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SCSI Trade Association Holds Eighth SAS Plugfest June 16-19

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Recent SAS Plugfest Featured Large-System Build with 3Gb/s SAS

San Francisco, July 28, 2008 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the eighth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held June 16-19, 2008, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The plugfest was attended by both STA member and non-member companies. See below for a list of the twenty attending STA members.

Tests made available to attendees included:

  • A large-system build with 3Gb/s SAS products
  • 6Gb/s SAS PHY testing
  • Mixed SAS and SATA environments
  • Legacy compatibility testing

“Since our last plugfest in June, 2007, new companies, new products and product refinements have entered the market, including a few early 6Gb/s SAS next-generation prototypes,” said Harry Mason President of SCSI Trade Association and Director of Industry Marketing for LSI. “The plugfest is a good industry vehicle for putting SAS and even SATA products through their paces and building confidence in products that are often deployed in a wide variety of systems.”

Mike Fitzpatrick, Senior Research Executive, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, and Chairperson of the SAS Plugfest Technical Committee, stated, “The first plugfest in almost a year included several next-generation SAS prototypes along with current-generation 3Gb/s SAS products. The large-system build was a critical test of 3Gb/s SAS functionality and interoperability. It allowed new products, and products that have been revised, to be tested in environments with other products from component suppliers. Second generation 6Gb/s SAS devices underwent significant physical layer testing, which goes a long way in establishing baseline interoperability and prepares the industry for the upcoming 6Gb/s SAS plugfest later this year.

Backward compatibility is key to the SAS user’s ability to easily mix and match SAS and SATA generations including 1.5Gb/s and 3Gb/s SATA and to minimize storage costs.

The next SAS plugfest has been scheduled for the week of Nov. 10, 2008, and will be the industry’s first official 6Gb/s SAS plugfest. In addition to expanding 6Gb/s physical layer testing, products will be paired and tested for baseline interoperability, and if successful, will be included in a large-system build with other 6Gb/s SAS controllers, expanders, and storage devices. Legacy compatibility will also be tested.

STA Member Companies Attending the June 16-19 Plugfest
Fujitsu CPA
Hitachi GST
Marvell Semiconductor
PMC – Sierra
Tyco Electronics
Western Digital

About STA
The SCSI Trade Association was established in 1995 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the industry. STA promotes the understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and influences the evolution of SAS standards to meet future storage industry needs. The Association has a nine-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications and Technology Committees and all STA activities. To subscribe to Serial Storage Wire, STA’s free Serial Attached SCSI newsletter, please visit: For more information, please visit the STA web site at, send an email to or call the STA office at 415-561-6273.

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Press Contacts
SCSI Trade Association
Lea Schwartz
Point Public Relations
(970) 225-3753
UNH-IOL Contacts
Chris Volpe
UNH-IOL Public Relations Manager
(603) 862-4349
David Woolf
SAS Test Engineer
(603) 862-4349