Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 3Gb/s SATA Drive

Hitachi GST and Silicon Image today announced plans to conduct a 3 Gb/s SATA performance and interoperability demonstration at this week’s IDF in San Francisco, Calif. Hitachi led the industry with its recent introduction of a 500 GB SATA drive, delivering 3 Gb/s data transfer rates and other performance-enhancing features. The demonstrations in both the SATA-IO booth 623 and Silicon Image booth 322 at the IDF Technology Showcase highlight the performance capabilities offered by Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K500 3 Gb/s drives and Silicon Image’s new SteelVine(TM) architecture, which leverages a single 3 Gb/s SATA host connection to deliver up to 2.5 terabytes of readily accessible storage in an appliance-like solution that is simple, reliable, affordable and scalable.

Hitachi GST and Silicon Image today announced plans to conduct a 3 Gb/s
Serial ATA (SATA) performance and interoperability demonstration at this week’s
Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Calif. Hitachi led the industry
with its recent introduction of a 500 GB SATA drive, delivering 3 Gb/s data
transfer rates and other performance-enhancing features. The demonstrations in
both the SATA-IO booth 623 and Silicon Image booth 322 at the IDF Technology
Showcase highlight the performance capabilities offered by Hitachi’s Deskstar
7K500 3 Gb/s drives and Silicon Image’s new SteelVine(TM) architecture, which
leverages a single 3 Gb/s SATA host connection to deliver up to 2.5 terabytes of
readily accessible storage in an appliance-like solution that is simple,
reliable, affordable and scalable.

The 3 Gb/s demonstration features Silicon Image’s SATALink(TM) SiI 3124-2
four-port host controller with advanced SATA features connected via an external
SATA connection to Silicon Image’s SV2000(TM) storage appliance, which is the
first implementation of the SteelVine architecture. The SV2000 is loaded with
five Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 3 Gb/s drives. When used in combination, the
companies have demonstrated read and write performance over a single SATA link
in excess of 230 MB/s.

"Hitachi’s introduction of the world’s first 3 Gb/s SATA drive exemplified how
the company is innovating on behalf of its customers," said Becky Smith, Vice
President of Marketing, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Our collaboration
with Silicon Image will showcase the numerous benefits of 3 Gb/s SATA and
underscore Hitachi’s position as the hard drive performance leader." Hitachi’s
2.5-inch, 1.5 Gb/s SATA drives, which are also shipping in volume, will also be
on display with Silicon Image at IDF.

"We are excited to be working with Hitachi to showcase the performance benefits
of 3 Gb/s SATA technology," stated Mark Hartney, Silicon Image SATA evangelist
and director of market development, storage products. "The SV2000′s SteelVine
architecture is able to take full advantage of the 3 Gb/s bandwidth and fan out
a single SATA host connection to five drives for simple, reliable, affordable
and scalable storage that is applicable for a number of external storage
applications in the SMB and consumer storage markets, including business
application and information storage, e-mail storage, nearline storage, data
backup and archiving, video editing and DVR expansion."

Hitachi’s new series of SATA drives all feature single-chip, native SATA
chipsets and Native Command Queuing (NCQ), which enables fast data transfer
rates for performance-based applications. The new 3 Gb/s data transfer rate on
the Deskstar drives represents a doubling of the current industry-standard SATA
interface speed. The performance breakthrough is expected to benefit customers
that require fast data access for bandwidth-intensive applications, such as
digital video editing and PC gaming.

The SteelVine architecture helps users dramatically simplify adding reliable
storage to any system. Silicon Image’s SteelVine architecture delivers
enterprise-class features, such as virtualization, RAID, hot plug and hot spare,
in an appliance-like solution that is easy to deploy. Leveraging a standard SATA
interface, SteelVine provides users with a consumer-oriented storage solution
that does not require special O/S drivers or RAID software to load or configure.

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