SAN JOSE, Calif. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 28, 2005—Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) and Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG) 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™ 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™ 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 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.
The Hitachi and Silicon Image SATA product demonstrations will also be featured at CeBIT 2005. CeBIT, the world's largest information technology conference, takes place in Hanover, Germany, March 10-16.
About Silicon Image
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. designs, develops and markets multi-gigabit semiconductor and system solutions for a variety of communications applications demanding high-bandwidth capability. With its proprietary Multi-layer Serial Link MSL™ architecture, Silicon Image is well positioned for leadership in multiple mass markets including PCs, consumer electronics and storage. Currently, Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with its innovative digital interconnect technology, and has emerged as a leading player in the consumer electronics and storage markets-offering robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors.
Statements in this news release related to Silicon Image products are attributable to Silicon Image and not Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi, Ltd. For more information on Silicon Image, visit www.siliconimage.com
About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies was founded in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of Hitachi's and IBM's storage technology businesses. By the end of 2003, Hitachi GST became the industry's second largest hard disk drive manufacturer with $4.2 billion in revenue.
The company's goal is to enable users to fully engage in the digital lifestyle by providing access to large amounts of storage capacity in formats suitable for the office, on the road and in the home. The company offers customers worldwide a comprehensive range of storage products for desktop computers, high-performance servers and mobile devices. For more information on Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.hitachigst.com.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2003 (ended March 31, 2004) consolidated sales totaled 8,632.4 billion yen ($81.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.hitachi.com.
Statements in this news release related to Hitachi products are attributable to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi, Ltd. and not Silicon Image.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the anticipated release of Silicon Image products, timing of those products, integration of such products by customers, and the performance expected of such products, and to the expected success of Silicon Image's strategic collaboration with Hitachi GST and the anticipated growth in sales of SATA products. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Silicon Image's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, Silicon Image's products may not be released as expected, or at all, perform as expected, may not be integrated by customers, or have the features or customer benefits anticipated, and any release may not produce revenue, margin or profit, and the anticipated growth in sales of SATA products may not occur as expected, or at all. Also see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Factors Affecting Future Results" in the most recent Annual Report, Form 10-K or 10-Q filed by Silicon Image with the SEC. Silicon Image assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.
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