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February 28, 2011

PMC-Sierra Expands 6GB/S Ecosystem in the Channel

Offering performance, scalability and reduced operating costs to the users, PMC-Sierra has announced that the company will soon introduce the Adaptec (News - Alert) by PMC family of Series 6 RAID controllers.

The Series 6 family of RAID controllers is tested with more than 300 host systems, enclosures, hard disk drives and solid state disks (SSDs) to ensure compatibility and interoperability. Also, to test new storage and server components for interoperability, PMC-Sierra (News - Alert) uses a two-staged approach. The company tests more than 300 components with all supported controller platforms during validation and product launch.

The Series 6 is the first 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID controller family offering Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection as an option with the optional AFM-600 kit.

“As the 6Gb/s channel ecosystem expands, customers want storage solutions that deliver increased performance without compromising interoperability and compatibility,” said Jared Peters, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra’s Channel Storage Division. “Our Series 6 RAID controllers allow for backwards compatibility, which enables an easy and cost-effective upgrade path for current 3Gb/s customers, who can continue to benefit from our innovative features such as Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection and Intelligent Power Management.”

To rapidly qualify new SSDs in order to keep pace with market requirements, PMC-Sierra’s advanced testing methods include automated processes to rapidly qualify new SSDs. Also, the company’s Interoperability Test Lab (ITL) can test components introduced outside of product launches and add them to the ecosystem. To a host of applications that require high bandwidth, the Series 6 delivers more than 2GB/s sustained data transfer rate.

Recently, the company announced a new range of silicon products that enables OEMs to develop a range of high performance, highly integrated solutions for the growing mobile backhaul market segment. The new Universal Front End 4 (UFE4) silicon products– the UFE412 and UFE448– in combination with PMC-Sierra’s WinPath3 network processors, offer OEMs a highly integrated platform to deliver end-to-end mobile backhaul solutions, from cell-site backhaul through hub sites and aggregation equipment.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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