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LSI Extends Industry’s Broadest Portfolio of 6Gb/s SAS Products for Server and Storage OEMs

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OEM customers sampling new 6Gb/s SAS controller and RAID-on-Chip ICs for interoperability and validation testing; speeding transition to complete 6Gb/s SAS ecosystem

MILPITAS, Calif., September 9, 2008 – LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced sample shipments of its second-generation 6Gb/s SAS controller and RAID-on-Chip (ROC) ICs to major OEM customers. With over ten million SAS ICs shipped, the products extend the industry’s broadest portfolio of SAS solutions, further strengthening the company’s silicon-to-systems leadership in the SAS market.

“Market demand for faster, more sophisticated storage solutions continues to intensify,” said Howard Shoobe, senior manager, Dell storage product management. “Getting ahead of the curve with LSI 6Gb/s devices will help us accelerate delivery of systems to our customers that offer twice the throughput of current 3G SAS products, plus the enhanced security, scalability and reliability features delivered with the next generation of SAS.”

The LSISAS2008 is an 8-port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA controller designed for blade, entry and mid-range servers as well as external storage systems. The LSISAS2108 is an 8-port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA ROC designed for direct-attached storage solutions for entry and mid-range server environments. The products integrate the latest enhancements in SAS and PCI Express® technology and are backward compatible with 1.5 and 3Gb/s SAS technologies. The new products also incorporate enhanced 6Gb/s SAS features such as spread-spectrum clocking for EMI reduction, a standardized zoning scheme to help ensure interoperability between vendors’ products, and Decision Feedback Equalization for a more reliable link at 6Gb/s data rates.

“We’ve entered an era where the small business on the corner may require a terabyte-sized storage system,” said Robin Wagner, senior director of marketing, Storage Components Group, LSI. “The transition to 6Gb/s SAS technologies will move that data faster, more securely and more economically than it could ever be moved before. Our robust SAS portfolio has made us very successful securing OEM design wins as the industry continues on the path toward a complete 6Gb/s SAS ecosystem.”

The new 6Gb/s SAS ICs also can be integrated with the complete suite of internal RAID product offerings from LSI to create a low-cost, high-performance RAID solution for system environments requiring redundancy and high availability, but where full-featured RAID implementations aren’t required. Integrated internal RAID options include RAID levels 0, 1, 1E and 10.

LSI also is currently shipping samples of its 6Gb/s SAS expander IC to OEM customers. Since the inception of SAS, LSI has delivered market-leading products across its portfolio of controller ICs, expanders, host bus and MegaRAID® adapters, RAID-on-motherboard solutions and storage systems.

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