SAN FRANCISCO Silicon Image Inc. has introduced what it claims is the first storage processor with content security enabled by automatic drive locking, requiring no effort by the end user. The device, dubbed the SteelVine SiI5733, is targeted toward HDTV, digital video recorder (DVR), set-top box and PC motherboard manufacturers, the company said.
According to Silicon Image (Sunnyvale, Calif.), the processor offers advanced storage capabilities including automatic drive locking, drive cascading for dynamic capacity expansion, RAID 0, RAID 1 and two multi-RAID modes, SAFE33 and SAFE50, without requiring any software, drivers or special user knowledge.
"When it comes to consumer electronics storage, we think one-touch storage is one touch too many," said Conrad Maxwell, senior product line manager for SteelVine products at Silicon Image, in a statement. "We offer no-touch. Content security through automatic drive locking works automatically, all the time, in the background."
The next-generation SteelVine processors are currently sampling and are expected to be generally available in March with volume pricing less than $5 per unit, Silicon Image said.