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PMC-Sierra Extends Market Leadership with 6Gb/s SAS Chipset for Enterprise Storage Systems

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PMC-Sierra’s maxSAS™ 6Gb/s SAS Chipset Increases System Performance, Scalability, Manageability and Security while Lowering Total Cost of Ownership

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 31, 2009 – PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced volume production of its maxSAS™ end-to-end chipset for 6Gb/s SAS enterprise storage systems (see Figure 1). PMC-Sierra’s complete 6Gb/s SAS chipset, which includes the Tachyon® SPC 8x6G SAS protocol controller, SXP 36x6GSec 36-port and SXP 24x6GSec 24-port SAS Expanders, and system management firmware, is shipping in volume to multiple leading storage and server OEMs.

“Market momentum for 6Gb/s SAS storage and server solutions is ramping on time as semiconductor providers execute to the 6Gb/s SAS roadmap,” said Shane Rau, research director, Computing and Storage Semiconductors, IDC. “Having the tested and qualified SAS chipsets in place is critical if OEMs are to build the solutions that meet the end-market demand for increased performance, improved manageability, and lower datacenter cost. The benefits of 6Gb/s SAS equipment, including improved power-performance profile, enhanced manageability and scalability, and lower total cost of ownership, are very compelling for IT managers as they look to increase the performance and value of their storage infrastructure.”

As the first company to sample 6Gb/s SAS solutions, PMC-Sierra worked with OEM customers, industry standards organizations, and ecosystem partners to complete the qualification and interoperability test process necessary to ensure robust, enterprise-class system design and deployment of 6Gb/s SAS technology. In January 2009, PMC-Sierra announced the production release of its 6Gb/s SAS SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip controller, which is shipping with HP’s new G6 line of ProLiant Servers. PMC-Sierra has also announced chipset interoperability with leading 6Gb/s SAS disk-drive vendors including Seagate and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

“PMC-Sierra has shipped more than six million 6Gb/s SAS ports for both Enterprise servers and storage systems since beginning volume production earlier this year, and we continue to see increasing market adoption of our SAS-2 product portfolio,” said Mark Stibitz, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra’s Enterprise Storage Division. “All of the top six external storage systems OEMs and two of the top three server OEMs have selected PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s maxSAS solutions.”

Complete 6Gb/s SAS Chipset Solution
The PM8001 Tachyon® SPC 8x6G protocol controller is SAS-2 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant, enabling robust, high-performance, and scalable storage system designs. The device leverages PMC-Sierra’s market-leading Tachyon protocol controller technology, preserving storage OEMs’ software and hardware investments. The SPC 8x6G device supports both native SAS and SATA protocols as well as STP (SATA Tunneling Protocol), which allows support of SATA devices directly attached to the SAS fabric.

The PM8004 SXP 24x6GSec and PM8005 SXP 36x6GSec, 24- and 36-port 6Gb/s SAS expanders, are fourth generation devices in PMC-Sierra’s expander switch product line. These highly integrated devices include advanced diagnostic and system fault isolation capabilities to improve system manageability and lower total cost of ownership. An advanced, integrated enclosure management application framework enables the flexibility and functionality required for next-generation storage solutions. Combined with the Tachyon SPC 8x6G protocol controller or SRC 8x6G RoC, these devices enable an end-to-end 6Gb/s solution, greatly enhancing system performance.

Comprehensive Embedded Software Support

PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s SAS chipset includes the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible Software Development Kit solutions, designed to accelerate time to market, reduce engineering costs and allow maximum flexibility of implementation. The SAS Tachyon Software Development Kit (sTSDK), used with the SPC 8x6G protocol controller, enables OEMs to leverage their software investment from existing Tachyon-based Fibre Channel solutions and an easy migration path to future PMC-Sierra controller products, while providing the flexibility and functionality required to enable the advanced error recovery and manageability features offered by PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s SAS chipset. The maxSAS Enclosure Management SDK provides a highly extensible and versatile platform that scales effectively from basic to the most complex SAS expander applications. These SDK solutions allow OEMs to efficiently and seamlessly integrate multiple components of PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s chipset as part of a highly manageable enterprise-class system solution.

Industry Leader in 6Gb/s Signal Integrity
PMC-Sierra’s best in class high-speed signal integrity performance enables robust operation in the most challenging system cabling and backplane environments without the need for external buffers or signal redrivers. Configurable output driver control and intelligent decision feedback equalizer technology available in PMC-Sierra’s maxSAS products enable increased system reliability and decreased cost versus competing solutions.

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PMC-Sierra maxSAS Product Family

Products Features
PM8004 SXP
24 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Secure Zoning and Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8005 SXP
36 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Secure Zoning and Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8398 SXP
36 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Secure Zoning and Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8399 SXP
24 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Secure Zoning and Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8387 SXP
36 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8388 SXP
24 port 3Gb/s SAS Expander with Integrated Enclosure Management
PM8303 SPS
Small Form Factor 3-port SATA Active/Active MUX with Native Command Queuing
PM8305 SPS
4 port 1.5 and 3 Gb/s SATA/SAS Active/Active Mux with Native Command Queuing
PM8307 SPS
3-port SATA Active/Active MUX with Native Command Queuing
PM8380 QuadSMX
Quad Channel 1.5/3G SAS/SATA 2:1 multiplexer and backplane repeater

PMC-Sierra Tachyon PCI-Express Controller Product Family

Products Features
SPC 8x6G
Octal port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Controller with PCI-Express 2.0 Interface
Quad Channel 8Gb/s Fibre Channel Controllers with PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Interface
Quad Channel 8Gb/s Fibre Channel Controllers with PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Interface with Encryption
Quad Channel 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel Controllers with PCI-Express x8 Interface with multi-DMA and Multi-CPU support

PMC-Sierra 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Controller Family

Products Features
SRC 8x6G
Octal port 6 Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Controller with PCI-Express 2.0 Interface

About PMC-Sierra’s Storage Products
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for networked (SAN/NAS) and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel protocol controllers, RAID controllers and SAS and FC disk interconnect products. PMC-Sierra’s Tachyon protocol controllers, Fibre Channel loop switches, enclosure management controllers and maxSAS™ expander switches and multiplexers provide the industry’s most comprehensive solution for enterprise-class storage systems. Together, these products are providing end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage OEMs and ODMs. For more information, visit

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

Figure 1: PMC-Sierra 6Gb/s SAS Storage Chipset: SAN Application Example

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PMC-Sierra Contact:
Susan Shaw
Tel: +1 408.988.8515