Agere's single-chip solution offers advantages over so-called Serial ATA "bridge" technologies, which require a minimum of two chips and in most cases cannot run at the specification's full speed.
With IT managers focused on reducing costs and improving productivity, Serial ATA drives present a viable alternative for data-intensive enterprise storage solutions such as Web servers, network storage and high-end workstations. Serial ATA drives are about one-fourth the cost of SCSI-attached disk drives, the technology currently used in corporate data storage applications.
"For the first time, HDD makers can now transition to Serial ATA technology simply and cost-effectively using a single chip," explained Joe O'Hare, vice president of Agere's Storage division. "Our expertise in read-channel and system-on-a-chip design allows us to leap beyond interim bridge solutions to deliver a standards-compliant all-in-one device that delivers on the throughput promise of Serial ATA technology."
Agere will provide engineering samples of its Serial ATA SoC to customers in the first calendar quarter of 2003, and expects to begin volume production of the chip in the second half of 2003.