New Generation Products Feature Dramatically Faster Processing, Lower Power Consumption, and Significantly Reduced Motherboard RAID Solution Cost
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Jun 01, 2009
-- Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIMG), a leader in semiconductors and intellectual property for the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition (HD) content, today announced the introduction of the SiI5923 SteelVine(R)
Series 3 Core storage processor and the SiI3723 SteelVine Series 3 Core SATA 1:2 port multiplier--further expanding the company's proven SteelVine storage product portfolio. Key applications for these new single-chip solutions include personal computers (PCs), digital video recorder (DVRs) and consumer electronics (CE) motherboards, as well as storage enclosures. SteelVine Series 3 Core product samples will be available in June 2009 with volume shipments starting in August 2009.
SteelVine Series 3 Core products are designed for enhanced performance and system-level cost reduction without sacrificing functionality. SteelVine Series 3 Core storage processors perform 38 percent faster and consume 33 percent less power compared to the previous generation of SteelVine products. In addition, the bill of material for the SteelVine Series 3 Core storage processor is one-half compared to its predecessor. Silicon Image has achieved this cost reduction through integration of external components and size reduction; the form factor of this new single chip has also been reduced by 64 percent from an 88-pin QFN to a 40-pin QFN. Silicon Image achieved these benefits while maintaining the key features of the previous generation SteelVine storage processors, such as ease of use and 100 percent hardware RAID.
SteelVine Series 3 Core products offer key differentiating features that customers demand. The SiI5923 SteelVine Series 3 Core storage processor offers an easy software path, enabling motherboard manufacturers to circumvent cryptic BIOS configuration screens and multiple windows drivers. In addition, the SiI5923 SteelVine Series 3 Core storage processor features Silicon Image's performance RAID, which allows users to easily speed up or add automatic backup features, adding additional drives as needed. The SiI3723 SteelVine Series 3 Core SATA 1:2 port multiplier supports host and device rates of 1.5 Gbps or 3 Gbps with auto-negotiation, giving system designers and end users SATA hard disk drive flexibility.
"Silicon Image has a history of pioneering successful and innovative storage solutions for PCs and consumer electronics, and we continue this tradition with the unique architecture featured in the new SteelVine Series 3 Core products," said Conrad A. Maxwell, senior product line marketing manager at Silicon Image, Inc. "Our collaboration with leading motherboard manufacturers enables us to deliver advanced storage solutions optimized for faster processing capabilities, lower power consumption and reduced cost."
Key features of the SiI5923 SteelVine Series 3 Core storage processor include:
- Storage offload engine (100 percent)
- eSATA-capable device ports
- RAID 1 performance (racing)
- RAID 0 low latency (high performance)
- Easy to use auto mirror/failover (automatic sector recovery)
- High-performance hardware acceleration
Key features of the SiI3723 SteelVine Series 3 Core SATA port multiplier include:
- One host and two device ports
- Storage SATA port multiplier
- eSATA compatible device ports
- Automatic down shift to Gen 1
- LED pins for each PHY
- Enhanced performance option
For more information about Silicon Image's SteelVine storage product family of controllers, port multipliers, host bus adapters (HBAs), bridges and reference designs, please visit www.siliconimage.com/.
About Silicon Image, Inc.
Silicon Image, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductor and intellectual property products for the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content. With a rich history of technology innovation that includes creating industry standards such as DVI and HDMI, the company's solutions facilitate the use of digital content amongst consumer electronics, personal computer (PC) and storage devices, with the goal to securely deliver digital content anytime, anywhere and on any device. Founded in 1995, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with regional engineering and sales offices in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit http://www.siliconimage.com/.