Adapters


SATA RAID Adapters

ARC-1203 series

(PCIe 2.0 to SATA RAID Adapter)

Product Highlights


✵ Supports up to (8) 6Gb/s SATA or SSD drives

✵ Support up to 512MB DDR3-1066 cache

✵ Support read/write cache allocation by policy

✵ Support optional battery backup module (BBM)

✵ Self-encrypting drive management

✵ SGPIO enclosure management for ARC-1203-4i/8i

✵ Redundant flash image for adapter availability

✵ Support RAID 1 - Multi Mirroring and Mirrored Pass-Through Disk

✵ Broad operating support including Windows, Linux (open source),FreeBSD (open source), Soaris (open source), Mac and VMware


PCIe 2.0 to SATA RAID Adapter


ARC-1203 series internal PCIe 2.0 host RAID controllers are the cost-effective solutions for connecting 2/4/8 6Gb/s SATA peripherial devices. Areca’s ARC-1203 series entry-level RAID controllers cover the spectrum of wild range storage requirements for cost-sensitive applications that require robust data protection. The 2/4/8 port configurations are aimed at high-availability and capacity oriented applications, such as security systems, surveillance, multimedia content generation, large-volume data capturing, mail servers and entry-level database systems.

  ARC-1203 Series 6Gb/s SATA RAID Adapters
ARC-1203-2i ARC-1203-4i ARC-1203-8i
RAID-on-Chip Controller ARM_based storage I/O processor@ 1.066 GHz
Cache Memory 256 MB on-board DDR3-1066 SDRAM with ECC protection 512 MB on-board DDR3-1066 SDRAM with ECC protection
Host Bus Interface 1-Lane PCI Express® 2.0 4-Lane PCI Express® 2.0
Ports 2 x internal 4 x internal 8 x internal
Drive Connectors 2 Discrete SATA latch connector 1 x SFF-8087 2 x SFF-8087
Data Transfer Rate Up to 6Gb/s per port
Drive Support Up to 2 x SATA HDDs/SSD Up to 4 x SATA HDDs/SSD Up to 8 x SATA HDDs/SSD
Physical Dimensions Low Profile: 134(L) x 64(H)mm Low Profile: 168(L) x 64.4(H) mm
Power Dissipation Typical: 8W Typical: 10W Typical: 11W
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 60 °C with 200 LFM airflow
Operating Humidity 10% to 85%, non-condensing
BBM Support ARC-6120BA-T121-12G
RAID Levels RAID level 0, 1 and Single Disk RAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60 and Single Disk
RAID Features
  • Multiple RAID selection
  • Configurable stripe size up to 1MB
  • Support HDD firmware update
  • Online array roaming
  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration
  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
  • Online volume set growth
  • SED (self-encrypting drives) function support
  • Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
  • SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
  • Instant availability and background initialization
  • Support global and dedicated hot spare
  • Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding
  • Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
  • Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life
  • Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock over the on board Ethernet port

Operating Systems


  • Microsoft Windows
  • Red Hat Linux, Centos Linux, SUSE Linux, Fedora, Debian Linux, Ubuntu Linux
  • OpenBSD
  • XenServer
  • unRAID
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD
  • macOS
  • VMware ESXi
  • Management Monitor


    McRAID Storage Manager

  • Web-based GUI management utility
  • Remote configuration, monitoring, and notification
  • Graphical-based management utility

  • McRAID Utility

  • Command-line interface
  • CIM provider for VMware
  • API code support
  • McBIOS Configuration Utility

  • Legacy configuration utility
  • Flashable BIOS support

  • Monitors/Notification

  • Global HDD activity/fault connector, individual activity/fault connector
  • LCD/I²C connector and alarm buzzer
  • Disk activity/fault LED on Bracket (ARC-1203-2i)
  • SNMP
  • SMTP
  • Downloads


    File Version Date
    ARC-1203-2i Specification 1.0 2019/02/13
    ARC-1203-4i/8i Specification 1.1 2019/09/27
    ARC-1203 series Quick Installation Guide 2.0 2020/03/27
    ARC-1203-2i User Manual 1.3 2020/02/21
    ARC-1203-4i/8i User Manual 1.3 2020/02/21
    CLI Utility User Manual 5.1 2020/04/20
    ArcSAP User Manual 4.1 2019/07/19
    SNMP User Manual 1.0 2011/06/20
    File Version Date
    ARC-1203 series firmware 1.56 2019/07/30
    1. Add progress % for some http operation
    2. Improve FAIL_DRIVE_IF_MANY_ERROR
    3. Add Marvell path for RTC (Read Timing Control) values of PCIe memory wrappers