MANHASSET, N.Y. Silicon Image Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has introduced a storage architecture and appliance the company said meets the $1 per gigabyte price point required by consumer electronics and small business users.
Designated SteelVine, the storage architecture includes enterprise-class features, such as virtualization, RAID, hot-plug and hot spare, in a scalable appliance-like solution.
Based on a silicon-on-chip with a 32-bit superscalar processor, the architecture leverages a standard Serial ATA (SATA) interface and provides users with a sophisticated RAID solution that does not require special O/S drivers or RAID software to load or configure, according to the company. The interface to a PC, PVR or SMB server looks like a SATA disk drive, even though the power and intelligence of a full RAID disk array sits behind the 32-bit chip.
The SteelVine embedded microcode supports features like disk-to-disk copy and rebuild, packet cyclic redundancy checks (CRCs) and generation, hot-plug and asynchronous event notification. Compliant with various SATA specs, the chip also supports auto-negotiation between SATA I & II (1.5 Gb/s and 3.0 Gb/s) link speeds and works with both port multiplier (PM)-aware and non-aware hosts and host bus adapters (HBAs).
Silicon Image is partnering with original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to enable a multitude of SteelVine architecture-based implementation choices.
"The problem with today's storage is that it is too complicated, too expensive and too support-intensive," said Steve Tirado, president of Silicon Image's Storage Division, in a statement.
Silicon Image's first implementation of the SteelVine architecture is the SV2000 storage appliance. The device has a five-drive external storage array, 3.5 inch SATA disk drives, and SATA 1.0 and SATA II host and drive support.
The SV2000 will be available in December 2004 at a price of $3,295 for one terabyte of storage capacity.