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 dont participate in today, Suresh Panikar, Adaptecs 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.