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Storage processors feature automatic drive locking, eSATA cascading

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Silicon Image Inc. is shipping its second generation SteelVine processors—the SiI5723, SiI5734, SiI5744 and SiI5733— that offer advanced storage capabilities for HDTVs, set-top boxes and PCs.

Advanced storage capabilities include drive cascading for hot-plug capacity expansion; dual eSATA Gen2m and USB 2.0 host interfaces; automatic drive locking and single button backup; RAID 0, RAID 1 and two multi-RAID modes; SAFE33 and SAFE50, without requiring any software, drivers or special user knowledge.

The SiI5723 processor is designed specifically for consumer electronics devices, digital video recorders (DVR) and PC motherboards. It features a 3 Gbits/s SATA host interface and two eSATA capable device ports.

The SiI5734 processor, with its combination of eSATA and USB 2.0 host interfaces, is suitable for single-drive external enclosures and external backup drives. It has two eSATA device ports, one eSATA host port and one USB 2.0 host port.

The SiI5744 processor, designed for digital home and small office storage appliances, delivers additional power through advanced RAID functions, including RAID 0, 1, and new modes SAFE 33 and SAFE 50 at a competitive cost. It connects a USB 2.0 or an eSATA host port to two eSATA device ports. Features of the SiI5744 include advanced RAID modes, drive locking and single-button backup.

The SiI5733 processor is aimed at HDTV, DVR, set-top box and PC motherboard manufacturers. It has a 3-Gbits/s SATA host interface and two eSATA capable device ports.

According to Silicon Image, the SiI5733 is the first storage processor on the market to offer content security through automatic drive locking, making drive security simple and requiring no effort by the user. The SiI5733 addresses the risk of data theft from a stolen or lost drive by locking the drive to the host (HDTV, DVR, set-top box or PC) automatically.

All SteelVine storage processor SATA ports operate at 3-Gbits/s and comply with the eSATA Gen2m portions of the SATA 2.5 specifications, making them suitable for use with the SATA Gen II drives. Pricing: In volume is less than $5 each.
Availability: Now.
Data Sheets: SiI5723— click here
SiI5734— click here
SiI5744— click here
SiI5733— click here

Silicon Image Inc., 1-408-616-4000, www.siliconimage.com

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