ARC-1212/1222 SAS RAID Adapter
At the heart of storage
ARC-1212/1222 (4/8 Ports PCIe to SAS RAID Adapters)
Areca high-performance PCIe to SAS RAID host adapter
can provide up to 4/8 SAS/SATA ll peripheral devices. The
adapters are based on the same RAID kernel of fieldproven external RAID adapter. Applications that benefit
most features from these controllers include NAS, server
RAID solutions, web servers, supercomputing, near-line
backup, security systems and streaming applications.
SAS for No Expansion
SAS builds on parallel SCSI by providing
higher performance, improving data
availability, and simplifying system design.
The SAS interface supports both SAS disk
drives for data-intensive applications and
Serial ATA (SATA) drives for low-cost bulk
storage of reference data. The ARC1212/1222 support 4/8 SAS/SATA ll HDDs
via one internal /two internal Min SAS
connector without supporting the expansion
function. This can meet the customer
inquiry SAS solution (using same
enclosure) to replace SATA solution. The
controllers are low profile PCIe adapters,
idea for IU and 2U rackmount system
without needing the expansion capability.
Unparalleled Performance
The SAS RAID adapters raise the standard
to higher performance levels with several
enhancements including Intel New highperformance I/O Processor, a DDR2-533
memory architecture and high performance
x8 Link PCIe host interface bus
interconnection. The ARC1212/1222 low
profile boards default support 256MB onboard memory with optional battery backup
module. The high performance test result
compared to other SATA ll RAID adapters is
ideal solution for servers and workstations.
Unsurpassed Data Availability
The RAID 6 can offer fault tolerance
greater that RAID 1 or RAID 5 but only
consumes the capacity of 2 disk drives for
distributed parity data. The SAS RAID
adapters with extreme performance RAID 6
engine installed provide the highest RAID 6
feature to meet this requirement. The SAS
RAID adapters can also provide RAID
levels 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single
Disk or JBOD for maximum configuration
flexibility. Its high data availability and
protection derives from the following
capabilities: Online RAID Capacity
Expansion, Array Roaming, Online RAID
Level / Stripe Size Migration, Global Online
Spare, Automatic Drive Failure Detection,
Automatic Failed Drive Rebuilding, Disk
Hot-Swap, Online Background Rebuilding,
Instant Availability/Background
Initialization, Auto Reassign Sector,
Redundant Flash Image and Battery
Backup Module. Greater than 2 TB support
allows for very large volume set application
in 64-bit environment such as data-mining
and managing large databases.
Maximum Interoperability
The SAS RAID adapter supports broad
operating system including
Vista/Server2003/XP/2000, Linux (Open
Source), FreeBSD (Open Source), Solaris
(Open Source), Mac and more, along with
key system monitoring features such as
enclosure management (Serial bus and
SGPIO) and SNMP function. Our products
and technology are based on extensive
testing and validation process; leverage
Areca SATA ll RAID adapter field-proven
compatibility with operating systems,
motherboards, applications and drivers.
Easy RAID Management
The adapters contain an embedded
McBIOS RAID manager that can access via
hot key at BIOS boot-up screen. This preboot RAID manager can use to simplify the
setup and management of RAID adapter.
The adapter firmware also contains a
browser-based McRAID storage manager
which can be accessed through the
Ethernet port or ArcHttp proxy server. The
McRAID storage manager allows local and
remote to create and modify RAID set,
volume set, and monitor RAID status from
standard web browser. The Single Admin
Portal (SAP) monitor utility can support one
application to scan multiple RAID units in
the network. The Disk Stress Test (DST)
utility kicks out disks meeting marginal
spec before the RAID unit is actually put
on-line for real business.
