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Samsung, Marvell develop 3.0Gbps hard drive

Posted: 25 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:samsung electronics? marvell? hard disk drives? 88i6525? system-on-chip?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Marvell have developed hard disk drives (HDD) that utilize the Marvell 88i6525 system-on-chip (SOC). Samsung claims its latest hard drives are the industry's first products to support native 3.0Gbps I/O transaction capabilities in addition to SATA native command queuing (NCQ).

Marvell's SATA SOC featured on the new drives boasts the smallest pin count and footprint of any HDD SOC on the market, says Samsung. The 88i6525's 128pin TQFP package with 14-by-14mm footprint reduces pin count for HDDs that result in lower costs via pin reduction and PCB area savings. Marvell's chip features low power consumption, due primarily to its Serial ATA physical layer transceiver (PHY) and low-power, high-data rate read channel technology. The 88i6525's read channel core can run up to 1.25Gbps.

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