Maitland, FL--November 19, 1996--Distributed Processing Technology (DPT; Maitland, FL) announced plans to release, in early 1997, entry-level fault-tolerant firmware for RAID on the motherboard.
DPT's new RAID firmware solution for motherboards will support the i960RP and the I20 interface. For increased hardware RAID performance, DPT will also offer an optional Smart I/0 paddle card, interfacing to a standard PCI slot. The Smart I/O paddle card includes DPT's new Domino ASIC, providing hardware XOR for super-charged RAID performance.
Additionally, DPT will offer a second solution--the Smart I/O II paddle card. Smart I/O II will plug into a RAID enhancement connector which will be added behind a PCI slot by motherboard vendors. OEMs may offer this solution as a RAID upgrade to any i960RP-based motherboard. Features include an I20 interface support plus XOR and ECC hardware. DPT's new DOMINO ASIC-based Smart I/O II will offer higher performance than the original Smart I/O solution--by virtue of increased concurrency. With DPT's exclusive motherboard design, OEMs can provide the customer optimal RAID performance.
Also slated for 1997, DPT's SmartRAID V will utilize the i960 architecture. Two levels of performance are planned. The first level of performance utilizes the i960RP CPU, and the second will use a new multiprocessing architecture ready for SCSI-LVDS and FC-AL. These scaleable RAID controllers will be available in one, two, and three channel configurations with up to 256 Mbytes of ECC-protected cache memory.
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