FPGAs used to simplify design and reduce costs for RAID solutions
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 20, 2011 -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced today that BIOS AP Taiwan, an alliance partner of RAID (redundant array of independent disks) controller and system company BIOS Corp. Japan, has designed Xilinx Spartan®-6 FPGAs its ROMB miniITX ATOM motherboard for leading surveillance server and network attached storage system applications.
The FPGAs are being embedded into a RAID motherboard to enable system integrators to build highly reliable server appliances, such as surveillance video recorders and network attached storage. This particular ROMB appliance supports high sustained throughput and reliable data storage for new digital surveillance video recorders. Spartan-6 FPGAs have enabled designers to simplify the design of hardware and reduce production costs. Additionally, the flexibility of Spartan-6 FPGAs provide a highly programmable configuration and compact design for the RAID technology that can be adapted to incorporate new features without changing the hardware.
"Our partnering company, BIOS Corp. Japan, has a long history of success working with Xilinx for over 10 years now, so it made sense to continue the accomplished relationship," said Dennis Lin, President of BIOS AP. "The Xilinx FPGAs played a key role as we introduce the first single chip RAID 6 ATOM motherboard in the world with dual Gigabit Ethernet and six hard drive interface which will be available in March 2012. We are looking forward to the next generation of Xilinx FPGAs, including the integration of CPU cores. We believe an all-in-one solution will deliver better cost performance in the future."
With Spartan-6 FPGAs, BIOS AP has been able to deliver high-performance RAID in a constrained space on the motherboard. By completely offloading RAID operation from CPUs, the cost effective ROMB can deliver comparable performance to some of the most costly, high-end server boards on the market.
About Xilinx 6 series FPGAs
Since their introduction in February 2009, Xilinx's award-winning 6 series FPGAs, Spartan-6 and Virtex®-6, have been widely adopted by customers worldwide in a broad range of applications and key end markets including: Aerospace and Defense, automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, scientific and wired/wireless communications. To date, Xilinx has sold more than 10,000 Targeted Design Platforms for the 6 series. More than 30, 6 series Targeted Design Platforms and 70 FMC daughter cards are available in production today from Xilinx and members of its global ecosystem (Distribution Channel and Xilinx Alliance Program).
The Virtex-6 family is the high-performance silicon foundation for Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms, built with the right mix of programmability, integrated blocks for digital signal processing, memory, and connectivity support - including high-speed transceiver capabilities - to satisfy the insatiable demand for higher bandwidth and higher performance. Spartan-6 FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive applications requiring high-speed connectivity and low-power operation with serial transceivers, advanced power management, and proven 45-nanometer architecture.
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About BIOS AP
BIOS AP Taiwan, established in 2009, an alliance partner of BIOS Corp. Japan, a professional RAID controller and system company since 1988. Leveraging BIOS's patterned RAID Controller technology, BIOS AP helps cost down the RAID controller and enables ODM customers in designing high performance RAID storage systems.
BIOS AP is an open-minded, technology oriented company that fundamentally believes that its growth path lies in working with value-added partners. We welcome and aggressive look for different kinds of partners to work with. For more information, visit: http://www.biosap.com.tw and/or http://www.bios.co.jp.
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms. For more information, visit: http://www.xilinx.com/.