San Diego, Calif. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has beefed-up its PowerPC processor line with two new versions that offer both RAID 5 and RAID 6 functionality. Both the PowerPC 440SP and 440SPe RAID-enabled processors target host-attached, internal and external storage, storage area networking (SAN), and network attached storage (NAS) system applications.
Whereas RAID 5 provides for the recovery of data lost from a single disc drive failure, RAID 6 provides an added level of fault tolerance allowing for full data recovery in the event of two failed disc drives. Broader adoption of RAID technology, including the deployment of higher capacity RAID systems and RAID systems based on lower cost SATA drives, have driven demand for the higher level of data protection offered by RAID 6 technology, according to AMCC.
Based on the PowerPC 440 superscalar core, the 440SPe is the first processor to offer three independent PCI Express interfaces and one PCI-X interface, meeting the high bandwidth demands for RAID controllers and SAN equipment. The PowerPC 440SP integrates a rich combination of features including three PCI-X interfaces. Both processors feature a high bandwidth crossbar-based internal bus, an on-chip double data rate (DDR I/DDR II) SDRAM controller, I2O messaging unit, and other peripherals.
"Integration, flexibility and efficiency options are key advantages we can offer customers with this new RAID hardware support. By providing the versatility of either RAID 5 or RAID 6 in the PowerPC 440SP and 440SPe processors, we have created cost-effective solutions customized to meet users' needs, backed by our experience and an industry-leading architecture," said Sam Fuller, vice president of marketing at AMCC.
The highly integrated RAID 6 hardware accelerates the parity generation algorithms and is compatible with the leading RAID 6 deployments in the industry.
Samples are available now for AMCC's PowerPC 440SP and will be available in 1Q 2006 for AMCC's PowerPC 440SPe. Both products will be available in standard and lead-free RoHS compliant packaging. Resale distribution pricing for the 533 MHz version and the 667 MHz version of the 440SP is $118.48 and $139.80 respectively. Pricing for the 533 MHz version and the 667 MHz version of the 440SPe is $135.75 and $158.21 respectively. All pricing are for quantities of 10,000 units.
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. 800-935-2622