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.