is connected to an 8-disk storage array. The 440SPe runs Linux and the MD driver has an ADMA interface that allows it to access the RAID-specific DMA engines of the 440SPe storage processor. A Microsoft Windows laptop computer acts as the iSCSI initiator. Chelsio's iSCSI 3.1 Target software provides a fully featured target functionality. This is a complete system solution for achieving GbE iSCSI storage networking on a low-cost Linux-based platform.

"This end-to-end demonstration includes all the elements of an iSCSI storage solution and shows that such a system is readily achievable based on a low-cost, low-power PowerPC 440SPe platform," said Charlie Ashton, director of software at AMCC. "We are delighted to partner with Chelsio on this reference implementation and look forward to working with them on future programs that provide even higher system-level performance on low-cost platforms. AMCC's S-series PowerPC processors enable customers to develop affordable, power-efficient storage solutions and we are pleased that Chelsio can provide our customers with key elements of their systems."

"Our demonstration with AMCC here at ESC 2007 highlights the possibilities today for delivering low-cost and high performance iSCSI storage capabilities using T3 and Chelsio's commercial grade iSCSI 3.1 storage software, in combination with AMCC's embedded storage processor," said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio. "This same combination also delivers the capability of running unmodified InfiniBand and Fibre Channel applications in an Ethernet converged fabric environment, as well as the ability to easily upgrade to 10GbE functionality using the same software."

About Chelsio Communications

Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking, storage and clustering interconnects with its robust, high-performance and proven unified wire technology. Featuring a highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping 10-Gigabit Ethernet and multi-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards, delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for high-performance computing applications. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.chelsio.com/.

About AMCC

AMCC blends system hardware and software expertise to provide the essential building blocks for the processing, moving and storing of data worldwide. The #1 high-port count Serial ATA RAID controller line, AMCC's 3ware family of SATA RAID storage solutions deliver cost-effective, high-performance, high-capacity storage for enterprises and consumers worldwide in applications such as disk-to-disk backup, near-line storage, network-attached storage (NAS), video, and high-performance computing. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with offices throughout the world. For more information, visit 3ware.com/ or http://www.amcc.com/.

Source: Chelsio Communications, Inc.

CONTACT: Tim Helms of Helms Communications, +1-925-606-6936, timhelms@comcast.net, for Chelsio Communications, Inc.; Tom Price of The Bernard Group, +1-512-327-2195, tprice@bernardgroup.com, for Applied Micro Circuits Corp.

Web site: http://www.chelsio.com/
http://www.amcc.com/
http://3ware.com/

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