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Areca Announces Availability ARC-5026 Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 RAID Storage


Taipei, Taiwan, September, 18, 2013 - Areca Technology Corporation (ARECA), a leading provider of internal, external and PCIe SAS or SATA lll RAID controllers, today announced the general availability and shipping of ARC-5026 TB/USB 3.0 RAID storage with Thunderbolt Trademark and Logo. This product delivers a truly innovative solution for connecting 4-bay 6Gb/s SATA storage with RAID control capabilities to Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 compatible computers. Areca focuses on the storage design and let the customers buy his Raid optimized drives on the ARC-5026 RAID storage.

This Thunderbolt storage system series is leveraging the strength of Intel’s flexibly revolutionary I/O technology and Areca innovative RAID 6 storage experience. “Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing.” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing, “Products like Areca ARC-5026 help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.” Thunderbolt technology is the fastest connection to your PC at 10Gbs – in each direction, and at the same time. Thunderbolt provides flexibility and simplicity by connecting to data and display devices with a single cable, up to six devices in a daisy-chain.

ARC-5026 TB/USB 3.0 RAID storage features two cutting-edge interfaces, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 for Mac and PC environment. Thunderbolt host interface make ARC-5026 RAID storage well suited for SOHO group professional who work at home and or in the office. Thunderbolt technology is developed for high speed data transfers. The data transfer rate at the speed of 10Gb per second. Thunderbolt port is shared by multiple devices and can transfer data equally distribute to all connected devices. ARC-5026 incorporated on-board high performance 933Mhz ARM_based storage I/O processor and with 1GB DDR3-933 SDRAM memory on-board with ECC protection to deliver true high performance hardware RAID for the demands of serious to deliver true high performance hardware RAID for the demands of serious HD media creators needs.

As the fastest available connection to your computer at 10Gbps, with Thunderbolt users can transfer an entire HD movie in less than 30 seconds making it ideal for fast synchronization of content between devices. When users require high performance back up and restore functionality Thunderbolt is obvious choice enabling the transfer of 1TB of data in less than 5 minutes.

USB 3.0 is the second major revision of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard for computer connectivity. USB 3.0 is capable of transferring data at up to 5 Gbps; over 10 times faster than the 480 Mbps top speed of USB 2.0. If your computer only has a USB 2.0 connection, then ARC-5026 will auto-negotiate to USB 2.0 speeds. User applications demand a higher performance connection between host and peripherals. USB 3.0 addresses this requirement by adding an even higher transfer rate to match these new usage and peripherals.

Thunderbolt Technology Possibilities

With Thunderbolt products, performance, simplicity and flexibility all come together. Users can add high-performance features to their PC over a cable, daisy chaining one after another, up to a total of 7 devices, 1 or 2 of which can be high-resolution DisplayPort v1.1a displays (depending on the controller configuration in the host PC). Because Thunderbolt technology delivers two full-bandwidth channels, the user can realize high bandwidth on not only the first device attached, but on downstream devices as well.

Thunderbolt benefit and Key Features

• Dual-channel 10Gbps per port

• Bi-directional

• Dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)

• Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices

• Daisy-chained devices

• Electrical or optical cables

• Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization

• Uses native protocol software drivers

• Power over cable for bus-powered devices



About Areca Technology Corporation

Areca Technology Corporation designs and manufactures storage products for virtually all areas of the storage market including DAS, NAS, and SAN. All PCI, SCSI, and Fiber Disk Array Controllers support RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 or JBOD. It also produces its own custom ASIC, a high-speed IDE controller, and a RAID 6 engine on their controllers to achieve high data throughput and availability. Areca has completely committed its highly skilled research and development effort to disk array technologies that yield the fastest performance, best reliability, and lower cost points than competitive disk array solutions. Areca Technology is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. http://www.areca.com.tw

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