Support up to (4/8) SAS/
3Gb/s throughput at each
drive ports
Support up to 256MB DDR2533 cache
Intel RAID engine to support
highest speed RAID 6
Online capacity expansion,
RAID level/stripe size
Online volume set growth
Redundant flash image for
adapter availability
Support Greater than 2TB per
volume set and battery
backup module (BBM)
Serial bus and SGPIO
enclosure management
Broad operating support
including Windows, Linux
(open source), FreeBSD
(open source), Solaris(open
source) and more systems
Intel Server & Storage Innovation Award
ARC-1212/1222 SAS RAID Adapter
Adapter Architecture
Intel 800MHz IOP348 I/O processor with SAS controller
PCIe x8 link host interface
256MB on-board DDR2-533 SDRAM with ECC protection
Support write-through or write-back cache
Multi-adapter support for large storage requirements
BIOS boot support for greater fault tolerance
BIOS PnP (plug and play) and BBS (BIOS boot
specification) support
Intel RAID engine support extreme performance RAID 6
NVRAM for RAID configuration & transaction log
Redundant flash image for adapter availability
Battery Backup Module ready (Option)
RoHS Compliant
RAID Features
RAID level 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60 or JBOD
Multiple RAID selection
Online array roaming
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration
Online volume set growth
Instant availability and background initialization
Automatic drive insertion / removal detection and rebuilding
Greater than 2TB per volume set (64-bit LBA support)
Disk scrubbing/ array verify scheduling for automatic repair
of all configured RAID sets
Support spin down drives when not in use to extend service
life (MAID)
Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock
over the on board Ethernet port
Disk Bus Interface
Up to 4/8 SAS/SATA II HDDs (no expander capability )
Up to 3Gbps per drive port
Host Connectivity
PCIe x8 lane width host interface
System status indication through global HDD activity/fault
connector, individual fault connector, LCD/I2C connector
and alarm buzzer
SMTP support for email notification
SNMP support for remote manager
Enclosure management (Serial bus and SGPIO) ready
RAID Management
Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM
In-Band Manager
Hot key "boot-up" McBIOS RAID manager via BIOS
Web browser-based McRAID storage manager via Http
proxy server
Support Command Line Interface (CLI)
API library for customer to write monitor utility
Single Admin Portal (SAP) monitor utility
Disk Stress Test (DST) utility for production
Out-of-Band Manager
Firmware-embedded web browser-based McRAID storage
manager, SMTP manager and SNMP agent and Telnet
function via Ethernet port
API library for customer to write monitor utility
Support Push Button and LCD display panel
Operating System
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista
Novell Netware 6.5
Solaris 10 x86/x86_64
SCO Unixware 7.x.x
Mac OS X 10.x (EFI BIOS support)
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Environmental /Physical
Areca PCIe SAS RAID Card Comparison
SAS Interface
ARC-1212/1222 62(H) x 168(L) mm
Model name
1 x SFF-8087
I/O Processor
2 x SFF-8087
Intel IOP348 800 MHz
On-Board Cache
DDR2-533 256MB
(2x4) header for individual activ ity LED connector
(2x4) header for individual fault LED connector
(2x2) header for global activ ity /fa ult LED connector
(2x4) header for LCD & enclosure management connector
(2x6) header for Batte ry Backup Module (BBM) connector
(1xRJ45) for Ethernet port connector
I/O Interface
Operatin g
Temperature : +5 C to +50 C Humidity : 15-80%, non-condensing
Storage Temperature
Temperature : -40 C to 70 C Humidity : 5-90%, non-condensing
1.10W max. +3.3V
10.92W max. +12V
Host Bus Type
Driv er Connector
Driv e Support
Expander Support
RAID Level
PCIe x 8 Lanes
1 x SFF-8087
2 x SFF-8087
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60
Single Disk or JBOD
Management Port
In-Band: PCIe
Out-B and: BIOS, LCD and LAN Port
Enclosure Ready
Individual Activ ity /Fault Header, SGPIO and Seria l bus interfa ce
Form Factor
Low Profile : 62 (H) x 168 (L)mm
At the heart of storage
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