SOURCE: Adaptec, Inc.

November 14, 2006 08:30 ET

Adaptec Launches a New Family of Entry-Level Serial ATA Controllers for the PCI-Express Interconnect

Adaptec Market Share Leadership in Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI Markets Noted in Latest Leading Industry Analyst Report on Volume Shipments for 2005

MILPITAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today announced the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA -- two HostRAID controllers that support Intel's latest PCIe interconnect and are designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers. With these two new additions, Adaptec is the first company with multi-port PCIe offerings. Recent evaluation of Adaptec market share leadership in serial technology comes from Gartner's latest report on volume shipments for 2005 that noted Adaptec leading the Serial ATA (SATA) market with 38 percent market share and the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) market with 79 percent.

"Adaptec has been able to drive its leadership in serial technology by being the first to market with a broad set of offerings that address a multitude of business requirements. Today's announcement is another example of this leadership as we've seen demand for the PCIe interconnect rising significantly over the last 12 months," said Tim Connolly, vice president of marketing for the Data Protection Solutions Group at Adaptec. "Unique to Adaptec, HostRAID is integrated, software based RAID code that offers a more cost-effective, low profile form factor with optimized performance for entry-level systems. Customers using these new SATA HostRAID controllers for PCIe can take advantage of improved data throughput and higher bandwidth to maximize system performance for applications such as audio/video streaming and gaming."

About the Adaptec Serial ATA 1430 and 1220

With advanced mirroring capabilities, the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA is ideal for small offices/home offices that need to protect the business critical data being stored on desktops such as personal finance information or sales records. The Adaptec Serial ATA 1430SA is a cost-effective solution for companies who want to utilize RAID capabilities such as data striping across multiple drives instead of a single drive to increase the performance and availability of workstations or entry-level servers that are running high-bandwidth applications. Both controllers can be used as a boot device to provide back-up for an operating system running on a print, file or storage server.

Adaptec SATA 1220SA and 1430SA Features:

--  Adaptec HostRAID - integrated RAID software technology that cost-
    effectively provides RAID levels 0, 1 and 10 for protection against data
    loss or corruption;
--  Low-profile form factor enabling companies to utilize these
    controllers in entry-level servers, workstations and desktops;
--  Utilizes the Adaptec Storage Manager, a next-generation storage
    management software that runs on all Adaptec controllers for optimizing
    RAID data volumes, disk utilization, provisioning, diagnostics and storage
    expansion;
--  PCIe x1 or x4 host interface;
--  48 -bit LGA support for large capacity SATA drives exceeding 137 GB
    for expanded storage capabilities;
--  Support for removable media including SATA tape drives that allow
    companies to back-up data for long term storage
--  Extended operating system support through an embedded driver for
    Microsoft Vista
    
Pricing and Availability

The new Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA are currently shipping and available through distribution partners and resellers. Pricing is $75 U.S. MSRP for the 1220SA and $125 U.S. MSRP for the 1430SA. Adaptec currently offers a complete line of SATA solutions including 4- and 8-port RAID controllers for the PCI-X interconnect and 2- and 4-port HostRAID controllers for the PCIe interconnect For more information, please visit www.adaptec.com or call 1-800-442-7274.

About Adaptec

Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organizations, medium and small businesses, and consumers worldwide. More information is available at www.adaptec.com.