Intel Expands Storage Product Line With Cost-Efficient Building Blocks
STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 28, 2002 - Intel Corporation today added new building blocks to its standards-based family of networked-storage products that lower the cost of solutions for accessing, managing and protecting stored data.
The new storage components announced at Storage Networking World include a Serial ATA controller, an iSCSI storage adapter and an ultra-low voltage Intel® Celeron® processor. The Intel Serial ATA Controller 31244 is the industry's first disk controller to offer the price/performance advantages of the Serial ATA II: Extensions to Serial ATA 1.0 (also known as Serial ATA II) storage interconnect standard. The second generation of the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter increases the performance of iSCSI storage applications. The Ultra Low Voltage Intel Celeron processor at 400 MHz can be used in embedded applications, including entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) systems.
"Intel is helping to drive the development of the industry standards-based specifications, such as iSCSI, PCI Express* and Serial ATA, and the storage building blocks based on them," said Jim Johnson, vice president of Intel's Communications Group and general manager of Intel's Platform Networking Group. "The result is a comprehensive line of networked-storage products that enable equipment makers to save development time and money while focusing their efforts on creating innovative products."
Controller Supports Serial ATA II
The Serial ATA Controller 31244 builds on the benefits of Serial ATA with Serial ATA II features for PCI-X-based communications applications, including increased voltage to interoperate with backplanes, technology that facilitates visual monitoring, and planned support for command queuing, which improves performance in multi-user applications for NAS and RAID systems.
The Intel 31244 Controller can transfer data at 1.5-Gbps on each of its four ports. It can be paired with the Intel IOP321 I/O processor for RAID on the motherboard (ROMB) applications and the Intel RAID SRCZCR Controller for cost-efficient modular ROMB applications.
New iSCSI Adapter for Storage Area Networks
The growing trend toward using iSCSI-based storage solutions to access and manage storage-area networks (SANs) can reduce infrastructure costs and expand the reach of those networks, bridging the gap between expensive Fibre Channel SANs and affordable Ethernet LANs. The Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter incorporates Intel XScale™ technology and new performance-enhancing software to offload the host processor of TCP/IP and iSCSI tasks, increasing throughput in SANs. The PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter supports the latest iSCSI draft standard specifications**, adding new features for enterprise applications.
"Intel's approach to iSCSI and networked storage is the right one," said Joel Reich, director of product marketing at Network Appliance Inc. "As a leading unified storage solutions vendor, we're very encouraged by the results our joint iSCSI technology demonstration with Intel, using our FAS960 filer, at Storage Networking World. The demonstration shows that the PRO/1000 T IP Adapter provides the high-performance iSCSI connectivity that could enable deployment of enterprise-class iSCSI SANs."
New Intel Celeron Processor for NAS Applications
The Ultra Low Voltage Intel Celeron processor dissipates only 4.2 Watts at 400 MHz, enabling equipment makers to design cost-efficient, passive-cooling solutions for space-constrained environments. The new Celeron processor can be can be combined with the Intel 815/E chipset to create a cost-efficient foundation for entry-level NAS applications.
Price and Availability
The Intel Serial ATA Controller 31244 and the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter will be available in the first quarter of 2003. The 31244 Controller costs $22 in quantities of 10,000. Pricing of the PRO/1000 T IP Adapter is $695 in single units. The Ultra Low Voltage Celeron processor at 400 MHz is currently available and costs $38 in quantities of 1,000.
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