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Firms partner on network attached storage solutions

Posted: 06 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Network Attached Storage? Serial ATA? NAS reference designs?

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and Silicon Image Inc. has announced a working alliance to provide Network Attached Storage (NAS) reference designs based on AMCC Power Architecture-based processors and Silicon Image's Serial ATA controllers and port multipliers.

AMCC provides a broad range of processors based on the Power Architecture, allowing system designers to implement compatible NAS products that scale from home to enterprise-class solutions. An example is the PowerPC 405EX that combines the performance of the PowerPC 405 processor core with a suite of peripherals and interfaces. The PowerPC 405EX is suited for applications such as SOHO and consumer NAS systems that require exceptional performance, small footprint and low power. Another example is the PowerPC 460EX processor. With speeds of up to 1GHz as well as a robust peripheral set, the PowerPC 460EX is well suited to a wide range of SMB-class NAS applications. For high-performance enterprise-class solutions, the 440SPe and 460SX Storage processors provide best-in-class system performance, high-bandwidth I/O subsystems, and high throughput hardware accelerated RAID 5 and RAID 6 functionality.

"We are pleased to announce our strategic alliance with Silicon Image," said Charlie Ashton, director of enablement at AMCC. "The products from our two companies are highly synergistic and complementary, so we are confident that our NAS customers will benefit from the results of this close cooperation, such as optimized reference designs."

AMCC and Silicon Image are working together to define and showcase reference designs optimized for specific NAS applications. Customers will be able to use these proven, baseline designs with high confidence that their products will be optimized for the applicable market segments.

"We are delighted to be working with AMCC to provide advanced solutions for the rapidly growing NAS market place," said Alex Chervet, director of marketing at Silicon Image. "The combination of Silicon Image's enterprise class port multipliers and controllers and AMCC's processors provide our mutual customers a quick way to bring proven ultrahigh performance designs to market."

Silicon Image's SiI 3132 is a single-chip, one-lane PCIe to 2-port Serial ATA II host controller that provides server-class performance. The SiI3132 product supports all Serial ATA II features, including FIS-based switching and out-of-order NCQ data delivery. Silicon Image's SiI3726 is a 1-to-5 Serial ATA Port Multiplier designed to provide a high-performance link between a single Serial ATA host port and five Serial ATA device ports. The SiI3726 product gives system designers or end users the flexibility to choose 1.5Gbit/s or 3Gbit/s Serial ATA hard drives.

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