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AMI Elite 1600 SCSI RAID Review

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Manufacturer: AMI
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AMI and the Elite 1600

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About AMI


Founded in 1985, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has dedicated its resources to providing OEMs, resellers and systems integrators with leading edge computer technologies. This privately held company, best known for its Basic Input/Output Systems or BIOS, also supplies its state-of-the-art hardware, software, utilities and RAID controllers to over 55 percent of today’s high-tech manufacturers. Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S. and throughout the world including London, Madras, Munich, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo to better serve our customers.


American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), the leader in storage and computing innovations worldwide, provides core technologies to the PC industry with unsurpassed compatibility and quality. AMI designs and manufactures the essential hardware and software solutions necessary to build today’s state-of-the-art computing systems. AMI’s philosophy revolves around designing cutting-edge computer technology solutions with an unmatched assurance of quality. AMI’s mission is to develop advanced technology for the best computing solutions in the world and is committed to developing information solutions that continually surpass the strictest data availability and performance requirements. Headquartered in Atlanta, and with offices around the world, AMI offers unmatched service and support. With over 800 employees, of which more than 60 percent contribute in an engineering capacity and provide customers with unrivaled hardware and software design services, AMI is uniquely qualified to extend its customers a high level of product customization and technical support services.


AMI Elite 1600:


AMI's line of PCI-based & external RAID products, universally recognized as the industry's most feature-rich, provide servers with the fastest throughput combined with the highest levels of data integrity. Products range from low-cost entry-level solutions to high-performance, high-capacity MegaRAID solutions.


With support for all major operating systems and several management utilities to choose from, AMI MegaRAID products offer the widest range of end-user flexibility, ease-of-use and fault tolerance. AMI has pioneered many industry firsts, including the first non-captive PCI RAID controller certified by Microsoft® for NT® clustering.


The MegaRAID® Elite 1600 controller employs the latest 64-Bit 66 MHz PCI Ultra160 SCSI RAID technology using the Intel® i960®RN I/O processor. Using two Ultra 160 SCSI channels, the controller offers ISPs, workgroups and departmental server environments unequaled performance and reliability.


Key Features • IA-64 Ready • Two Ultra160 SCSI Channels • Smart Init: Automatically Checks Logical Drive Consistency • 64-Bit 66 MHz PCI • PCI 2.2 Compliant • One DIMM Socket with 66 MHz 72-Bit Unbuffered 3.3 V ECC SDRAM


Supporting up to 128 MB • Standard NT® Clustering Support • Advanced Management and Configuration Utilities • 40 Logical Drives per Controller and 30 Physical Drives Per Logical Array • Auto Resume during Array Rebuild or Reconstruction


Optional Features • Battery Backup Module for Cache Memory (Series 492) • Memory Options Shipped Include 32 and 64 MB ECC SDRAM

Controller Specifications • Intel i960® RN 64-Bit Intelligent I/O Processor • 100 MHz i960JX Core • 16 KB 2-Way I-Cache, 4 KB D-Cache • PCI Bus Master with Burst Data Rate up to 266 MB/Sec. • Universal 64-Bit PCI • PCI 2.2 Compliant • Half-Size PCI (Short Card) (6.875”x4.2”) • I2O Messaging Unit • Built-in Hardware XOR Engine for RAID Parity • Optional Battery Backup Daughter Card (Series 492) • ACPI Support • PC 99 Compliant

Controller Cache • One DIMM Socket with 66 MHz 72-bit • Unbuffered 3.3 V ECC SDRAM • Configurable from 16 MB to 128 MB DIMM

SCSI Specifications • One Q Logic 12160A Ultra160 LVD/SE Dual SCSI Controller • Two External P68 Connectors (VHDC) • Two Internal P68 Connectors (UHD) • SCSI Cable Lengths of up to 12 Meters to the Drives • Auto-Switching LVD-SE Terminators • Automatic Termination Enable/Disable via Cable Detection • Optional Jumpers for SCSI Bus Termination and Termpwr Control • SCSI Activity Indicator via Connector

RAID Features • 40 Logical Drives Per Controller and 30 • Physical Drives Per Logical Array • Smart Init: Automatically Checks Consistency of Logical Drives in RAID 5 Applications • Auto Resume During Array Rebuild or • Reconstruction if the System Shuts Down • RAID Levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 and 50 Supported • Tagged Command Queuing • Supports Scatter/Gather • Multi-Threading of up to 256 Commands Simultaneously • Variable Stripe Size for All Logical Drives • Write Through or Write Back on a Logical Drive Basis • Adaptive Read-Ahead • I2O Shell Support

On-Board Peripherals • 1 MB Flash ROM • 32 K of NVRAM for RAID Configuration Storage • Audio Buzzer Indicates RAID System Error/ Warning • RS232 Serial Communication Port for • Diagnostics and Debugging

Server Clustering Support • Hardware Support • MSCSTM • Support Via Unified Firmware • Fault Tolerance • COD - Configuration On Disk • Auto Detection of Failed Drives • Automatic and Transparent Rebuild of Hot Spare Drives • Hot Swapping New Drives w/o Bringing the System Down • Optional Battery Backup Module for Cache • Memory (Series 492) • Provides up to 72-Hour Data Retention • Support for SAF-TE Enclosure Management • Serial Communication Interface • SMART Support

Universal Driver Suite • Novell® • NetWare® • 4.2 and 5.x • Microsoft Windows NTTM 4.0/2000 • SCO® OpenServer 5.x • SCO® UnixWare • BSDI • DOS 6.xx • Linux Redhat • Solaris x86 2.6 and 7 • IBM OS/2 Warp and E-Business • Win64, Linux64, Montery when Launched

MegaRAID® Management • Power Console® Plus • Creates and Manages Multiple Disk Arrays • Controls and Monitors Multiple RAID Servers • Programmable Rebuild Rate by Logical Drive • Configuration Wizard • Event Monitoring by Severity Level • User Friendly GUI • SNMP Support • FlexRAID® Included • Client and Server Modules All-in-One • Background or Schedulable Check Consistency • Silent Install • Hot Key “Boot-up” Configuration via BIOS WebBIOSTM • Browser-Based BIOS Configuration Utility • Color and Complete Mouse Control at Boot-Up Time • BUI (Browser User Interface) Look and Feel • Dynamic Links Set New Standards of Usability • Point-and-Click Configuration • Non-GUI Mega Manager

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