Supermicro Offers Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Motherboards
Posted on: 09/27/2005 06:36 PM

Milpitas, CA, September 15, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a leader in storage solutions, and Supermicro Computer, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality motherboard, chassis and server solutions, have joined forces to deliver the industry's first Serial Attached SCSI-enabled motherboards for the white box server market. The availability of these Supermicro motherboards, along with the recent availability of SAS and SATA drives from vendors like Fujitsu, Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital, marks an opportunity for white box server vendors to be among the first-to-market with next generation Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage solutions.

Supermicro's X6DHP-3G2, X6DHR-3G2 and X6DH3-G2 motherboards leverage the high performance Adaptec SAS ASIC as well as the market leading, industry-proven Adaptec HostRAID™ and storage management software. Based on internal testing, the Adaptec AIC-9410 8-Port ASIC delivers the highest Serial Attached SCSI streaming performance in the industry. To simplify storage management and reduce related costs, Adaptec SAS RAID and SATA RAID controllers operate under the same management software, Adaptec Storage Manager™. This management software makes RAID storage configuration and management intuitive and simple, and enables remote management, monitoring, and configuration of RAID arrays through secure, encrypted remote communications.

Supermicro is currently in the process of launching a complete line of SAS-optimized solutions including servers, serverboards, chassis and storage mobile-racks. The X6DHP-3G2 serverboard leverages Adaptec SAS RAID technology to support dual 64-bit Xeon processors running at up to 3.60GHz with 2MB of L3 cache. Optimized for Supermicro's redundant-power 1U systems, the X6DHP-3G2 features 8 DIMM sockets for up to 16GB of ECC DDRII 400 memory and supports 4 internal SAS drives and 4 external links used for JBOD solutions. With onboard RAID 0 and 1 choices, the system provides even better performance and reliability. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, 2 universal PCI-Express x8 or PCI-X slots, as well as a 1U IPMI 2.0 socket for server management with optional 3rd LAN support.

For standard 1U systems, the Super X6DHR-3G2 supports the same features as the aforementioned serverboard with two universal expansion slots to support up to two PCI-Express x8 or two PCI-X-133/100 cards. For 2U, 3U, 4U, and tower systems, the Super X6DH3-G2 shares a similar design except for 8 internal SAS drive support, 2 PCI-Express x8, 3 PCI-X-133/100, and one legacy PCI slot. For standard 1U systems, the Super X6DHR-3G2 supports the same features as the previous serverboards with two universal expansion slots to support up to two PCI-Express x8 or two PCI-X-133/100 cards.

SOURCE: http://www.supermicro.com/newsroom/pressreleases/2005/press091505.cfm


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