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ServerWorks boosts server-chip speeds

SEATTLE--Broadcom subsidiary ServerWorks has released a new product, its CSB6 chip that handles input-output chores for special-purpose networked computers called "server appliances." The "southbridge" I/O chip, paired with a "northbridge" chip to communicate with memory and a system's main processor, collectively are called the system's chipset. The CSB6 includes support for three RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) channels using the lower-end ATA disk drive standard, making it good for basic server appliances, ServerWorks said Tuesday at the WinHEC conference here. The product also has twice as much input-output performance as its predecessor, the CSB5, supporting Broadcom's newer Grand Champion HE and LE northbridge chips, 64-bit PCI buses and 1 gigabit-per-second Ethernet.

SEATTLE--Broadcom subsidiary ServerWorks has released a new product, its CSB6 chip that handles input-output chores for special-purpose networked computers called "server appliances." The "southbridge" I/O chip, paired with a "northbridge" chip to communicate with memory and a system's main processor, collectively are called the system's chipset. The CSB6 includes support for three RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) channels using the lower-end ATA disk drive standard, making it good for basic server appliances, ServerWorks said Tuesday at the WinHEC conference here.

The product also has twice as much input-output performance as its predecessor, the CSB5, supporting Broadcom's newer Grand Champion HE and LE northbridge chips, 64-bit PCI buses and 1 gigabit-per-second Ethernet.