(8 ports PCIe SAS RAID Controllers)
(8/12/16/24 internal ports and 4 external
ports PCIe SAS RAID Controllers )
Areca high-performance ARC-1680 series PCIe to SAS RAID host controller can
provide up to (128) SAS/SATA ll peripheral devices using SAS expanders. The
controllers are based on the same RAID kernel of field-proven external RAID
adapter and same device drivers with widely used SATA RAID controller.
Applications that benefit most features from these controllers include NAS, server
RAID solutions, web servers, supercomputing, near-line backup, security systems
and streaming applications.
•Supports up to (128) SAS or SATA
II drives using SAS expanders
•3Gb/s throughput at each drive
•Support up to 4GB DDR2-533
cache (ARC-1680ix-12/16/24)
•Family includes 4/8/12/16/24
internal or 4/8 external SAS ports
for easy expansion
•Intel RAID engine to support
highest speed RAID 6
•Online capacity expansion, RAID
level/stripe size migration
•Online volume set growth
•Redundant flash image for adapter
•Support greater than 2TB per
volume set and battery backup
module (BBM)
•SES2, SMP and SGPIO enclosure
•Broad operating support including
Windows, Linux (open source),
FreeBSD(open source),
Soaris(open source) and more
SAS for Maximum Scalability
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
ARC-1680 series controllers include 4/8/12/16/24
internal SAS port or 4/8 external SAS ports for
easy expansion. When Areca SAS RAID
controller used with SAS expanders, the adapter
can provide up to (128) devices through one or
more SAS JBODs, making it an ideal solution for
enterprise-class storage applications that call for
maximum configuration flexibility.
Unparalleled Performance
The SAS RAID controllers raise the standard to
higher performhance levels with several enhancements including Intel new high-performance
IOP348 I/O Processor, a DDR2-533 memory
architecture and high performance x8 Link PCIe
host interface bus interconnection.
ARC-1680ix-12/16/24 series include one DIMM
socket with default 512MB of ECC DDR2-533
SDRAM with optional battery backup module,
upgrade to 4GB. The ARC-1680LP/1680i/1680x/
1680ix-8 low profile boards default support
512MB on-board memory.
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 controllers with extreme performance
RAID 6 engine installed provide the highest RAID
6 feature to meet this requirement. The SAS RAID
controllers can also provide RAID levels 0, 1, 1E,
3, 5, 6,10, 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 2TB
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 controller supports broad operating
system including Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/
2000, Linux (Open Source), FreeBSD (Open
Source), Solaris (Open Source), Mac and more,
along with key system monitoring features such as
enclosure management(SES2, SMP & SGPIO) and
SNMP function. Our products and technology are
based on extensive testing and validation process;
same as Areca SATA ll RAID adapter field-proven
compatibility with operating systems, motherboards,
applications and device drives.
Easy RAID Management
The controllers contain an embedded McBIOS RAID
manager that can access via hot key at BIOS
boot-up screen. This pre-boot RAID manager can
use to simplify the setup and management of RAID
controller. 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.
Adapter Architecture
Host Connectivity
•Intel Dual Core 1200 MHz IOP348 I/O processor for RAID core
•PCIe x8 lane width host interface
and SAS microcode
•512MB on-board DDR2-533 SDRAM with ECC protection
•One 240-pin DDR2-533 DIMM socket with default 512MB of
SDRAM with ECC protection, upgrade to 4GB
•Support write-through or write-back cache
•Support 4 to 24 internal and 4 to 8 external SAS ports
•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 extreme performance RAID 6 function
•NVRAM for RAID event & transaction log
•Redundant flash image for adapter availability
•Battery Backup Module ready (Option)
•RoHS Compliant
RAID Features
•RAID level 0, 1,1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
•Multiple RAID selection
•Online array roaming
•Online RAID level/stripe size migration
•Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
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 intelligent power management to save energy and
extend service life
•Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock over the on
board Ethernet port
Disk Bus Interface
•4/8/12/16/24 internal/SAS ports or 4/8 external SAS ports
•Up to (128) SAS or 3 SATA II drives using SAS expanders
•Up to 3Gb/s per port
connector, individual fault connector, LCD/I2C connector and
alarm buzzer
•SMTP support for email notification
•SNMP support for remote manager
•Enclosure management (SES2, SMP and SGPIO) ready
RAID Management
•Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM
In-Band Manager
•Hot key "boot-up" McBIOS RAID manager via M/B BIOS
•Web browser-based McRAID storage manager via ArcHttp proxy
server utility
•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/2008
•Novell Netware 6.5
•Solaris 10 x86/x86_64
•SCO Unixware 7.x.x
•Mac OSX 10.4.x/10.5.x (EFI BIOS support)
For more information & latest supported OS listing visit
Temperature: +5 c to +50 c
Power Requirements
•System status indication through global HDD activity/fault
1.10W max. +3.3V
Humidity: 15-80%, non-condensing
Temperature: -40 c to 70 c
Storage Temperature
Humidity: 5-90%, non-condensing
10.92W max. +12V
Model Name
I/O Processor
One DDR2-533 Socket with Default 512MB Upgrade to 4GB
DDR2-533 512MB
2 x SFF-8087
1 x SFF-8087
2 x SFF-8088
1 x SFF-8088
Drive Support
2 x SFF-8087
3 x SFF-8087
4 x SFF-8087
6 x SFF-8087
1 x SFF-8088
1 x SFF-8088
1 x SFF-8088
1 x SFF-8088
Up to 128 SAS/SATA HDDs, Using SAS Expander
In-Band: PCIe /Out-of-Band: BIOS, LCD and LAN Port
Management Port
Individual Activity/Fault Header, SGPIO, SMP and SES2
Enclosure Ready
Form Factor
Intel IOP348 1200MHz
On-Board Cache
Drive Connector
Low Profile: 62(H) x 168(L) mm
62(H) x 210(L) mm
Full Height: 98.4(H) x 237.5(L) mm
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