Maxtor, Adaptec Partner On Ultra320 SCSI Solutions

Maxtor(R) Corporation this week announced it is working with Adaptec to deliver full interoperability between Maxtor’s Atlas(TM) 10K III SCSI hard disk drives and Adaptec’s Ultra320 SCSI and RAID controllers.

According to Maxtor, the Atlas 10K III Ultra320 is a 10,000 RPM SCSI drive offering full implementation of the mandatory and optional Ultra320 SCSI interface features as defined in T10/SPI-4 rev 7 draft standard, including adaptive active filtration (AAF). it is offered in 18 GB, 36 GB, and 73 GB capacities. The disk drive has an average seek time of 4.5 ms and 18 GB/platter density.

“Adaptec is pleased to be working with Maxtor on bringing this next- generation SCSI technology to market,” said Lee Caswell, vice president and general manager of Adaptec’s Storage Solutions Group. “Customers will benefit from two leading suppliers working to smooth the transition to Ultra320 technology, which will speed time to market for early adopters.”

“The relationship between Maxtor and Adaptec assures our customers that the two companies are working closely together to offer complete and compatible products,” said John Joseph, vice president of marketing, Server Products Group at Maxtor. “IT managers can rest assured that the reliability and performance promised by the latest Ultra320 technology through faster data transfer rates is achievable through Maxtor’s Atlas 10K III Ultra320 and Adaptec’s Ultra320 controller cards.”

Maxtor’s Atlas 10K III Ultra320 is currently under evaluation and qualification units are slated to be available starting in November 2001. Volume shipments of Atlas 10K III U320 are set to begin early next year.

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