Today were going to start out with the new HBA adapters since they are shipping to distributers, e-tailers and retailers now.
The three HBA models available are SAS 9207-4i4e, SAS 9207-8i and SAS 9207-8e. A number followed by an "I' shows the number of internal ports and a number followed by an "e' notes the external ports. The ports are bundled in packages of four, so the 9207-8i uses two SFF-8088 connectors to provide 8 lanes to the HBA chip. Both the -8i and -4i4e can address up to 256 devices, but the -8e model can address up to 1024 devices.
All three of the new HBA products increase IOPS performance to 700,000. This is an incredible amount of performance and allows LSI to retain their leadership role in the industry.
The three HBA cards then turn into five product SKUs. Both the -8i and -4i4e are available in both SGL packaging (card, documentation and software disk) and full kit form (with SGL + HBA cable kit). The -8e full external model does not get the kit treatment because it would be impossible to determine the length of cables needed.
MSRP pricing is located on this chart at the far right. The HBA models are available today and as always, the MSRP prices are the starting point since we have this wonderful internet thing.