Computex Taipei 2013 - Just a few days ago we set a PCMark Vantage world record with an Areca ARC-1882-ix-16 and 16 Mushkin Chronos Deluxe drives in a BitFenix Prodigy system, you can read about that over here.
We can't help to imagine what might have been possible with a new 12Gb/s Areca controller. With a 12Gb/s expander, we could have the same performance for less cost.
The two top ports you see are part of the new SAS cable standard that shrinks the connector size. From these two ports, each with four 12Gb/s channels, we could go to what's called an expander. The expander would take a 12Gb/s channel and divide it by two, thus giving us performance equal to 16 6Gb/s channels.
The cost reduction comes from the controller. An Areca ARC-1883X like the one pictured above will cost less than an ARC-1882-ix-16. Looking at it another way, a 16 channel 1883 model with 12Gb/s can branch out to a massive 32-channel 6Gb/s array. Records were made to be broken. We're looking forward to Flash Memory Summit so we can once again use the latest technology to raise the bar higher, once again.