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2-Channel Ultra/Ultra Wide SCSI 32-bit PCI
It is for optimum performance and value in I/O demanding applications such as Video-On-Demand, image-processing systems, power desktops, CD-ROM, and database servers.
The evolution for designers and users to consider the user of multiple SCSI channels began with installing two or more SCSI-to-PCI host adapters in a single computer. It progressed with the first generation of dual-channel host adapters, where a single add-in card provided dual-channel capabilities.
Generations of PCI-SCSI Host Adapter
First standardized in 1986, the original SCSI is an 8-bit parallel I/O bus capable of connecting seven peripherals such as hard disk, tape, and CD-ROM drives to PCs and workstation. The original SCSI standard transferred a single byte per bus cycle and operated in synchronous mode at a maximum rate of 5 MB/s. A doubling of bus speed to 10 MB/s was the primary feature of Fast-SCSI-2. Fast-Wide SCSI-2 increased the bus width to 16 bits and effectively doubled the bus speed once again to a maximum of 20 MB/s during the data transfer operational phase. Ultra SCSI doubles the speed again, to 20 MB/s using the 8-bit interface, and 40 MB/s using the 16-bit interface.
IOI-9200 Dual-Channel Ultra/Ultra Wide PCI SCSI Evolution
Utilizing the power of the Initio INIC-950 PCI-UltraSCSI RISC processor, the IOI-9200U and IOI-9200UW double the overall SCSI throughput and bandwidth resulting in better host CPU utilization.
In addition to supporting the latest SCSI standard, the IOI-9200U/UW is fully backward compatible with your existing SCSI devices. Separating low speed SCSI devices such as scanners, tape and magneto-optical drives from your high speed UltraWide SCSI hard disks allows for more efficient utilization of the SCSI bus and better overall system performance.
IOI-9200U/UW connects up to 30 UltraWide or 14 UltraSCSI drives without decreasing the performance.. There are more connectivity compared to single-channel adapters.
With the UltraConnect series, you are no longer limited booting from a single SCSI channel. You can combine up to thirty bootable devices on any channel at any SCSI ID. It's good for Multi-OS system platform.
By supporting multiple UltraSCSI channels through a single IRQ, IOI-9200U/UW frees up available IRQ for other system resources.
The first SCSI-to-PCI host adapters were single-channel subsystems. To implement two SCSI channels in a computer system, you had to buy and install two host adapters. Along with the expense of two host adapters, this was often impractical due to limited bus slots and restricted loading requirements for the PCI bus. IOI-9200U/UW is designed to save available slots in your computer system.