QuickLogic Corporation has partnered with Consumer Electronics (CE) hard drive manufacturer Seagate Technology to deliver an improved mass storage solution for portable systems incorporating the Seagate S-Series CompactFlash Hard Disc Drives and low power embedded processors.
High-density Small Form Factor (SFF) Hard Disc Drive (HDD) storage is proliferating into high growth portable and handheld consumer applications such as MP3 players, navigation systems, digital cameras, smartphones, and others. However, the difficulty of mating low power embedded processors to SFF HDDs has proven to be a significant challenge due to lack of a native IDE interface. As a result, designers sacrifice performance, and therefore battery life.
In response to this challenge, QuickLogic has created a companion device to connect Seagate S-Series disc drives to Intel PXA2xx processors. QuickLogic and Seagate performed benchmark tests on different data buffer sizes and disc drive densities. The results continuously demonstrated the theoretical maximum effective transfer rate of the disc drives.
Availability and pricing
The QuickLogic Companion Device integrates a full-featured IDE Bridge Controller and local bus interface for embedded processors and is available now. In volume quantities, the companion device sells for less than $5. For more information, visit www.quicklogic.com/hdd.