Controller gives SCSI speed to ATA drives

Posted on April 01, 1999


Controller gives SCSI speed to ATA drives

Allowing users and OEMs to maximize the performance of IDE drives, 3ware`s DiskSwitch controller uses switched networking concepts and dedicates channel bandwidth to individual drives. The controller, which is available with four or eight interfaces, aggregates drive performance via packet-switching technology. This approach eliminates the bus-arbitration delays associated with shared-bus architectures.

In the DiskSwitch approach, a dedicated "AccelerATA" data channel is connected to each UltraATA drive. All channels are in turn connected into a packet-switching controller that transmits data to the host via 3ware`s high-speed bus. The four-port version is shipping now, priced at $349 in quantities of 1,000 or more. Eight-port versions are due in the third quarter at prices ranging from $595 to $895 in similar quantities.


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