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Third Fujitsu USB 3.0 compliant IC allows high-speed hardware encryption

Posted: 22 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SuperSpeed USB? MPU? USB-IF? SATA bridge IC?

Fujitsu Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd announced the newest member of its growing family of USB 3.0-SATA bridge ICs. The MB86E50, has completed USB Implementers Forum compliance testing and is now certified as compliant with the SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) standard by the USB-IF.

As the newest member to the Fujitsu USB 3.0-SATA bridge IC family, the MB86E50 incorporates a 32-bit RISC MPU, and offers hardware-based high-speed encryption. The MB86E50 drives throughput rates up to 5Gbit/s, allows hot plugging of devices, and complies with the USB-attached SCSI (UAS) and BOT protocols. The chip also provides full legacy support for high-speed USB (480Mbit/s) and full-speed USB (12Mbit/s) devices, as well as for ATA, SATA Gen2i (3Gbit/s) and SATA Gen1i (1.5Gbit/s) drives.

The MB86E50 series supports RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring) as well as JBOD and dual LUN configurations. As the chip comes in a compact 68-pin QFN (0.4mm pitch, 8mm x 8mm) package, it appeals as the ideal design choice for demanding RAID storage applications which use external hard disk or solid state drives.

President and chairman of USB-IF, Jeff Ravencraft says, "SuperSpeed USB is an incredible advancement of the USB technology that consumers know and love, and we're excited to witness broad industry support for SuperSpeed USB technology." He adds, "The growing number of certified SuperSpeed USB products and devices in the market is a clear indication of intense interest in, and momentum behind SuperSpeed USB."

To complete the specification and permit measurement of compliance in real products, the USB-IF has established a compliance program which sets reasonable measures of acceptability. Products that possess this level of acceptability are added to the Integrators List, having the right to license the USB-IF logo.

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