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PMC Delivers Industry’s First 16-port SAS and SATA Storage Controllers for Data Center Servers

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PMC’s I/O Controllers Enable OEMs and ODMs to Provide Customized Server Hardware for Hyperscale Deployments at 2X the Density and up to 40% Less Power

SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 17, 2014 – PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the company is first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller solutions. PMC’s data center I/O products enable OEMs and ODMs to design cost-effective customized server hardware for hyperscale deployments, such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack and Project Scorpio. The devices have the industry’s highest port density, lowest power and are capable of more than 1,000,000 I/Os per second to support the most demanding cloud software applications.

The product line, which includes eight- and 16-port devices, is optimized for density, power and design flexibility to lower both deployment and development costs and speed time to market. All devices are pin compatible, enabling three solutions based on one hardware design. The hardened operating system drivers can be leveraged as is or customized with available Linux open source code to a specific application. The data center I/O controllers, combined with PMC’s SAS expanders, Adaptec by PMC® RAID adapters and HBAs, and Flashtec™ NVMe solutions, provide an end-to-end solution to address the breadth of data center storage requirements, including Big Data, Hadoop, dense SAS and SATA server storage for compute nodes, large scale disk attachment for warm and cold storage, caching to maximize the performance of slower storage media, and RAID for mission-critical data.

“The diversity of customized solutions that hyperscale data centers are deploying and the demanding density, power and cost requirements present significant challenges to our OEM and ODM customers,” said Pete Hazen, vice president of the Data Center & Server Group at PMC. “PMC’s I/O controllers are designed to address these challenges. It’s the only solution that enables a three-in-one design, and our higher port count and lower power give our customers the advantage they need in this competitive market segment.”

The data center I/O product line supports the PCI Express® 3.0 specification and includes the following devices:

The 16-port controllers enable the highest density solutions with a single chip, double the density of other products. An end-to-end solution using the I/O controllers and PMC’s expanders is the lowest power in the industry, up to 40 percent more power efficient than other solutions. PMC’s flexible and configurable single binary Linux host driver and full suite of host drivers enable easy customization so data center architects can tune for specific applications and use cases.

The devices, PM8076 16-port 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller, PM8074 8-port 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller and PM8006 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller will be available in volume production in October 2014. For more information, visit:

About PMC’s Server, Storage System and Flash Solutions
PMC is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for networked and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio of Adaptec by PMC® RAID adapters and HBAs, Tachyon® SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel (FC) protocol controllers, RAID controllers, Flashtec™ PCIe flash controllers and NVRAM drives, and maxSAS™ expander and FC disk interconnect products. Together, these products provide end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage OEMs and ODMs and hyperscale data centers. For more information, visit

About PMC
PMC (Nasdaq:PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC’s highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information, visit Follow PMC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and RSS.



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Kim Mason
Manager, Corporate Communications
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