Adaptec is a hardware manufacturer that was founded in Milpitas, California in 1984. The company manufactures chips, internal host bus adapters, RAID controllers, external storage area networks ( SAN), Ethernet- based iSCSI SAN (IP SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and the accompanying software.


Adaptec was founded in Milpitas, California by Larry Boucher and other former engineers of the company in 1981 by Shugart Associates. The group was at Shugart with the development of the " Shugart Associates System Interface " ( SASI ), later renamed " Small Computer System Interface" ( SCSI) entrusted.

The company became known for their SCSI adapter. In the 1990s, Adaptec took over the competitors Trantor and Future Domain. The renowned network equipment Cogent was bought in the subsequent period. In May 2010, the business with Raid card was sold to PMC Sierra.


The company mainly manufactures interface adapters for storage devices in computers ago. The product range includes adapters for USB, FireWire, SCSI, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI ( SAS), audio / video, and additional small items like USB hubs are also produced by the company.

The Easy CD Creator by Adaptec is a (now obsolete ) CD / DVD burning software that was shipped with many early CD writers. This is now provided by Roxio.

Recently Adaptec presented some significant innovations for the SAN market - the product iSA1500. This software, which was developed for Adaptec by the British company Elipsan, received at the 2005 awards the prize " Best Storage Networking Hardware Product". The subsequent acquisition of Elipsan and the use of its technology for the IBM products DS300 and DS400 was considered by some industry insiders as a missed opportunity.