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ARC-1203 series internal PCIe 2.0 host RAID controllers are the cost-effective solutions for connecting 2/4/8 6Gb/s SATA peripherial devices. Areca’s ARC-1203 series entry-level RAID controllers cover the spectrum of wild range storage requirements for cost-sensitive applications that require robust data protection. The 2/4/8 port configurations are aimed at high-availability and capacity oriented applications, such as security systems, surveillance, multimedia content generation, large- volume data capturing, mail servers and entry-level database systems.
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Product Highlights:

  • Supports up to (8) 6Gb/s SATA or SSD drives
  • Support up to 1GB DDR3-1066 cache
  • Support read/write cache allocation by policy
  • Support optional battery backup module (BBM)
  • Self-encrypting drive management
  • SGPIO enclosure management for ARC-1203-4i/8i
  • Redundant flash image for adapter availability
  • Support RAID 1 – Multi Mirroring and Mirrored Pass-Through Disk
  • Broad operating support including Windows, Linux (open source),FreeBSD (open source), Soaris (open source), Mac and VMware
RAID-on-Chip ControllerARM_based storage I/O processor@ 1.066 GHz
Cache Memory512 MB on-board DDR3-1066 SDRAM with ECC protection (from Engineering Version D)1GB on-board DDR3-1066 SDRAM with ECC protection (from Engineering Version E)
Host Bus Interface1-Lane PCI Express® 2.04-Lane PCI Express® 2.0
Ports2 x internal4 x internal4 x internal
Drive Connectors2 Discrete SATA latch connector1 x SFF-80872 x SFF-8087
Data Transfer RateUp to 6Gb/s per port
Drive SupportUp to 2 x SATA HDDs/SSDUp to 4 x SATA HDDs/SSDUp to 8 x SATA HDDs/SSD
Physical DimensionsLow Profile: 134(L) x 64(H)mmLow Profile: 168(L) x 64.4(H) mm
Power DissipationTypical: 8WTypical: 10WTypical: 11W
Operating Temperature0 °C to 60 °C with 200 LFM airflow
Operating Humidity10% to 85%, non-condensing
BBM SupportARC-6120BA-T121-12G
RAID LevelsRAID level 0, 1 and Single DiskRAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60 and Single Disk
RAID Features
  • Multiple RAID selection
  • Configurable stripe size up to 1MB
  • Support HDD firmware update
  • Online array roaming
  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration
  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
  • Online volume set growth
  • SED (self-encrypting drives) function support
  • Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
  • SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
  • Instant availability and background initialization
  • Support global and dedicated hot spare
  • Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding
  • Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
  • Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life
  • Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock over the on board Ethernet port
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