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Infineon demos more than 2.6Gbps data rates

Posted: 14 Aug 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Infineon Technologies AG announced that it has demonstrated functionality and data rates exceeding 2.6Gbps for a hard disc drive read channel IC core. According to the company, this is the industry's highest data rate for a 90nm read channel and is almost 30 per cent faster than the previous-generation devices.

The core is the third generation of read channels developed in cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The press release from Infineon states that this core is being integrated into an SoC device that will contain all the functions necessary to control a hard disc drive, including a PHY core that will be the first designed to support both the 4.25Gbps Fibre Channel and the upcoming 6Gbps SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and serial ATA standards. The SoC is expected to be in full production by early 2007.

"High channel data rate combined with low power consumption are key to success in developing cost-effective hard disc drive SoC solutions for products used in the enterprise market segment," said Sandro Cerato, general manager and vice president, ASIC Design and Security Business Unit at Infineon, in a statement. "The industry-best data rate achieved by the 90nm read channel core reflects our long experience in designing ICs for drive applications, and is indicative of our commitment to the market."

The hard disc drive market is expected to grow by almost 30 per cent, from Rs.15,325.20 crore ($3.3 billion) in 2005 to Rs.20,898 crore ($4.5 billion) in 2009, according to an August 200 report from Gartner.

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