Hitachi and Silicon Image showcase 3Gb/s SATA solution

Hitachi’s 500GB SATA drive delivers 3Gb/s data transfer rates and other performance-enhancing features.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Silicon Image conducted a 3Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) performance and interoperability demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

Hitachi recently introduced a 500GB SATA drive, delivering 3Gb/s data transfer rates and other performance-enhancing features. The demonstration highlighted the performance capabilities offered by Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K500 3Gb/s drives and Silicon Image’s new SteelVine architecture, which leverages a single 3Gb/s SATA host connection to deliver up to 2.5TB of readily accessible storage in an appliance-like solution.

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

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 3Gb/s data transfer rate on the Deskstar drives represents a doubling of the current industry-standard SATA interface speed.

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