Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288: Product Brief

12 Gb/s low profile card perfect for extending RAID arrays beyond eight drives

For a low-cost value-added alternative to high port count RAID cards, select the Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288. As the perfect complement for Intel’s serial attached SCSI (SAS)-3 generation RAID cards, the Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288 offers ultimate flexibility for architecting a high drive count (more than 8 drives) storage solution in any sized system. Designed with a low profile, MD2 form factor, the Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288 can be used in any server add-in card slot including a low profile slot in a 2U rack system. In cases where an add-in slot is not available, the Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288 can even be mounted to a chassis wall or air-duct.

The Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288, powered by a high performance SAS 3.0 capable expander, enables the connection of up to 28 inside-the-box SAS or serial ATA (SATA) devices; plus it delivers eight external ports for connection to a JBOD. Each expander port is capable of performing SAS and SATA transfers based on the speed of the host or target at either 12 Gb/s or 6 Gb/s. Furthermore, 6 Gb/s signals are aggregated by the expander to allow for 12 Gb/s communication with RAID add-in cards capable of this higher data rate. The Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288 supports management functions such as discovery and enclosure management, and can be cascaded to accommodate as many drives as the associated SAS/RAID card allows.

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