If the controller has an onboard CPU as well as dedicated RAM, then it is a hardware based controller.
I found it here. http://www.geizhals.at/eu/a159536.html
Althow non of the sites has it on stock.
isnt that dell/perc controller an ami megaraid 1600 ????
if it is, its a great performing scsi raid controller for raid 0 arrays
www.amdmb.com has a review of it up
can you get one with a battery backup??? i would go for that