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ICP Vertex to Continues To RAID The Controller World.

RAID controller manufacturer ICP Vortex is now shipping 64-Bit PCI- Wide/Ultra 160 SCSI RAID Controllers with clustering support. These controllers join ICP's RN series, supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 4, 5, and 10. The ICP GDT7523 RN, GDT7543RN, and GDT7563RN models offer two, four, or six Ultra 16O channels and support data transfer rates of 160MB/sec per channel with up to 15 devices attached to each channel on cables up to 12 meters in length.

They feature 64-Bit architecture for data transfer rates, including a 64-Bit PCI interface clocked at 33MHz with burst rates at 264MB/sec, as well as an onboard 64-Bit bus for throughput and an Intel i960RN RISC CPU for I/O operations. In benchmark tests against 64-Bit hardware RAID controllers using the StrongArm processor, the RAID controllers performed 12%-200% faster during reads and writes, respectively, in a RAID environment and 7%-24% faster in a RAID) 5 environment.

Together with ICP's onboard real time multitasking firmware, RAIDYNE, these controllers provide performance and fault tolerance. There is also a hardware XOR engine for RAID 4/5 operations. The company's controllers can run in 32-Bit and 64-Bit PCI slots. The controllers are PCI 2.2 compliant with bus mastering capabilities.
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Date:Aug 1, 2000
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