RAID Controllers offer zero-maintenance cache protection.

Press Release Summary:

Based on multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip controller, 6 Gbps Adaptec by PMC Series 6 Controllers offer support for up to 256 SATA/SAS devices using SAS expanders and 8-lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection. Units deliver up to 2 GBps sustained data transfer rate. At peak performance, solutions offer 4.8 GBps through SAS 2.0 interface and 4 GBps through PCIe Gen 2 host interface, delivering enough bandwidth for high streaming applications, such as editing and broadcasting.

Original Press Release:

Adaptec by PMC Series 6 Controllers Deliver Superior Bandwidth and Reliability with SAS 2.0 and PCI Express(R) Technology

BEIJING, -- PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS), the premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, today announced the Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6 RAID controllers designed to excel in high I/O transaction and high bandwidth processing applications. Based on PMC-Sierra's market-leading, multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, the Adaptec Series 6 family is the industry's first 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID controller channel solution with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection which reduces operating costs and minimizes environmental impact.

"Since the acquisition of the Adaptec channel storage business in June, we have been focused on leveraging PMC-Sierra's SRC RoC technology to bring a 6Gb/s SAS controller to the channel," said Jared Peters, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Channel Storage Division. "We're launching our Series 6 solutions just as the market and ecosystem for 6Gb/s channel storage products has begun to emerge. With our industry-proven SRC RoC as the core, our feature-rich Series 6 family of storage controllers goes beyond RAID with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection and intelligent power management for maximum reliability, lower power consumption and reduced costs."

With support for up to 256 SATA/SAS devices using SAS expanders and an eight lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection, the Series 6 delivers high performance, scalability and flexibility. While the Series 5 family provides robustness and compatibility with today's market standard of 3Gb/s performance, the enhanced bandwidth of the Series 6 with SAS 2.0 interfaces and the PCIe Gen 2 host connection offers a 60 percent higher sustained sequential throughput than previous generations of Adaptec controllers.

The Series 6 delivers up to 2GB/s sustained data transfer rate to a host of applications that require high sequential bandwidth. At peak performance, this solution offers 4.8GB/s through the SAS 2.0 interfaces and 4GB/s through the PCIe Gen 2 host interface delivering enough bandwidth for high streaming applications, such as editing and broadcasting uncompressed 3D video streams.
Using this solution, a 14TB array used as a virtual tape library can be filled in less than two hours compared to previous generation interfaces that take more than three hours.

"Today's storage infrastructures require technologies that provide the highest levels of performance with robust functionality, efficient power and cooling and environmental characteristics," said Roger Cox, Research Vice President, Data Center Systems, Gartner. "Storage products with these capabilities help system integrators and others to further differentiate their storage solution offerings."

With the significant adoption of Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection the need to replace Lithium Ion batteries is eliminated and as a result reduces the hazardous waste disposal previously required in cache-critical computing applications. This product family also features advanced intelligent power management, which reduces storage power and cooling costs by up to 70 percent.

Series 6 RAID controllers feature:

-- Superior bandwidth with 6Gb/s SAS 2.0 interfaces and PCIe Gen 2 host connection

-- Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (option)

-- Hardware RAID levels 0,1,1E,5,5EE,6,10,50,60

-- Hybrid RAID 1,10 support for arrays of Solid State Drives (SSD) and Hard Disk Drives (HDD) for maximum performance

-- Intelligent power management

-- Centralized storage management with Adaptec Storage Manager(TM)

-- Broad range of operating systems supported

Availability and Pricing

Series 6 RAID controllers are sampling now to select customers. Available in singles and kits, the suggested retail pricing for the Adaptec RAID 6405, Adaptec RAID 6445 and Adaptec RAID 6805 ranges from US$395 to US$630. For more information on Adaptec by PMC's storage products, visit

About Adaptec by PMC

Adaptec by PMC storage products protect, accelerate, optimize and condition data. The company's software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organizations, medium and small businesses worldwide. For more information, visit

About PMC-Sierra

PMC-Sierra(R), the premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, offers its customers technical and sales support worldwide through a network of offices in North America, Europe, Israel and Asia. PMC-Sierra provides semiconductor solutions for Enterprise and Channel Storage, Wide Area Network Infrastructure, Fiber To The Home, and Laser Printer/Enterprise market segments. The Company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol. For more information, visit

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