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Silicon Image debuts 3Gbps-capable SATA controller

Posted: 09 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon image? siI 3124? serial ata controller? siI 3124-1? siI 3124-2?

Silicon Image Inc. has released its SiI 3124 offering that is a 64-bit 133MHz PCI-X to 4-Port Serial ATA controller. Designed for enterprise storage applications, the product is available in two pin-compatible versions: the SiI 3124-1 which operates at first-generation SATA speeds of 1.5Gbps per port and the SiI 3124-2 which operates at SATA speeds of 1.5Gbps and also provides support for 3Gbps signaling.

The SiI 3124 is compliant with the Serial ATA 1.0 specification and supports all SATA II extensions to the Serial ATA 1.0 specification, including native command queuing, enclosure management device support, selectable output strengths for backplanes, hot-plug support, and FIS-based switching with port multipliers. The controller also provides support for tagged command queuing.

The company provides SiI 3124 customers with drivers for the Windows, Linux, and Netware OS, for both RAID and non-RAID operations. Software RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring), RAID 1+0 (mirrored stripe), and RAID 5 (parity stripe) functions are supported through Silicon Image's SATARaid software RAID management utility.

The SiI 3124-1 is priced at $22 and the SiI 3124-2 is priced at $28 in 10,000 quantities.

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