Adaptec to buy Symbios

Adaptec to buy Symbios

If Adaptec's attempts to acquire Symbios proceed, Australia can expect to see some rationalisation in board products such as adapter cards. Additionally we may experience a boost in storage products and chipsets.

Adaptec recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Symbios from Hyundai Electronics America in a cash transaction valued at $US775 million.

Symbios is represented in Australia by electronics distributor Braemac and is better-known in the channel for its MetaStor range of data storage products than its SCSI cards.

According to a Braemac spokesperson, there have been substantial sales of Symbios chip sets in Australia to OEMs making SCSI cards for non-PC based applications.

Adaptec is best known in Australia as a SCSI adapter card vendor, although it has recently released the AAA 130 range of RAID products.

By acquiring SCSI chipsets and high-end RAID storage technology from Symbios, Adaptec hopes to be able to strengthen mind share among its channel partners.

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