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LSI Logic Offers New Ultra2 SCSI Solution for Workstation and Server Markets

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a new PCI-Ultra2 wide SCSI host adapter developed especially for desktop, workstation and server systems. The Symbios(R) SYM8952U host adapter board (HAB) is a universal Fast/Ultra/Ultra2 SCSI solution that offers OEMs and system integrators superior performance, longer cable lengths and lower costs. This low-cost Ultra2 solution is ideally suited for OEMs requiring an external 68-pin high-density (HD) connector.

According to Robin Wagner, director of I/O standard products marketing, "With the addition of the SYM8952U host adapter board to the Symbios HAB family, designers will realize increased flexibility to define cabling environments and upgrade paths of their high performance systems." The SYM8952U device transfers data at twice the speed of Ultra SCSI, provides broader bus bandwidth and offers excellent connectivity and reliability.

The foundation of the Symbios SYM8952U HAB is the Symbios SYM53C895 chip. An industry first, the SYM53C895 chip features LVDlink(TM), LSI Logic's implementation of Universal Low Voltage Differential (LVD) integrated transceivers. SCSI signal lines also feature TolerANT(TM) technology for improved signal reliability in noisy cable environments. The SYM8952U controller offers up to 80-MBps bandwidth plus transfer rates at the speed of the PCI system bus. This flexible device also supports Fast/Ultra wide, single-ended SCSI devices. Because of its higher performance, broader bandwidth, greater flexibility, and longer cable lengths, the SYM8952U is ideally suited for demanding I/O devices in high-performance desktop and workstation platforms.

The LSI Logic complete HAB solution includes powerful utilities and drivers. Developed in-house and certified by major operating system (OS) vendors, SDMS (SCSI device management system) software is based on industry standards and makes HAB installation and configuration tasks fast and easy. SDMS drivers, approved through the Microsoft WHQL, Novell Labs, SCO and Sun Solaris certification processes, are compatible with all major OS platforms and are continually updated to incorporate new OS systems, features and upgrades. The SDMS software suite is supplied to customers on a CD.

The SYM8952U device extends the cabling capabilities of the industry's first Ultra2 SCSI host adapter, the SYM8951U, by offering an external 68-pin high-density connector in place of the SYM8951U's very high-density interconnect (VHDCI) external connector. Like all LSI Logic host adapters, it is backed by extensive SCSI system expertise and industry-leading technology pioneered by Symbios, Inc. LSI Logic HABs are widely used in many environments: high-end desktop, workstation, RAID subsystem, server and clustered-server applications.

For OEM evaluation, the SYM8952U will be available in the first quarter of 1999 as either board-only or as a complete solution kit. Each kit includes the HAB product, user's manuals, software drivers and utilities for most major operating systems, and an internal 5-position, SE Fast/Ultra - Ultra2 cable with built-in LVD auto-termination. The SYM8952U host adapter will be available for under $100 per unit when ordered in OEM quantities.

LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI), The System on a Chip Company(R), manufactures and sells the Symbios host adapter products and is a leading supplier of standard I/O products, and custom high-performance semiconductors with operations worldwide. The company enables customers to build systems using standard I/O products, and complete systems on a single chip with its CoreWare(R) design program, thereby increasing performance, lowering system costs and accelerating time to market. LSI Logic develops application- optimized products in partnership with trendsetting customers, and operates leading edge, high-volume manufacturing facilities to produce submicron chips. The company maintains a high level of quality, as demonstrated by its ISO9000 certifications. LSI Logic is headquartered at 1551 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, California 95035, 408-433-8000, www.lsilogic.com.

The LSI Logic design, CoreWare, The System on a Chip Company, LVDlink, TolerANT, and Symbios are trademarks or registered trademarks of LSI Logic Corporation. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of LSI Logic Corporation since not all the trademarks in the list are registered.

The Symbios SYM8952U product is available through LSI Logic's Storage Components Group. For further product information and information about LSI Logic, please call 1-800-856-3093 or visit www.lsilogic.com. To request copies of annual reports or other investor information, please call 1-800-574-4286.
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CONTACT: Cathy Busch-Kinkaid of LSI Logic, 970-206-5834, cathy.busch@lsil.com; or Linda Capcara of Brodeur Porter Novelli, 602-954-0044, lcapcara@brodeur.com