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NEC Selects Promise and PMC-Sierra 6Gb/s SAS RAID Solution for Next-Generation Servers

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Promise Technology and PMC-Sierra Partner to Deliver Complete 6Gb/s SAS and PCI Express 2.0 Enabled RAID Solution

MILPITAS, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2009 – Promise Technology Inc., a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions for enterprise and SMB customers, today announced that NEC has selected Promise Technology’s SuperTrak 6G RAID controller cards for its 6Gb/s SAS server platforms. Promise’s SuperTrak line is powered by PMC-Sierra’s PM8011 SRC 8x6G 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, which enables NEC”s next-generation servers to offer the latest in server storage technology. The new servers provide NEC’s customers with a proven, industry-hardened RAID stack and 6Gb/s SAS RAID controller platform featuring superior levels of performance and scalability.

“NEC has a strong history of working closely with Promise to provide leading RAID solutions that continually exceed our customers’ expectations for ease of use, reliability, robustness and performance,” said Tomoyasu Nishimura, Assistant General Manager of Server Division, NEC. “The new Promise-PMC-Sierra 6Gb/s SAS RAID solution provides us with a strong enterprise server-storage platform to address the needs of tomorrow’s datacenter.”

Data center demands for higher computing power, networking bandwidth and support for virtualization applications are driving system requirements for improved host bus interface and RAID performance. The Promise RAID controller card, with 6Gb/s SAS and PCIe 2.0 enabled by PMC-Sierra’s SRC 8x6G, is a key part of how NEC is meeting these demands. “Integrating our SuperTrak RAID controller technology with PMC-Sierra’s SRC RoC provides OEMs and channel customers with performance differentiation they can rely on,” said Chi-Chen Wu, Senior VP and GM of Network Server and Storage Group, Promise Technology. “Promise is excited to continue building on a successful history with NEC to provide leading RAID and server-storage system solutions.”

The Promise RAID solution harnesses the power of PMC-Sierra’s RoCstar™ Contention-Free architecture to provide industry-leading RAID performance levels. PMC-Sierra’s RoC device is SAS-2 compliant, doubling the storage throughput to 6Gb/s and enabling a new level of system reliability, availability and scalability.

“Partnering with Promise on a solution that combines Promise’s RAID technology and RAID adapter product experience with PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s SAS market leadership enables further adoption of our SAS solutions by Tier-1 server OEMs like NEC,” said Zaki Hassan, director of product marketing for PMC-Sierra’s Enterprise Storage Division. “Promise’s well-established channel presence also positions PMC-Sierra’s SRC 8x6G RoC to address a broader segment of the overall server RAID market.”

PMC-Sierra’s PM8011 SRC 8x6G RoC is SAS-2 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant, providing 6Gb/s storage throughput and 5Gb/s host bus interface bandwidth, enabling new levels of system performance, power management, and virtualization capabilities. The SRC 8x6G’s breakthrough RoCstar™ architecture efficiently interconnects all device subsystems, eliminating internal bottlenecks and resource contentions to increase I/O throughput and lower latency. The SRC 8x6G, together with PMC-Sierra’s maxSAS™ Expanders and Multiplexers, provides a complete 6Gb/s server-storage chipset solution. For more information, visit

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of a diversified global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC website at:

About Promise Technology, Inc.
With a long history of innovation, Promise Technology develops and manufactures sophisticated RAID solutions recognized worldwide, ranging from a complete line of RAID controller cards to SAS/SATA RAID subsystems. Catering to enterprise, mid-range and entry-level data protection needs, Promise products are distinguished by their common RAID code, unified management interface and unparalleled support. Known as the originator of SATA/ATA RAID products, Promise’s comprehensive product base includes high available (HA) standalone RAID subsystems with standards-based management interfaces, SAS host-based (internal) RAID controllers, and NAS appliances for SOHO. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Promise has operations throughout Asia and Europe. For more information, visit Promise Technology’s website at About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra®, the premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, offers its customers technical and sales support worldwide through a network of offices in North America, Europe, Israel and Asia. PMC-Sierra provides semiconductor solutions for Enterprise Storage, Wide Area Network Infrastructure, Fiber To The Home, and Laser Printer/SMB NAS markets. The Company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol. For more information, visit


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