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Adaptec® SmartRAID RAID Adapters

Adaptec® SmartRAID RAID adapters are the industry's most versatile, fully featured and secure full RAID-enabled server storage performance solutions.  Built upon the unified Smart Storage stack, SmartRAID adapters are specifically designed for maximum security, performance and bandwidth and are optimized for efficiency and form factor.

Unique storage innovations featured on certain RAID adapters include maxCache caching software, Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (ZCMP) and maxCrypto controller-based encryption (CBE.)   All adapters feature maxView storage manager, which provides an HTML5 web interface that can be used in standard desktops and mobile browsers for all storage configuration and management needs. SmartRAID adapters also feature backwards compatibility, broad operating system support and CPU platform diversity.

New Product: Adaptec SmartRAID 3100E RAID Adapters

The entry-level Adaptec SmartRAID 3100E RAID adapters are a cost-effective hardware RAID solution. They have been added to our trusted Smart Storage platform to support deployments that use fewer drives and can benefit from caching capabilities but do not need the full cache backup or advanced RAID levels of our full-featured RAID adapters. Some key benefits include:

  • Accelerated storage with up to 2 GB of high-speed DRAM cache
  • Significant power savings as compared to competing solutions
  • RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 1 ADM, 10 ADM
  • Consistent drivers, firmware and management tools for seamless integration
  • Ideal for computing and graphical applications, simple storage subsystems, testing servers, point-of-sale (POS) terminals/kiosks and monitoring all types of system and manufacturing operations

Adaptec SmartRAID 3100 PCIe® Gen 3 12G SAS/SATA RAID Adapters

The SmartRAID 3100 family provides maximum read/write bandwidth and up to 1.7 million Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) when coupled with 12 Gbps SSDs. In addition, the SmartRAID 3100 series delivers acceleration and latency optimization when using HDDs through caching. The SmartRAID 3100 series also unlocks all the features and performance of the 12 Gbps HBA 1100 Series of host bus adapters when the drives are configured as raw devices.

The SmartRAID family continues its battery-free portfolio. The SmartRAID 315x series integrates flash-based cache protection to enable instant cache protection. The tethered Adaptec ASCM-35F capacitor module supports a five-year lifetime and is continuously monitored by the Smart firmware to make sure that the data can be safely backed up to the flash memory on the SmartRAID adapter in case of a power loss.

SmartRAID 3162 adapters also feature integrated cache backup circuitry, NAND Flash memory and field-replaceable super capacitors. The SmartRAID 3162-8i /e also features the market's first readily available adapter with controller based encryption (CBE.)

Adaptec SmartRAID 3100 PCIe® Gen 3 12G SAS/SATA RAID Adapters

SmartRAID 3100 Adapter Features

  • RAID levels: 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, 1 ADM, and 10 ADM
  • maxCache 4.0 caching software
  • Supports simultaneous use of RAID and raw devices (mixed mode)
  • Fifth-generation Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (ZMCP)
  • Up to 24 native SAS/SATA ports in a LP/MD2 design
  • 12 Gbps and 6 Gbps compatibility with HDD or SSD SAS/SATA devices
  • Quality and reliability through the unified, hardened Smart Storage stack, which is deployed in over 30M servers

Adaptec® Smart Storage Platform


Microchip's unified Smart Storage stack powers the entire Smart family of Integrated Circuit (IC) and adapter products, leveraging core IP that has shipped in over 30 million servers and delivers one of the industry’s most reliable, highest-performing and lowest power storage controller software platforms.


Adaptec SmartRAID 3162-8i/e RAID Adapter with maxCrypto™ Controller-Based Encryption


Encryption is a must for vertical markets needing data protection. The SmartRAID 3162-8i/e RAID adapter equipped with maxCrypto controller-based encryption (CBE) provides encryption for data-at-rest in the data center with virtually no difference in read or write performance.


Data-at-Rest Encryption


As data centers grow, performance, power, security and reliability are more important considerations than ever. Find out how the SmartROC 3100 and SmartIOC 2100 handle these advanced security features using maxCrypto controlled-based encryption (CBE) without affecting performance.

Video: Accelerate Time-to-Market with Microchip’s ChipLink Development Tool

Introducing the Microchip ChipLink Advanced Tool Platform


ChipLink is an intuitive, Java-based, cross-platform Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows developers to monitor, configure, and diagnose Microchip Data Center Solutions’ products with immediate visual feedback, deploys a consistent toolset and offers many other advanced features which accelerate overall time-to-market for your design.


Open-Source Tools Manage the Data Center


Our Adaptec product line continues its storage leadership by launching industry-first open-source tools that configure, deploy, scale and manage our RAID adapters, Host Bus adapters and expanders for use with OpenStack’s Horizon dashboard in the data center.