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Adaptec Buys Aristos Logic

RAID specialist agrees to acquire silicon startup and eyes storage OEMs

Controller specialist Adaptec has clinched a deal to acquire RAID chip vendor Aristos Logic for $41 million in an attempt to breathe new life into its OEM business.

[Aristos Logic has] RAID ASICs in a market segment that we don’t participate in today,” Suresh Panikar, Adaptec’s director of worldwide marketing, told Byte & Switch. “It gives us brand new opportunities on the OEM side as well as in-house ASIC capabilities.”

At the moment, Adaptec sells 3-Gbit/s SAS controllers based on Intel technology to the server market, whereas Aristos Logic offers its own 6-Gbit/s silicon to the workstation and storage target market.

Adaptec, which competes with LSI and AMCC, is now looking to expand its controller lineup to SATA and SAS-based storage arrays, according to Panikar.

Aristos Logic has already clinched “several” OEM deals for its 3400 and 3450 controller ASICs, he says, which Adaptec is keen to exploit.

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