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Storage processor has automatic drive locking

Posted: 11 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? storage processor? security? Silicon Image? RAID?

Silicon Image Inc. started to sample SteelVine SiI5733, a storage processor with content security enabled by automatic drive locking.

Advanced storage capabilities include automatic drive locking, drive cascading for dynamic capacity expansion, RAID 0, RAID 1 and two multi-RAID modes, SAFE33 and SAFE50, without requiring any software, drivers or special user knowledge.

According to Silicon Image, the SiI5733 addresses the risk of data theft from a stolen or lost drive by locking the drive to the host (HDTV, DVR, STB or PC) automatically. If the external drive is removed from the original host, it is inaccessible until reconnected to the same host. There are no passwords to remember, as a unique hidden password is burned into each storage processor.

All SteelVine storage processor SATA ports operate at 3Gbps and comply with the eSATA Gen2m portions of the SATA 2.5 specifications.

The SiI5733 is expected to be available in March 2007 with volume pricing less than $5.

- Ismini Scouras

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