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Newisys was an American technology company. At various times it sold computers for data centers (known as servers), and computer data storage products. It operated as a subsidiary of Sanmina Corporation since 2004.


Newisys was founded in July 2000 by Claymon A. Cipione and Phillip Doyce Hester, both from IBM. It was originally based in Austin, Texas. By the end of 2000, almost $28 million in venture capital funding was obtained from New Enterprise Associates, Austin Ventures, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).[1] By 2002, they gave demonstrations of server using 64-bit AMD processors.[2] Another round of about $23 million funding was announced in November 2002,[3] increased to $25 million in February 2003.[4] In July 2003, Sanmina-SCI (which had been a manufacturing partner) announced it would acquire Newisys for an undisclosed amount.[5] Newisys became a original design manufacturer for Sanminia. In 2005, Hester left to become the chief technical officer of AMD until 2008,[6] and Cipione also left to join AMD to become chief information officer.[7][8]

In August 2005, a network-attached storage server product called the NA-1400 was announced, although shipments were reported to be delayed. It used an XScale 80219 processor from Intel.[9] In November 2005, Newisys announced an integrated circuit call the AMD Horus, which allowed servers to be built with large numbers of AMD Opteron processors.[10][11] In January 2006, the company acquired the block storage division of Adaptec, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[12] In May 2007, the server portion of the company was shut down, leaving storage (developed in Colorado) as the main focus.[13][14]

Newisys returned to the server market in 2013 by adding Intel based servers into their storage products.


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  2. ^ Deni Connor (August 19, 2002). "Start-up to ease move to 64-bit". Network World. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities" (PDF). US SEC. November 23, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities" (PDF). US SEC. February 13, 2003. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Tony Smith (July 17, 2003). "Sanmina buys Newisys: Rescue bid touted as strategic acquisition?". The Register. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Cade Metz (April 11, 2008). "AMD evaporates CTO post: Hester out. No one in". The Register. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Jan Buchholz (July 25, 2014). "See sprawling Lake Travis mansion set for August auction; no minimum bid". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Scott M. Fulton, III (March 11, 2008). "AMD appoints a former Dell exec as CIO". Beta News. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Newisys NA-1400". November 5, 2005. Archived from the original on January 14, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Klaus Fehrle (November 14, 2005). "Newisys to show off Opteron Horus today: SMP that's the one for me". The Inquirer. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Rajesh Kota. "HORUS: Large Scale SMP using AMD Opteron processors" (PDF). HyperTransport Consortium. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Adaptec Announces Sale of Its Block-Based Systems Assets and Colorado-Based Technology Center to Newisys, a Sanmina-SCI Company". Press release. Adaptec. January 31, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Charlie Demerjian (May 9, 2007). "Newisys cuts staff: More than half yesterday". The Inquirer. Archived from the original on November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Ashlee Vance (June 20, 2007). "AOpteron darling Newisys lives!: Just a flesh wound". The Register. Retrieved November 11, 2016.