GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it was jumping into the race to develop new chips for the high-speed Serial ATA interface to storage peripherals and hard-disk drives by striking a product-design alliance with APT Technologies Inc. of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Under a service and licensing agreement, STMicroelectronics use technology from APT to offer stand-alone chips and integrated IC solutions for Serial ATA Gen1 and Gen2 interfaces operating at 1.5-gigabit-per-second and 3-Gbit/sec. speeds, respectively. The partnership will leverage ST's experience in physical-layer (PHY) devices and system-on-chip (SoC) ICs, while using APT's expertise in Serial ATA technology, said company officials.
In addition to hard disk drives, the Serial ATA interface is expected to be adopted in a range of peripheral applications, such as DVD and removable storage devices. Six-year-old APT has been an early supporter of the serial interface and a member of the Serial ATA Working Group, which was led by Intel Corp.
"By providing IP intellectual property design cores that will be integrated in disk drive system-on-chips, we make available our Serial ATA technology for state-of-the-art high-volume disk drives," said James Rubino, chief executive officer of the California-based company.