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Ciprico Launches Series, Controllers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ciprico Inc. (NASDAQ: CPCI), a leading provider of intelligent storage software,
solutions and appliances, announced today that it is starting volume
production of its new RAIDCore(TM) RC5000 line of SAS and SATA II
RAID controllers. A successor to Ciprico's earlier 4000 series, the
new controllers promise a new level of performance at a lower
price-point for Windows(TM) and Linux(TM) servers, workstations,
personal computers and other embedded storage appliances employing
RAID level protection. The company is demonstrating the new cards
this week at Gartner's IT Visions conference in Hollywood, Florida.

"The new RC5000 series marks our first significant step into the
enterprise IT and hybrid digital media-IT storage markets," said Steve
Merrifield, president and chief executive officer for Ciprico. "The
RAIDCore software with the RC5000 series of products gives us a
significantly stronger core competence in host RAID software that
complements our existing core hardware RAID business. Given the
substantial processing power now provided by today's multi-core CPUs,
over the next several months and years we see a rapid shift toward
pure software-based RAID implementations inside of servers
accelerated by products such as the new RC5000 family. Software-based
RAID significantly reduces overall system costs and offers improved

The new RC5000 series controllers provide support for the latest
serial attached SCSI (SAS) and serial ATA II (SATA II) specifications,
as well as supporting both the traditional PCI-X(TM) and newer PCI
Express(R) bus standards. Shipping in May will be the 8 port versions
of the 5000 family, specifically the low profile PCI-X based
RC5110-08 and RC5152-08 boards, along with the RC5210-08 and
RC5252-08 PCIe boards. All versions support the new mini-SAS SFF8087
connectors. Mid-year, the company plans to ship higher port count 12
and 16 port SAS/SATA II boards, RC5252-12 and RC5252-16, based on the
recently announced Marvell 6640 SAS/SATA II controller chip. The new
software drivers released with the 5000 series boards will support
Windows(TM) and Linux(TM) operating systems, and are fully compatible
with the earlier 4000 series. The company expects to offer support
for Intel(R) and nVidia(R) based motherboards as part of its next

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